Where: Vyriausybės strateginės analizės centras, Goštauto g. 9

When: 27 September 2019

Purpose: the workshop aims to bring together policy makers to discuss, how to improve HEIs contribution to the implementation of Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) in Lithuania. The participatory discussion will serve to explore policymakers' vision around three challenges in HEIs role in S3, and identify potential actions that could be taken, particularly in view of the preparation for Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027.

The workshop will particularly focus on three groups of challenges:

  • What should be the role of HEIs in facilitating structural transformation of the economy? Since its launch S3 has been predominantly conceived as a research and innovation strategy. As a result the role of HEIs in implementation of S3 has been largely limited to research and knowledge transfer activities. However, research and innovation constitute only two elements of the knowledge triangle – the potential of education remains largely under-explored in the context of implementation of S3. Hence, what are the benefits of ensuring closer integration between the education offer of HEIs and implementation of S3?
  • To what extent and how HEIs should be supported in rebalancing the activities aimed at education and research. Although significant variations exist, most Universities focus on provision of studies, while the resources for research remain scarce. Structure of public funding of HEIs provides a good explanation of the imbalances: HEIs receive most of the income for studies rather than for carrying out research. Hence, what are the benefits of and preconditions for balancing out the efforts aimed at education and research?
  • How to attract and retain top research talent? For years Lithuanian HEIs experienced brain drain. A decade ago it was expected that construction of state-of-art research infrastructures could reverse this trend. So far this has not happened. Hence, how the joint efforts of the Government, HEIs and businesses community could turn brain drain into brain gain?

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

08:30 – 9:00
Welcome coffee
9:00 – 09:10
Introduction: the purpose of the Higher Education and Smart Specialisation (HESS) project

Eskarne Arregui, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

09:10 – 09:30
The future of Smart Specialisation in Lithuania

Ramojus Reimeris, STRATA

09:30 – 10:30
Presentation and discussion. Challenges in developing skills for Smart Specialisation

Žilvinas Martinaitis, expert

10:30 – 10:45
Coffee break
10:45 – 12:00
Presentation and discussion:

- Balancing research and teaching at Lithuanian HEIs

- Attracting top talent to HEIs

Žilvinas Martinaitis, expert

12:00 – 12:30
Closing remarks and further steps