Lithuania National Experiences

Published: 08/03/2011 | Modified: 08/04/2014, 2:21 pm

Contact details of the institution hosting the BHO

 

Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education

A. Goštauto g. 12, LT-01108 Vilnius
Phone: +37 052 107 782
Mail: euraxess@skvc.lt
URL website: www.skvc.lt
URL national EURAXESS portal: www.euraxess.lt

Bridgehead Organisation

The BHO is hosted by the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education. The institution’s activities consist primarily of evaluating study programmes of universities and colleges and assessing foreign qualifications.

EURAXESS Services Centres

Lithuania has no ESCs.

Local Contact Points

Lithuania has five LoCPs located in five universities: Vilnius University, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Mykolas Romeris University, Kaunas Technological University and Vytautas Magnus University.

Structure of the national network

The Lithuanian Researchers’ Services Centre (BHO) is a division of a public institution, the Centre for Quality Assesment in Higher Education. It consists of two employees who work solely on EURAXESS activities. All the people at the LoCPs work on EURAXESS activities on a part-time basis.

  • Full-time equivalent staff:
  • Number of persons:
  • BHO: 2
  • BHO: 2
  • LoCP: 0
  • LoCP: 7

Declaration of Commitment (DoC)

So far only the BHO has signed the Declaration of Commitment. Nevertheless, the BHO and all the LoCPs have signed collaboration agreements covering most of the principles from the Declaration of Commitment.

National funding of the EURAXESS Services Network

As a part of a public institution, the BHO receives funding from the state budget. The activities of the LoCPs are funded by the universities’ budgets.

Target groups of the Bridgehead Organisation

  • authorities
  • social partners
  • administrative staff of research institutions and universities

Target groups of the Local Contact Points

  • administrative staff within the local institution
  • researchers

Relationship and communication between the BHO, the Steering Group for Human Resources and Mobility for Researchers (SG HRM), the National Contact Points (NCPs) and the Programme Committee

Our BHO has a close relationship with the Lithuanian representative in the SG HRM. Communication is not only formal (exchanging useful and necessary information for both parties), but we also hold meetings several times a year.

1. Heading the EURAXESS Lithuania team

Published: 09/05/2011 | Modified: 06/05/2014, 1:45 pm

Because of the fact that we were the only ESC in Lithuania until the summer of 2010, when five LoCPs joined the national EURAXESS network, we were trying to perform all the functions that were to be handled by the BHO, the ESCs and the LoCPs. Typical work for the Lithuanian BHO is to provide information about social security issues. Many efforts are also being made to provide information about the EURAXESS network.


All our work is focused on our target groups, which are primarily two: one consists of researchers (in doctoral studies, both young and experienced researchers) in Lithuanian research institutes as well as scientists in Lithuanian universities; the other target group comprises employees from universities and research institutions (private and public) that are responsible for and should be actively interested in employing researchers, scientists and lecturers from abroad.

We have a national document (Researchers’ Career Development Programme) stating the need for a Lithuanian ESC in order to implement the objectives foreseen in this programme:

  • promotion of students’ research activities;

  • doctoral-residency studies;

  • improvement of qualifications and competences of scientists and other researchers;

  • postdoctoral training;

  • funding for visiting scientists from abroad;

  • grant programmes aimed at Lithuanian scientists and at attracting and reintegrating high-level researchers from abroad;

  • employment (state aids for loans) of highly qualified personnel in enterprises working in knowledge- and innovative technology-intensive economic sub-sectors.

  • 2. Communication within the network

    Published: 09/05/2011 | Modified: 06/05/2014, 1:45 pm

    We have developed good collaborative relationships with the Ministry of Education and Science and the Lithuanian Research Council mainly by communicating by email, phone, and organizing meetings on certain topics. Unfortunately, not all research institutes are willing to pursue further cooperation with us, so some problems in communicating and cooperating still remain. However, many efforts are being made (organizing seminars, inviting researchers to conferences, etc.) and there is a clear vision of mutual interest and fluent cooperation.

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    1. Communication within the network

    Published: 09/05/2011 | Modified: 06/05/2014, 1:45 pm

    We have developed good collaborative relationships with the Ministry of Education and Science and the Lithuanian Research Council mainly by communicating by email, phone, and organizing meetings on certain topics. Unfortunately, not all research institutes are willing to pursue further cooperation with us, so some problems in communicating and cooperating still remain. However, many efforts are being made (organizing seminars, inviting researchers to conferences, etc.) and there is a clear vision of mutual interest and fluent cooperation.

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    1. General information

    Published: 15/12/2014 | Modified: 15/12/2014, 8:55 pm

    • The Lithuanian State social security system consists of the social insurance system (incl. pension) and the medical insurance system.
    • The main condition for entitlement to benefits under the social security scheme is to be an employee or a self-employed person and to pay contributions

    2. Foreign employee

    Published: 15/12/2014 | Modified: 15/12/2014, 8:56 pm

    In general, the same rules as for employees with fixed employment contracts apply to this group, but length of stay can affect the entitlements

    3. Foreign employee

    Published: 15/12/2014 | Modified: 15/12/2014, 8:56 pm

    In general, the same rules as for employees with fixed employment contracts apply to this group, but length of stay can affect the entitlements

    4. Foreign researcher without contract

    Published: 15/12/2014 | Modified: 15/12/2014, 8:57 pm

    The entitlements depend on agreement between institutions and researcher and on length of stay. Be aware to contact responsible institutions because information may be specific for each case.

    5. Foreign student

    Published: 15/12/2014 | Modified: 15/12/2014, 8:58 pm

    • All Lithuanian full-time students are insured by mandatory health insurance.
    • EU/EEA citizens bring their European Health insurance card.
    • Third country citizens need private insurance from their countries or from Lithuania.

    6. Comments on benefits

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    Health coverage – if social insurance contributions are paid.

    Sickness leaves benefit – if the person have been insured under the sickness and maternity social insurance scheme.

    Unemployment benefit – the unemployment insurance benefit is granted to persons if unemployment insurance record is not shorter than 18 months during the last 36 months.

    Parental benefit – Yes, if the day before they take it, they have been insured under the state social sickness and maternity insurance scheme for required period (for at least 12 months in the last 24 month period).

    Disability pension – yes

    Old-age pension – For EU/EEA citizens pension will be calculated according to insurance record in country only if person has paid social insurance contributions on at least the officially established minimum wage for a full period of 12 months. Pension also for persons from the countries Lithuania has an Agreement on Social Security (USA, Canada, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus).

    Supplementary pension rights –for EU/EEA citizens + the countries Lithuania has an Agreement on Social Security (USA, Canada, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus).

    7. Eager to learn more?

    Published: 19/12/2014 | Modified: 09/01/2015, 1:54 pm

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