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In times of emergency
The Lithuanian Armed Forces are reliable in times of all kinds of disaster. When a real danger arises to people or nature, troops, which react fast and are well trained and equipped with modern technology, can save many lives.
Troops remove explosives which are still found in considerable numbers when roads or buildings are built, and which also rise to the surface of the sea. Every year bomb disposal squads defuse an average of 2,000 mines and aviation bombs. The Armed Forces also help in searching for missing people. Air Force helicopter crews provide emergency support by transporting patients and donor organs.
Troops also assist in extinguishing fires. In 2006, military from different units and Air Force pilots with helicopters took part in putting out the raging fire, which was called the "fire of the century", in the forests of the Curonian Spit. Assistance is required almost every year by the people in the Nemunas Delta, when floods cut their farms off from the rest of the world.
Hence, it is not surprising that people's trust in the Armed Forces has doubled since their restoration, and the defence establishment is held in extremely high esteem by civilians.
The military and the public
The best way to understand how other people lives is to experience it yourself. One of the greatest priorities of the Lithuanian Armed Forces is attention and openness to all members of society. Anyone interested in military life can find ways to try it.
In the last month of summer traditional four-day marches in the Training Regiment are organised. Hundreds of volunteers of any age come to try what soldiers' life is by walking together all day and spending nights in barracks.
Every year more and more foreigners take part in the marches.
In summer thousands of schoolchildren spend part of their holidays in camps organised by the military and municipal authorities. Children can not only see, but also try military discipline.
The military cooperates with many various NGOs and the Riflemen's Union, a voluntary civil defence organisation which focuses on national and cultural values, education, physical training and sports.
Since the interwar period the Lithuanian Armed Forces have been celebrating the Day of Unity of the Military and Society. Everybody interested can talk with soldiers, share their concerns, learn the latest news or try military equipment and armaments. Usually, on that day all units and detachments have an Open Doors Day.
The Lithuanian Armed Forces never make secrets where they do not exist, but know how to keep them if necessary.
Basketball is one of the most popular sports in our country. For millions of people all over the world, it was precisely basketball that put the name of Lithuania on the map together with its star players such as Arvydas Sabonis, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Arvydas Macijauskas, Žydrūnas Ilgauskas, coaches, referees and organizers. In a relatively short history of Lithuanian basketball (the first basketball game took place in 1922), the men's national team won three Olympic bronze medals, three times was the European champion, and once earned European silver. The Lithuanian national women’s team also took gold and silver in European championships. Youth and junior basketball teams of Lithuania also are recent champions of Europe.
Discus thrower Virgilijus Alekna won two Olympic Games;
Pentathlon athlete Andrejus Zadneprovskis is an Olympic silver medallist, while his teammate Edvinas Krungolcas won three European gold medals.
The world's strongest man also lives in Lithuania: Žydrūnas Savickas is the reigning champion and three-time winner of the Arnold Strongman title.
Jurgis Kairys, the first man to fly in the sky to the music, is the world leader in aerobatics.
Žuvėdra, the dance sport formation of unrivalled grace and expression, is a four-time world champion and five-time European champion.
First European Ministry of Education
A complete system of formal education in Lithuania was created back at the end of the 16th century: the primary education (stage 1), the pre-higher education (stage 2) and higher/university education. The year 1773 saw the establishment of the Education Commission – the first education institution of the Lithuanian-Polish state, which served as the very first European Ministry of Education. It created a new education management system. The school network was headed by Vilnius University (major school of the Grand Duchy as of 1781).
Educational system today
The system of education in Lithuania is based on European cultural values. It has been undergoing a gradual overhaul ever since 1992, when the education reform was launched.
Pre-school education follows pre-school curriculum and is provided for the children from one to five (or six) years of age. Preparatory education is provided from six years of age, or even earlier at parents’ request (and where the child is sufficiently mature for this level of education), but not before the child is five. The duration is one year.
