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Public Governance and Civil Society

Public governance is a field where leaders serve communities to foster the common good and facilitate positive changes in a country.

Continuous communication with the public and the community, responsible creation of public welfare, ethical decision-making, good knowledge of legal nuances. These competences are required  from the profesionals of contemporary public governence. Therefore, you need to be properly prepared for taking up this challenge.

Bachelor’s in Public Governance at KTU is uniquely designed so that you will be able to learn the best public management practices not only in Lithuania but also in the US. Since 2019, the programme offers a dual degree with the University of Central Florida (UCF) that is located in Orlando, USA.

During your studies at KTU and UCF, you will get the knowledge of theories of public administration, the competencies of public sector management practice, public service administration skills. You will have an in-depth understanding of the principles of civil society and volunteering, legal regulation, ethics and corruption prevention, and will learn how to carry out empirical social research.

After graduation, you will be able to seek a career in public sector institutions, state institutions, non-governmental organisations, as well as business organisations at the national and international level.

  • High professionalism – KTU was the first university in Lithuania to organise public governance studies;
  • Possibilities to complete internships in various institutions both in Lithuania and abroad;
  • The study process involves intensive training in quantitative and qualitative data analysis and presentation skills.

All over the world a work in  the system of public governance system is based on:

  • Seek to create public welfare, change stereotypes about officials as bureaucrats;
  • Prestige and honor to participate in government issues;
  • Pleasure to help others, to participate in a civic, voluntary environment.

* From 1 September 2022 the title of the study programme will be changed from ”Public Governance” to “Public Governance and Civil Society”.


Description of Study Programme
Location Kaunas
Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
Cycle First cycle
Field Public Administration
Language English
Form Full-time studies - 4 y. (day-time; blended learning)
Degree awarded Bachelor of Public Administration
Dvigubas laipsnis
Yearly Price  i Full-time studies - 2900 €  i
Full-time studies - 2704 €  i

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements

IELTS ≥5.5, TOEFL ≥75, CEFR ≥B2, or equivalent

High school certificate

Maximum 3 years after high school graduation is eligible.

Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.

The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Russian.

The documents must be legalised (Apostille) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country where the documents were issued. This requirement does not apply for the documents issued in the EU and Belarus, Ukraine.

IELTS ≥5.5, TOEFL ≥75, CEFR ≥B2, or equivalent

High school certificate

Minimum average grade (CGPA) > 60 % in each entry subject.


Score structure

Subject Coefficient Type
First subject



Final exam

Second subject

Geography or Foreign Language or

Mathematics or Information Technologies


Final exam

Third subject



Online interview


Tuition fee

The tuition fee applied for the academic year 2022-2023 is indicated below:

Full-time studies 2900 €
Price per credit 48,33 €
Foreign nationals with Lithuanian origins and EU citizens
Full-time studies 2704 €
Price per credit 45,07 €
Partial tuition fee waiver can be applied for the study price.


Financial support






Subjects of the study programme by semesters


Public governance – state, politics, nationals, strategic planning
Civil service – models, reforms, image, trust
Analytics – quantitative research, qualitative research, public finance, civil service
Ethics – corruption prevention, values, lobbying, citizenship
Strategic, management dimension Political, value dimension Legal dimension Analysis and reasoning




Dual Degree

Dual degree programme with the University of Central Florida

This dual degree study programme is unique in the fact that for the first time in the history of higher education, European and American academic systems are running together. The programme is the first of its kind in BA studies of public administration. The students will spend the first two years in Lithuania, studying the courses at KTU compatible with the courses at UCF. From the third year, KTU students will study together with UCF students in a joint group, sharing their study time between Lithuania and the United States.


Knowledge of Public Governance processes

Graduates are expected to become future leaders within the public sector with global awareness and competency in public administration and non-profit management. They will gain community leadership skills, as well as knowledge of building and managing public programmes and policies both in Lithuania and internationally. Students will develop competency in managing contemporary multicultural challenges and issues of human resources. After completing the programme, they will have the opportunity to become leading practitioners in managing global public governance systems.


Broad career prospects

Graduates will be able to work in management and administrative positions, in public administration institutions, non-governmental organisations, and businesses, on both national and international levels.
The study programme offers many possibilities to complete internships in various institutions both in Lithuania and abroad (EU, USA, etc.).


Strong analytical competencies

The study programme aims to educate future public sector professionals with high analytical competences that empower them to formulate and implement data-driven and evidence-based public governance decisions. The study process involves intensive training in quantitative and qualitative data analysis and presentation skills. In tackling practical public governance issues, students will use empirical data collected by different social research projects and public institutions. This data is stored at the Lithuanian Data Archive for Social Sciences and Humanities (LiDA) hosted at KTU. Lithuanian HSM archive (LiDA) provides virtual digital infrastructure where researchers can deposit, search, browse, make online analyses and download more than 300 quantitative and qualitative social sciences and humanities data sets. LiDA facilitates access to the research data for students’ study assignments and final degree projects, as well as having access to European Social Survey (ESS) and the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP), which allows inclusion into the learning process data-driven approach.


