Erasmus+ KA2 project with the aim to improve quality assurance in transnational VET mobility coordinated by Europa Training UK.

Vilniaus Kolegjia

Vilniaus kolegija/University of Applied Sciences (VK) is the largest accredited higher professional education institution in Lithuania, which was founded in 2000 merging 8 schools of higher education.

VK has 460 qualified educators, 60 of whom are Doctors of Science (PhD) and around 7 000 students on 45 study programmes in 7 faculties: Electronics and Informatics, Economics, Business Management, Health Care, Pedagogic, Arts and Creative Technologies and Agro-technologies. Six study programmes are carried out in English. The duration of full-time studies are 3 - 3,5 years. The university is the only higher education institution in Lithuania, which has been awarded with the diploma of the Knowledge Economy Forum for innovations.

In relation to improving the quality and relevance of higher education VK constantly updates curricula as per market needs. Social partners have a strong role in the study process participating in the curricula development, in the committees for final project evaluation, etc. Together with partners new study programmes are being developed. The university graduates tracking and Alumni section creation will give further possibilities to be in alliance with the changing needs in wider economy.

To strengthen quality through mobility and cross-border cooperation VK continuously enlarges the number of mobile students’ to both EU and non-EU countries further improving mobility integration into curricula, and recognition of credits gained abroad.Development of students and academic staff mobility is the other key objective of the university internationalization strategy. Students’ academic and internship mobility is one of the study quality indicators. It shows the willingness of students to compete in the international education and the labour market. In this regard, VK consistently and strategically develops its students’ mobility paying equal attention to study and traineeships mobility; as well as personnel mobility especially that of academics, defining staff, destination countries and institutions mobility priorities.

In relation to increasing attainment levels of graduates and researches Europe needs, VK strives for and supports further policy development for smooth transition for students from vocational education to the universities of applied sciences for first cycle studies and later on for UASs’ students’ further studies in the second cycle, which is available only in the universities of Lithuania currently. In this sense, VK will continue developing cross-section programmes, looking for the new ways of delivering education including online courses and programmes, further developing policy and tools for recognition of non-formal competences.

VK department "Simulith centre" is a unique body in Lithuania, established in 1994 by Ministry of Education and Science and is a member of worldwide Practice Enterprise network Europen-Pen International since 1996. Each country (more than 40 countries all around the world) in which a PEs Network exists has its only one service centre, called the National Central Office (CO). In Lithuania "Simulith centre" acts as CO. "Simulith centre" manages, develops and coordinates the concept of Practice Enterprises and its methodology on national level. It facilitates the establishment and the activities of the Practice Enterprises, trains teachers to become trainers of Practice Enterprises and organises various training courses for their qualification improvement, organises fairs of practice enterprises initiates and participates in international projects. Simulith Centre" simulates the state institutions for the needs of Practice Enterprise, ensures simulated bank operations between Lithuanian and foreign PEs.

Address: J JASINSKIO G. 15, 01111, VILNIUS, Lithuania

Website: www.viko.lt

The Erasmus+ funded STAYMOBIL project sets the overall aim to improve quality assurance in transnational VET mobility through socially responsible behaviour of all VET mobility actors, thus promoting and further developing quality in mobility and sustaining learning outcomes.

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