General education follows the curricula of primary, basic and secondary education and lasts for 12 years. Primary education is provided from seven years of age, or earlier at parents’ request, provided the child is prepared. The duration of the curriculum is four years. Upon completion, children acquire primary education. Basic (lower-secondary) education lasts six years. Upon completion of 10th grade curriculum, students acquire basic (lower-secondary) education. As next stage in general education, students may opt for secondary or vocational education curricula. Secondary education lasts two years. Upon the completion of the curriculum of secondary education and having passed maturity examinations, students acquire secondary education. Schooling until 16 years of age is compulsory. There is no academic achievement evaluation at primary level. 5-12 grade achievements fall within the grade scale 1-10.
Lithuania has 1415 schools of general education providing education for 464906 children.
Vocational training is designed to acquire qualification and lasts from one to three years. Vocational schools follow vocational training curricula. Schools of general education are also entitled to provide training following vocational training modules.
Oldest university in Eastern Europe
The history of higher education in Lithuania goes back to the times when Vilnius Academy-University (Alma academia et universitas Vilnensis societatis Iesu) was opened up under the new privilege by King Stephanus Bathoreus, issued on April 1, 1579 and confirmed by a papal bull issued by Pope Gregory XIII on October 29 of the same year. It turned out to be the first higher education establishment in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and Eastern Europe to that matter.
Not before long, the university became an important intellectual centre: it had 18 professors and a thousand students as early as 17th century. Vilnius University had enough potential for the generation of the most advanced ideas. The most outstanding figures were Martinus Smiglecius who earned university prominence in Europe through his writings “Logica” and “On Usury”, poet Mathias Casimirus Sarbievius, master of rhetoric Sigismundus Lauxminus, Albertus Koialowicius-Wijuk, author of the first Lithuania’s history book, Constantinus Syrvidus, founder of Lithuanian lexicography and linguistics in general, Meletius Smotricius, author of “Slavonic Grammar”, Casimirus Siemienovicius, author of multi-staged rocket idea, mathematicians and astronomers Martizin Poczobutt and Thomas Zebrovicius (the latter, in 1753, established the oldest in the Eastern Europe and the fourth in the world University Observatory.), Jean Emanuel Gilibert, head of History Deaprtment, Georg Forster, Stanyslaw Bonifacy Jundzill and other figures known world-wide.
The country has a well-developed system of universities and colleges. Scientific research potential is centred in 31 public establishment of higher education (15 universities and 16 colleges) and 20 private higher education establishments (8 universities and 12 colleges), 17 state research institutes, 18 university research institutes and 8 state research establishments. Different public and state agencies as well as businesses also participate in R&D activities. The total number of institutions involved in R&D is over a hundred and fifty. The largest number of researchers (66 %) falls to the sector of higher education. Public sector accounts for 29 %, while business for 5%.
Lithuania has a binary higher education system – non-university studies and university type studies. Non-university studies are one cycle (undergraduate) professional studies intended for the preparation (training) for professional activity. After the professional studies are completed a diploma of higher education testifying the obtained professional qualification is awarded. Duration of daytime non-university studies is from 3 till 4 years. This type of studies is provided by colleges. Non-university higher education studies can be transferred as an appropriate part of university first cycle or integrated studies on a course-by-course evaluation basis. University studies are organised in three cycles: first cycle (undergraduate Bachelor) studies; second cycle (graduate Master’s or specialised professional) studies; third cycle (post-graduate residency, doctoral or post-graduate art) studies. University studies can be integrated when the first and the second cycles are combined. University higher education is provided by universities.
At the end of 2003, the Government of the Republic of Lithuania approved the National Long-Term R&D Strategy and its implementation programme in line with the provisions of Science and Technology White Paper. With a view to national need for hi-tech development, the Government has been working on a Hi-Tech Development Programme aimed to facilitate the development of hi-tech production areas which have global prospects and available research potential enabling to produce globally competitive products. The mentioned programme provides for the development of R&D in biotechnologies, mechatronics, laser and information technologies, nanotechnologies and electronics.
