Reports and Publications

Summary | Human resources status report

The report analyzes general situation and trends of human resources in Lithuania. A more detailed analysis is provided for each region. Also the integration of specialists into the labour market is examined, specifically the beginning of their career and the correspondence of higher education (HE) and vocational education and training (VET) to the labour market needs. The second part is dedicated to this year's topic – the migration of human resources. Read the report

Thematic review | Combining studies and paid job

This thematic review provides a comprehensive overview of the situation of higher education students who engage in paid work alongside their studies. Read more.

Social and Economic Conditions of Student Life in Europe 2016 - 2018. 

EUROSTUDENT focuses on the socio-economic background and on the living conditions of students, it also investigates temporary international mobility. The project strives to provide reliable and insightful cross-country comparisons. Read more

Smart Specialization Strategy (S3) progress | First report (2017)

The first monitoring report of Lithuanian Smart Specialization Strategy (thereafter S3) is dedicated for policymakers, policy implementing agencies, researchers and related institutions, business representatives and the public. This report is intended to inform on progress of S3 and the prioritized fields of research, experimental development and innovation. Read more. 

Reports of Research Assessment Exercise

Research Assessment Exercise in Lithuania took place from April 2014 until April 2015. The exercise was run by the Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA) in consultation with the Research Council of Lithuania and following the methodology prepared by Technopolis Group. Read more about the process. Main findings: glance at overall results.

Presentations: Agriculture; Biomedicine 1; Biomedicine 2; Humanities; Physical Sciences; Social Sciences; Technological Sciences 1; Technological Sciences 2

Social and Economic Return on Investment in Research and Development

This policy brief presents the results of a pilot study that sought to assess the impact and return on investment of two R&D programmes: The High-tech development programme and Intelektas LT. The pilot study was carried out throughout 2014-2015 and sought to test the methodology, tools and instruments developed for an evaluation of the Smart Specialisation programme for 2014-20201 . The first section of the policy brief outlines the context of the pilot study: challenges in measuring the return on R&D investments, scope of methodology and a planned evaluation of the Smart Specialisation programme. The second section discusses the results of the pilot study. Read more.

Proposals for Priorities of Smart Specialisation in Lithuania

This report sets out proposals for the priorities of Smart Specialisation in Lithuania. The priorities have been proposed by the representatives of research, businesses, non-governmental sector and the Government who worked in six expert teams. The discussions were based on: proposals received during broad consultation with the research and business communities; results of the survey of research, development and innovation valleys; thematic reports on future challenges, trends and technologies (6 reports for each priority area) and analysis of existing RDI strengths (6 reports for each priority area). The proposals were verified during six surveys that included research and business communities. Read more.

Summary Proposals for Priority Fields of Smart Specialisation in Lithuania

The objective of the International Group of Independent Experts (IGIE) was to formulate proposals for potential priority fields of smart specialisation in Lithuania upon assessment of the country‘s economic and research potential and the expected key future challenges and upon consultation with representatives of Lithuanian
industries and research institutions and policy decision-makers. Read more.

Current Strengths and Future Growth Potential in Lithuania's Economy

The overall objective of this paper is to provide evidence base for the discussions on current strengths and future growth potential in Lithuania’s economy. The future seems highly uncertain, hence, attempts to pick “national champions” are risky. Instead this paper seeks to group economic sectors according to their strengths and challenges that could hinder future development. Such approach could facilitate design of tailor-made public interventions aimed at meeting inherently diverse needs of sectors of economy. Read more.

Effectiveness of Higher Education – Overview and Recommendations

This Policy Brief presents main ideas about effectiveness and efficiency in higher education and summarises recent assessment on returns on HE in Lithuania putting it in a wider context of reforming the HE system. It is important to understand that HE cannot be reformed just changing one component in the system – making a shift in the mechanism involving thousands of people and having long-term benefits need careful analyses and an holistic approach. Calculating returns on HE is the first step towards further improvements in the system. However, as also indicated in recommendations, it is expected to not rush with policy changes, but rather shift the system step by step. Read more.

Long Term National Challenges Facing Lithuania's Economy and Society

This paper presents the most significant national challenges that could influence Lithuania’s long term development. The analysis was carried out on the basis of review of over 70 studies, expert reports, and national policy documents, in order to identify key national challenges before 2030 and the potential response. The national challenges that are important for Lithuania are divided into ten clusters. Each cluster’s name is a common denominator for interlinked and interactive trends and challenges. The focus is on long term trends and current problems as the latter are the most frequently addressed by the policy documents and previous studies. Trends are also identified where the data was available in the documents. Read more.

Global Trends and Drivers as Challenges for Lithuanian Research and Innovation Policy

This report is the result of a ‘rapid’ horizon scan of trends and challenges that may affect the Lithuanian economy and society in the coming decade. Horizon Scanning (HS) is a structured activity aimed at monitoring, analysing and positioning ‘frontier issues’ that are relevant for policy, research and strategic agendas. The types of issues mapped by a HS include current or new/emerging: trends, policies, products, services, stakeholders, technologies, practices, behaviours, attitudes, ‘surprises’ (wild cards) and ‘seeds of change’ (weak signals). Read more.

Research Potential in Lithuania

The objective of this study is to provide evidence base for the assessment of research potential in Lithuania. The study was carried out within the context of broader exercise of setting up research and innovation strategies for smart specializations (RIS3). According to recently published guide the analysis of the national/regional context and potential for innovation is one of the first steps in developing RIS3. Read more.

A Contribution to Priority Setting for Future Research, Studies and Innovation in Lithuania

This paper summarises the work of an expert group reporting to the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania. The paper is based on a background report, ‘Lithuanian R&D, studies and innovation status analysis 2012’, prepared by MOSTA. Based on this background analysis, the expert group was asked ‘to identify priority development directions for Lithuanian R&D, studies and innovation according to R&D and economical activity sectors’. Read more.


This AGENDA issue is dedicated to a very complicated, serious, far-sighted, dimensional topic, which inspires the variety of different discussions. It is a tandem of scientists and business people. Where is the key to success and what are the most efficient ways to encourage this partnership? A valley is one of the platforms of cooperation between science and business. Read more.


Strengthening the Internationalisation of Higher Education Results in a Constantly Growing Number of Global Citizen. If graduates or students consciously choose to study abroad, we have to be happy - they will have interesting life experience, and they will get knowledge, new skills and will most likely become good specialists. It is an important moment in time- all this is happening in the global context. Everything seems to be fine, but there is just one small, but major detail – what often happens is that not all young people, after having studied abroad, want to return home. We need to have a good strategy to get them back. Read more.