A working group set up by the Lithuanian prime minister to work out a plan for streamlining the network of scientific and educational institutions will represent the interests of the state, rather than those of individual universities, Education and Science Minister Jurgita Petrauskienė said on Monday.
Students at the University of Vilnius
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"There are different interests and it is natural that the interests of the heads of institutions differ from those of the academic community or regional authorities. Our responsibility is to formulate the state's interests," she told reporters after the first meeting of the working group.

The group, which is headed by the minister, will analyze proposals from more than 40 interested institutions and is expected to have the plan ready by late April.

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said in January that only up to five universities could be left in the country. He stressed, however, that the number was not yet final.

Lithuania currently has 14 state universities and several tens of the so-called universities of applied sciences.

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