technology and
innovation Policy
capital policy



Higher education and Smart Specialisation in Lithuania

European Commission


Vyriausybės strateginės analizės centras, A. Goštauto g. 9, 2nd Floor, Vilnius
19th February 2020


The workshop is organised as part of the project Higher Education and Smart Specialisation (HESS): Lithuania case study carried out by the Joint Research Centre of European Commission in collaboration with STRATA.

The final event will bring together policy makers, higher education institutions and international experts to discuss on how HEIs are contributing to the implementation of Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) in Lithuania.

The findings of the HESS Lithuania case study will be presented during the event, with a special focus on the three following topics:

  1. How are HEIs contributing to S3 from skills and human capital mission? Which are the lacking skills/competencies for S3 demanded by companies?
  2. How can researchers become more engaged in S3? Which are their main challenges to participate and which initiatives could be promoted to make them more active?
  3. Which issues are hindering the retention and attraction of highly skilled talent? Which are the opportunities and strengths of the innovation system to be promoted?

The event will give the opportunity to reflect on the current challenges addressed by HEIs to engage in Smart Specialisation Strategy, exploring potential ways forward and actions that could be taken to address them. Experiences from other European regions and member states will be presented, providing an interesting context to discuss on learning and replication possibilities for Lithuania research and innovation context.

The discussions are intended to help integrate important elements on Higher Education engagement in S3 for the next Smart Specialisation Strategy of Lithuania within the Multi-annual Financial Framework 2021-2027.

09:30 – 10:00
Registration and welcome coffee
10:00 – 10:30
Welcome remarks
  • Peter Baur, European Commission, DG Education Youth, Sport and Culture (TBC)
  • Albertas Žalys, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (TBC)
  • Giedrius Viliūnas, Government Strategic Analysis Center (STRATA) (TBC)
10:30 – 11:30
Overall HESS Lithuania case study findings
  • Zilvinas Martinaitis, EU Expert
  • Eskarne Arregui, European Commission Joint Research Centre
11:30 – 12:00
Coffee break
12:00 – 13:00
Roundtable discussion on main HESS Lithuania case study findings, challenges and ways forward
  • Ramojus Reimeris, Government Strategic Analysis Center (STRATA)
  • Ministry of Education, Science and Sport
  • Ministry of Economy and Innovation
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Conference of HE Rectors/Higher Education Institutions
  • Colleges

A targeted discussion will be held around specific findings within the three case study research questions:

  • Skills and human capital mission in S3
  • Researchers engagement in S3 and retention and attraction of highly skilled talent to Lithuania
  • Strengthening HEIs-business collaborations

Moderated by Zilvinas Martinaitis, EU Expert

13:00 – 14:00
Lunch Break
14:00 – 16:00
European learning experiences
  • Basque Country experience attracting high level researchers
    Iñigo Atxutegi, Director of Ikerbasque
  • S3 challenges for HEIs and initiatives for assessing education programmes
    Sveinung Eikeland, Rector Arctic University of Norway (UiT)
  • Contributing to S3 improving R&I infrastructure performance: INNOHeis project
    Tomaš Šimulevič, Chief officer of the Division of Science Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Estonia experience in HEIs involvement in S3
    Kristi Raudmäe , Chief Expert of the Higher Education Department Estonian Ministry of Education and Research
  • HEInnovate tool to explore innovation potential of HEI
    Peter Baur, European Commission DG Education and Culture (TBC)

Discussion with speakers and participants on learning for Lithuania R&I ecosystem
Moderated by Lina Stanionyte, European Commission Joint Research Centre

16:00 – 16:30
Future Lithuania S3 progress and closure
  • Ramojus Reimeris, Government Strategic Analysis Center (STRATA)
  • John Edwards and Eskarne Arregui, European Commission Joint Research Centre