Universities fight for survival as student numbers shrink

The number of students in Lithuanian higher education institutions has almost halved compared to 15 years ago. With universities and colleges risking extinction, the hope is foreign students, but they are still few in Lithuania, writes Jurate Anilionyte for LRT.

Kaunas’ Vytautas Magnus University (VDU), the second largest university in Lithuania, is starting the new academic year with 7% more first-year students than last year.

Enrolment numbers have stabilised in recent years, but there are still several times fewer students than the university would like to have, according to VDU Rector Juozas Augutis. “As student numbers shrink, the number of lecturers naturally shrinks as well, but this tendency is threatening for Lithuania,” he says.
Full report on the LRT.It site