Problems of University Education in Lithuania: Student Point of View

  •  Vincentas Lamanauskas    
  •  Dalia Augiene    
  •  Rita Makarskaite-Petkeviciene    


The problems of university education though retain a complex character still become more and more pressing issues for a number of reasons. Labour market dynamics and a changing society require flexible, innovative and creative possibilities of lifelong learning. Higher education institutions are not limited to primary professional training of students. Therefore, it is necessary to search for the new possibilities of improving the skills of specialists and professionals changing personal specializations, developing individual abilities and acquiring high level professional competences. Continuing education at universities plays a fundamental role in choosing strategy priorities identified in the field of European education. Thus, it is necessary to strive for the highest standards of scientific activities, studies and obtained results acknowledged by the international community. On the other hand, a competition between universities becomes more intense at both the national and international level. Insufficient focus on a consumer (student) and offered services decreases the quality of studies and acquired education.
Solutions made to any problem require relevant and accurate information. Research on the students’ opinions about the questions of university education has remained a serious matter. Moreover, this is how fairly objective primary information about the processes taking place in this sector can be obtained. Empiric research (N=544) carried out in January – February 2012 showed controversial student positions on university education. The students’ opinions may vary depending on the sex and the year of studies. It has been discovered that female rather than male students more positively evaluate the majority of aspects of university education.

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