Future leaders of public governance start here

Students are highly motivated to accomplish exceptional results. The university provides a creative environment that helps students gain professional knowledge and practical skills that are highly sought after in local and international job markets. Students are encouraged to join student organisations or other social and extracurricular activities both at KTU and in UCF.



Student’s competences

  • Knowledge of economic, social, legal and political public administration and public sector context.
  • Knowledge of principles of public policy and values of public administration, and selection of innovative management measures in public sector activities.
  • Change and innovation management in public sector and public management organisations.
  • Understanding of public interest and commitement to public sector values.

Student’s skills

  • Able to establish public management priorities, formulate objectives and tasks, implement them and assess public programmes and projects.
  • Able to perform analysis of public management processes, identify and distinguish results and long-term consequences of public policy, and assess significant alternatives according to the set priorities of public policy.
  • Able to identify practical problems of public management and prepare recommendations for their ethical solutions.
  • Able to individually select management measures used in public administration practice and apply various analytical instruments.



You may become

What does a public administration professional do? What can a graduate do while holding a dual degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management?

  • Actively participate in public policy and its implementation
  • Through policymaking and implementation, regulate business and economic processes, thus contributing to strong business climates
  • Engage in public communication
  • Build bridges across government, nonprofit, an business sectors to strengthen communities
  • Contribute to the development of a positive local image for the community
  • Above all, work to make the world a better place to live
  • Review of the applied policy and legislation, preparing organisation strategies and their implementation.
  • Commitment to the public sector values and implementing public sector principles in ethical decision making processes.
  • Assessment of impact, financial consequences, synergies with other programmes, and political and administrative viability policy.
  • Organisation human resource management.
  • Assessment of impact, financial consequences, synergies with other programmes, and political and administrative viability policy at national and international level.
  • Review of operations and programmes, performance of threat and risk assessment.
  • A public servant is a person who is appointed or elected to a public office, motivated to defend public interest and implement public policies. The  public servant‘s duties include providing service to the public in the form of protection, administration or maintenance.
  • Forecasts on trends and risks in public sector
  • Analysis of public sector processes and their compliance with public sector values.
  • Review of the applied policy and legislation aiming to identify discrepancies and absolute provisions.
  • Management and delivery of threat and risk assessment in reference with public interest.




Lecturers. Experts in their field

Thomas A. Bryer

Thomas A. Bryer

Professor at University of Central Florida
Eglė Gaulė

Eglė Gaulė

Public Finance Management
Eglė Butkevičienė

Eglė Butkevičienė

Public Programmes and Projects
Eglė Vaidelytė

Eglė Vaidelytė

Ethics and Corruption Prevention in Public Sector
Audronė Telešienė

Audronė Telešienė

Environment and Society




Justina Jasinskaitė

Justina Jasinskaitė

Activity Manager and Assistant General Director of Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania


This study programme is perfect for those who want to gain not only theoretical, but also practical knowledge about the public administration system in Lithuania and its’ international practices. It is also important to mention professional lecturers, who use their knowledge and apply it to realities of today in interesting ways. I am thankful to KTU for being able to study Public Governance. I made great use of the knowledge and practice I had gained, it is still helpful to me in my studies, as well as my work and everyday life.

Povilas Mačiulis

Povilas Mačiulis

Political figure


We have been partners with the representatives of the KTU Public Governance study programme for quite a while now, every year I am invited to be the chairman of the Quality Committee. We also invite students to do their internships in our organisation, allow them to contribute to the decision-making process regarding issues relevant to the city of Kaunas. The graduates of this study programme gain various competences necessary in civil service, such as critical thinking, ability to communicate with nationals, ability to apply various tools of public governance, and others.





Smart, motivated students who meet the admission criteria of the University of Central Florida can go to study there. The vast majority of them have the option of not paying US tuition fees and receiving a scholarship to cover living expenses.

Students go to the University of Central Florida at the beginning of their fourth year (semester 7) and spend one semester there. However, from the 5th semester onwards, they study together with students of the University of Central Florida (online courses in the 5th semester, UCF students come to Kaunas for the 6th semester).

No, there are no extra fees. If you are enrolled in a state-funded place, you do not pay any tuition fees, and if you are enrolled in a non-state-funded place, you pay the same tuition fees for a semester of study in America as you do at Kaunas University of Technology. The only cost is the cost of living, which the Kojelis Family Foundation provides scholarships to cover.