Players at global biotech market
Biotechnology is one of the best examples of targeted research and its application in production. Lithuanian biotechnology research centres have accumulated a great intellectual potential and achieved good results in the chemical and biochemical research of protein, enzymes and nucleic acid for pharmaceutical application, as well as the molecular biology research of prokaryote and eukaryote cells. Though the share of the Lithuanian biotechnology sector is relatively small, it was assessed by global audit and business consulting company Ernst & Young as having no equals in Central and Eastern Europe.
Lithuania has over 10 laser technology companies developing and manufacturing laser-retaled products. About 75% of their production is exported to the most mature countries: the USA, Japan, and the EU. Laser technology and research centres carry out international projects funded by the EU and NATO. The international acclaim of the Lithuanian laser research could be demonstrated by the project LASERLAB EUROPE. The project award in 2004 made Vilnius University Laser Research Centre a partner for Integrated European Laser Laboratories.
Mechatronics: an important part of industry
This is another research area on the rise in Lithuania.
Apart from the research output in modelling, power, dynamics, accuracy, reliability and other areas, Kaunas Technological University can offer new technologies and products based on the synthesis of piezoactive materials, smart precision metering instruments and systems, ultrasound flow measuring instruments, ultrasound level and distance precision meters, medical diagnostics systems, ultrasonic echoscope converters and devices, mechatronic physiological monitoring systems, software for saving-control of technological equipment and signal procession and other hi-tech items. The Semiconductor Physics Institute has been doing fundamental and experimental research of physical properties of sensors based on semiconductors, sensing changes in pressure of gases/liquids, in temperature and MW power, as well as recognising various gases in air. The Lithuanian Energy Institute and Vytautas Magnus University have achieved outstanding results in electrochemical generator development. Some of the new products developed by Lithuanian research and study institutions have already been put on the production line.
Lithuania has over a thousand IT companies with a steady rise in outputs and GDP share.
Now, dozens of companies have contracts concluded with foreign clients and continue developing products for the global market. Some of these are joint foreign-Lithuanian ventures. The largest research potential is in Kaunas University of Technology, Vilnius University, the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics and Vilnius Gediminas Technical University. The research carried out also includes new software development methods and hardware design technologies.
Stable Political and Macroeconomic Environment
High-quality Human Resource
• One of the most multilingual peoples in the EU - among five EU countries with the highest percentage of people speaking at least one foreign language: every third Lithuanian speaks English, and eight Lithuanians out of 10 speak Russian
• ~ 40% of the labour force with higher education
• 20% of tertiary graduates in engineering
Great Quality of Life
• Quality of life is one of the highest among the new EU-12 members (International Living 2009 Quality of Life Index)
• 4 UNESCO World Heritage masterpieces
• Mild climate, pristine nature; the Lithuanian coast is No. 9 among the top 100 summer destinations by the British Sunday Times
• World-class entertainment and leisure services
• Easily accessible social services
ATTRACTIVE ECONOMY SECTORS
• Shared services and business process outsourcing (BPO) – well-educated multilingual labour pool
• ICT – modern knowledge economy; companies leading among the Baltic States
• Lasers – globally acknowledged production and inventions
• Biotech – production does not have equivalents in Central and Eastern Europe
• Plastics – with three huge plants leading in the region
• Metal processing, machinery and electric equipment – widely-acknowledged high-tech products
• Furniture & wood processing – among the most important suppliers for IKEA
• Textile & clothing – one of the most specialised EU countries in the textile and clothing sector
• Food – internationally acknowledged and in-demand production
• Real estate – the largest market among the Baltic States with great development potential
• Tourism – untouched ecological countryside, well developed rural tourism network, high demand for entertainment services; forthcoming Lithuanian events of international importance
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