The Lithuanian parliament on Thursday endorsed a state university network optimization plan that calls for leaving less than half of the country's current 14 universities. The Seimas passed the resolution in a vote of 77 to 6 with 31 abstentions.
Mykolas Riomeris University ( V. Gelumbausko nuotr.)

"Much time has been wasted and many lances have been broken over a non-decisive document," Conservative MP Jurgis Razma said, noting that a parliamentary resolution is not a law and, therefore, is not binding.

Under the plan, Lithuania should have one classical university offering a wide range of studies in Vilnius and Kaunas each. The two cities may also have specialized technological, health sciences and arts universities.

It is also proposed to keep regional university-level education and science centers in Klaipėda and Šiauliai. These centers could function as units of other universities.

The plan is called a compromise as specific instructions on how universities should be merged were removed from it after heated discussions in the Seimas and in academic communities.

President signs 'spy swap' bill into law

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has signed into law a bill detailing the president's right to...

Remains of another partisan found in Vilnius

The remains of Lithuanian partisan Juozapas Streikus-Stumbras have been found at Orphans' Cemetery...

Vilnius politicians agree on demolition of kindergarten built on top of Great Synagogue

Vilnius Municipal Council last week deemed the kindergarten built on top of the remains of the...

Lithuania and Poland complete arrangements for state reburial of 1863 insurgents

Representatives of the Lithuanian and Polish government completed earlier this week the last...

Court extends ex-judge's arrest for 2 months

The Kaunas District Court extended on Friday the arrest warrant for Neringa Venckiene for two...