16th of September the representatives of OECD (the Organisation of Economic Development and Cooperation), Mr. Thomas Weko, a Chair of the review team, Kateryna Obvintseva, a policy analyst in the Policy Advice and Implementation Division of the OECD Education and Skills Directorate, accompanied by Vilija Gelažauskaitė, Head of International Cooperation and European Integration Department at the Ministry of Education and Science met with the administration and students’ president of Vilniaus kolegija. The actual professional higher education issues in Lithuania, including aims and missions, financing, staff development, internationalisation policies with many other topics were discussed during this meeting.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development is an international organisation comprised of 35 member countries, providing a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. It works with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. It measures productivity and global flows of trade and investment. It analyses and compares data to predict future trends. It sets international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.

After a decade of fruitful collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the government of Lithuania is seeking to join the OECD. As part of this process the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills is carrying out a review of education in Lithuania. The review will assess the country’s education system, compare its policies and practices to those of the highest achieving OECD member countries, and provide advice for further development of Lithuania’s education system.

This September OECD pays a second visit to Lithuania. One round of visits to education stakeholders – school leaders, teachers, students, families, municipal officials, and central government staff – took place in April 2016. A second round took place September 12-16, 2016.