Lithuania: The Incredible Shrinking University Degree
Rahvusvahelised uudised 31 Jul 2014  EWR
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The allure of a university diploma gives way to the security of vocational training in the post-2008 economy.

Linas Jegelevicius, Transitions Online 29 July 2014
KLAIPEDA, Lithuania | Alfredas Pumpulis dabbled in writing before applying to the journalism school at prestigious Vilnius University after graduating from high school last year.

But his path to a journalism career took an unexpected turn. When Pumpulis did poorly on his exams, his parents urged him to stick with his plans to attend the university by switching to a different field. Instead, he said, “I picked up my documents and sent them to Klaipeda College of Applied Social Sciences.”

A year later, now studying intercultural and social communication, Pumpulis, 20, says, “I’m happy being in my shoes.”

His parents are also pleased that their son is at school just a half hour’s drive from home in the coastal town of Palanga and is doing well.

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