The number of Azerbaijani students in Lithuania is constantly increasing
Rimantas Vaytkus, Deputy Minister for Education in Lithuania:
- Lithuania always has a large national stand at educational exhibitions. Therefore we always come across with our colleagues and partners at this event and strengthen our relationships each year. This exhibition is very informative: students can get a lot of information by attentively studying the stands, asking questions and collecting detailed information. I’m sure that this exhibition will be very successful.
In addition to participating in the exhibition, I have had the opportunity to meet the Minister for Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as the principals of the Baku State University of and the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy.
I should notice that education in Azerbaijan is rapidly developing, but still we are happy to invite future students to Lithuania – we have much to offer. This could be on a short-term basis (for example, one semester) or for a full-time educational programme. Due to numerous positive changes in the higher educational system today, our education meets European standards. More than 20 higher education institutions in Lithuania are waiting new students. We have a binary education system, with higher professional education in both state and private colleges and institutions.
It is noteworthy that, thanks to the ERASMUS programme, our students can receive part of their training in another European education institution. Some of the Lithuanian universities also offer future employment opportunities. For example, Barclays Bank has developed a programme within the framework of which the graduates are recruited through the management centre. Moreover I can name several pharmaceutical companies which are employing our recent graduates. Probably these advantages and the growing popularity of education that have influenced the number of Azerbaijani students which has increased threefold, and today more than 170 students are studying in Lithuania.