Foreign universities are not interested
In 2017, over 10 thousand studied abroad. Lithuanian students. The most popular destinations are Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland, Germany, the USA, Russia, France, Sweden and the United Kingdom, which attracts about 40% every year. of all departing. In 2018-2019, as many as 4,200 young people from Lithuania studied here. However, the editor of the magazine Editor Gintaras Sarafinas says that only 80-90 Lithuanian graduates go to the best universities, such as Cambridge, Oxford or Harvard, every year, and the vast majority enroll in colleges that are lower than the average ranking or are not interested in an educational institution.
“There are over 20 thousand people in the world. universities. It seems to the students that without exception, all higher education institutions located in Great Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway or another country surpass the quality of universities in Lithuania. But in reality and abroad there are very low level universities. Graduates who have not done their homework go to study abroad and after a while realize that their studies are not even university. And there are not many who find themselves in secondary or tertiary educational institutions without interest, ”says G.Sarafin.
Hailing from Canada, Scotland’s prestigious St. He studied at Andrews University and is currently teaching at ISM University, dr. Jonathan Boyd agrees that when choosing a university, students are most concerned about the opportunity to study abroad. However, he emphasizes that young people should really focus not on where but at which university they will study.
“A large part of Lithuanian students study in British universities, whose teaching standards are of medium or lower than average quality, compared to other universities in the United Kingdom. For some students, this can be a great choice. However, the fact that some students still return to Lithuania dissatisfied with the quality of studies abroad shows that such universities are not necessarily the best choice for everyone, ”comments dr. Jonathan Boyd.
Lithuanian students are in the spotlight of weak foreign schools
Lithuanian students often find themselves in weak foreign higher education institutions because they are tempted to enter them in their homeland. Educational institutions that are unable to compete with strong universities consider foreigners as their target audience, so they participate in study exhibitions in Lithuania, where they try to interest students visiting here in science abroad.
“It is the duty of a young person to take an interest in the reputation of a university that interests him or her and that speaks to studying. However, I see that young people who go abroad do not even have to think about the opinion of employers about the graduates of a certain higher education institution or other quality indicators. It is difficult for these young people, because vocational guidance does not exist in Lithuania. These children are behaving the way they think, ”says Sarafin.
The fact that some students still return to Lithuania dissatisfied with the quality of studies abroad shows that such universities are not necessarily the best choice for everyone.
Studies abroad have to take out loans
Prospective graduates are currently choosing a profession and thinking about the education they want to help them get a university. G.Sarafinas says that young people looking abroad should reconsider their studies in Lithuania. According to him, one third of Lithuanian universities in the global rankings seem really solid, and compared to other countries – Lithuania has an excellent price-quality ratio. He evaluates the quality of studies provided in Lithuania with 8 points out of 10.
“Even 40 percent. chooses Great Britain to study Lithuanian graduates going abroad. However, most sciences have to take out loans that cover only the cost of their studies, and they have to earn a living on their own. Brexit and quarantine have also brought a lot of uncertainty here. Those living and studying in the West must spend at least 1000 euros to live on – rent, transport, food, etc. Therefore, it is important to take an interest not only in the quality of studies, but also in your financial possibilities, ”says G.Sarafinas.
In his opinion, some Lithuanian higher education institutions can offer really high quality, so for all those who choose where to study, he advises to come to the university, see it and get to know it more closely, because, as Sarafin says, “imagination is very different from reality” . When choosing a higher education institution, he also encourages to take an interest in the university's reputation, rankings, employment opportunities, employers' and alumni's evaluations, and to look at salary analysis. “There are a lot of opportunities to identify the quality of the university, all you have to do is take an interest and do your homework,” says Sarafin.