ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS IN THE STRATEGIC PLANNING OF THE STEM SUBUNIT OF UNIVERSITY: REMARKS FOR A CASE STUDY
QUALITY OF HIGHER EDUCATION
Zenonas Norkus
Published 2011-01-01
https://doi.org/10.15388/ActPaed.2011.26.2978
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Keywords

strategic planning
analysis
efficiency of Lithuanian higher education system
emigration and higher education
folk and research universities

How to Cite

Norkus Z. (2011) “ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS IN THE STRATEGIC PLANNING OF THE STEM SUBUNIT OF UNIVERSITY: REMARKS FOR A CASE STUDY”, Acta Paedagogica Vilnensia, 260, pp. 96-106. doi: 10.15388/ActPaed.2011.26.2978.

Abstract

The article provides the outline for analysis of the economic, social, and political factors, shaping the field of activities of Lithuanian higher schools (universities). This outline was prepared while making the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats analysis for the strategic plan of Vilnius university. The paper disputes several clichés about inefficiencies circulating in the Li­thuanian mass media. Following theses are substantia­ted: (1) in purely economic terms, the Lithuanian higher education system is most efficient in Europe, because the cost of education at Lithuanian high schools are the least in comparison with other European countries. (2) Lithuanian higher school system is not inefficient in social terms, because even after graduating from the study programs of lower quality students acquire ge­neral human capital that is optimal under conditions of liberal market economy (in the sense of Peter Hall and David Soskice) taking shape in Lithuania, or prepare themselves for emigration career. (3) The most fatal mistake that was done while reforming the system of higher education in Lithunia, was the failure to credit Vilnius university with the status of national university. Because of this failure, there barely remains the chance that Lithuania will have not only folk universities, but also at least one research university.

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