Lithuanian

Based on latest data, the number of Indian students coming to Lithuania to study has noticeably increased: in 2011, there were 37 of them, while in 2014, the number grew to 357. In 2012, there were 57 Indians studying in Lithuania’s higher education institution and in 2013, the number of students increased to 224. The expectations this year are that the number will exceed 500. Between January and June 2015, the Study in Lithuania website reached 64,931 foreign visitors. The majority of the website’s traffic consisted of visitors from five countries: 7 695 Indian visitors, 5 789 Ukrainian visitors, 4 944 visitors from the USA, 3 996 visitors from Russia and, lastly, 3 393 visitors from Belarus. The highest number of Indian students (248) was received by Kaunas University of Technology (KTU). The second most popular destination for Indian students was Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU), with 36 registered students. According to statistical data from the Ministry of Education and Science, in 2014, Belarus surpassed India in the number of students who chose to study in Lithuania, with 1 617. The QS World University Rankings has published a list of the best European and Central Asian universities in 2015. Four Lithuanian universities can be found on this list. Vilnius University took the 32nd place, VGTU was 47th, KTU was within the 61 to 70 range and Vytautas Magnus University could be found in the 81 to 90 place range. Head of the higher education program department, Ilona Kazlauskaitė, told Times of India journalists that “…students from India are honest, sedulous and hard working. By studying in our universities, they raise [the universities’] levels of quality. Lithuania is famous around the world for its laser technologies, highest quality agricultural, medicinal, engineering, and art studies. India is one of the five countries from which we receive the highest number of foreign students.” Ms. Kazlauskaitė also noted that Indian youth comes to Lithuania “for the high quality of studies and, when compared to the United Kingdom, lower study and living cost”.