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To promote studies in regions, 42 students of Klaipėda Universitety will receive scholarships

As many as 42 Klaipėda University students who have chosen study programmes of Informatics, Informatics Engineering, Mechanics, Chemistry, and Electrical Engineering that are in great demand in the labour market will receive state-granted targeted incentive scholarships until the end of their studies. The amount of monthly support for students, provided they have no academic debts, is 200 Eur.

Targeted scholarships for students who have chosen to study informatics, mathematics, and engineering, relevant to the regional development in  Lithuania, in higher education institutions of Klaipėda, Šiauliai, and Panevėžys Regions shall be granted targeted scholarships at the initiative of the Ministry of the Economy and Innovations. Such scholarships have been first granted this year. The initiative is supported by the foreign investment development agency Invest Lithuania  and organisations representing the interests of employers who constantly face a shortage of skilled employees in regions. In this way, the State of Lithuania assumes an obligation to support over 400 students in higher education institutions.

Dr. Rima Mickevičienė, Dean of the Faculty of Marine Technology and Natural Sciences, Klaipėda University, says that the incentive for young people to study in regions is important for all parties. “We all observe that young people are attracted by rapidly economically developing Vilnius and Kaunas. As early as during the studies, they find their places in the labour market there, start families, and raise children. The likelihood of young professionals returning to regions is minimal. Meanwhile, there is a constant shortage of competent specialists here; therefore, support for young people who have chosen studies in regions means stopping talking and taking action”, says dr. Mickevičienė.

Dr. Mickevičienė, the head of the faculty training specialists in exact and engineering sciences, emphasises another important aspect: the said study programmes are not popular with women.  The list of 42 students to receive incentive gifts includes merely five young women. “We strongly encourage women to decide on study programmes of exact sciences and engineering. We could have many more of them in this area. All developed countries encourage women to choose professions most relevant to the economic recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic, which will guarantee them jobs and stable income”, says dr. Mickevičienė, Dean of the Faculty of Marine Technology and Natural Sciences.

A KU student of Chemical Engineering who will be reciving an incentive scholarship   called the financial support of the state a pleasant surprise. “I chose Klaipėda University because I liked the specialty, I liked the city, and I never thought about a scholarship, however,  this is a nice incentive”, says Laura Urvakytė. Gediminas Leščiauskas, a prospective mechanical engineer, who also received an annual schollarship from the Klaipėda City Municipality, was also happy: “This is a great stimulus to continue working in order to maintain a good grade point average and the right to a scholarship”.

The Ministry of Economy and Innovation announced that, in 2018, Lithuanian universities planned to admit 1,716 students to the study programmes of engineering and technology, and only 1,248 were admitted. The colleges planned to have 4,990 students in the study programmes of informatics, physical sciences, engineering, and technology, while only 1,862 were admitted. In 2019, the programmes of social sciences at universities were chosen by 38,5% of all applicants, and  at colleges, 41,7%, meanwhile,  merely  13,4% applicants to universities and 14,2% to colleges chose studies related to information technology and mathematics.