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Tuition Fees Waived for Engineering Degrees at Klaipeda University
The tuition fees for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields students at the Klaipeda University will now be fully subsidized by the Lithuanian government, the newspaper Klaipeda reports.
Virginijus Sinkevicius, Minister of Economy and Innovation of Lithuania, says that this subsidy is aimed at promoting the STEM fields among the youth as these specialists are vital to the labour market and the economy.
Klaipeda University currently offers 7 undergraduate engineering programmes: environmental engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering and robotics, IT engineering, maritime engineering, mechanical engineering and construction engineering. All these programmes will fall under the tuition fee waiver programme. The first engineering programme at the university was launched more than 60 years ago. Currently, engineering students have broad internship and apprenticeship opportunities at companies in Klaipeda, including dozens of market leaders from the Klaipeda FEZ.
Klaipeda university also offers 6 engineering-related Master’s Degree programmes.
Eimantas Kiudulas, the CEO of the Klaipeda FEZ, applauds the decision to promote engineering as the foremost career choice for Lithuanian youth, especially in a city such as Klaipeda, with its long-standing industrial tradition and current ambition towards automation.
‘Industrial automation, AI and robotics should be a great niche for Klaipeda’s universities and colleges. Given our strong and ever-increasing manufacturing community, our city could even become a sandbox and hub for building, managing and overseeing automation solutions for both undergraduate students and researchers,’ E. Kiudulas says.