As the capital, Vilnius is a city of science and technology and home to 14 colleges and universities, 13 research institutes, and 5 science and tech parks. It is a place where world-class science and technological innovations are being developed. Experts in laser technologies, medicine, information, and biotechnologies, as well as architects and artists, have been promoting Lithuania abroad for quite some time now. For instance, the Lithuanian biochemist and Vilnius University Professor Virginijus Šikšnys was among the Nobel Prize candidates in Chemistry in 2016.
Vilnius has seven universities. These are:
- Vilnius University – the largest and the oldest Lithuanian scientific institution, which is ranked in the TOP 500 Best World Universities by the QS World University Rankings;
- Vilniaus Gedimino Technical University (VGTU) – an innovative Lithuanian university educating highly qualified and creative specialists, and assuming a leading position in Lithuanian technical and engineering education, and research;
- ISM University of Management and Economics – the first private university in Lithuania with more than 2,000 students in the fields of business, management and economics;
- Mykolas Romeris University (MRU) – the second-largest research university in Lithuania, enrolls approximately 9,000 students and offers more than 100 doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s study programmes, with over 80% of them internationally accredited;
- The Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences (LUES) – a major teacher training institution in Lithuania that offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate studies in humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, biomedicine and technologies;
- The European Humanities University (EHU) – founded in Minsk in 1992, EHU became a Belarusian “university-in-exile” in Lithuania in 2004 after it was shut down by Belarusian authorities for standing up against attempts to undermine its academic freedom. EHU provides higher and low residence study programmes at the undergraduate, graduate and PhD levels in the field of liberal arts and humanities;
- Kazimieras Simonavičius University (KSU) – a higher education institution that offers studies in major areas of social sciences (business, economics, law, political science), as well as technological sciences in the field of information technologies.
For more artistic talents Vilnius offers programmes at Vilnius Academy of Arts (VAA) or the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA).
More detailed information about Vilnius’ higher education institutions can be found here.
Moreover, Vilnius is a place of various makerspaces, where science meets creativity, and where innovative ideas are growing:
- The Linkmenų Factory – a Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU) Creativity and Innovation Centre that serves as a collaborative makerspace with modern tools for learning, making, and sharing in the field of product design, audio and video art, engineering innovations, as well as creative industries;
- The Technarium – an open, community-operated makerspace in Vilnius where people are creating and developing a local technical community hub. The main aim of the Technarium is the common creation of technical innovations;
- Padirbtuvės – an open workshop/gathering space in Vilnius where people can realise and share any idea. The members of this makerspace organise open workshops on topics related to craft and creativity, and collaborate on projects by means of sharing tools.
If you would like to get experience in cool Vilnius startups, visit the dedicated Facebook group Internship @ LT startups.