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BScPublic Governance and Civil Society

Kaunas University of Technology
Lithuania, Kaunas
Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
Tuition fee €2,954 per year

*KTU offers partial tuition fee waivers for the candidates with outstanding results

Application fee €100 one-time

Payable within 2 weeks from the application submission by transferring it to the KTU bank account. Non-refundable. Bank details will be provided during application.

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Public governance is a field where leaders collaborate with citizens and 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.


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 virtually.

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.

Discover Europe with Erasmus+:

  • Choose from a variety of European cities for your Erasmus+ studies. Experience diverse cultures, languages, and academic environments while gaining invaluable international experience. Seize the opportunity to broaden your horizons and make unforgettable memories with Erasmus+.

Programme structure

1st Semester:

Introduction to Writing Studies 1
Basics of Local Governance
Basics of Science Communication
Introduction to Public Governance

2nd Semester:

Introduction to Writing Studies 2
Political Theory
Public Services Administration
Sustainable Human Development

3rd Semester:

Informatics 1
Physics 1
Public Speaking
International Relations
Public Information Governance
Strategic Planning in Public Sector Organizations

4th Semester:

Cinema History
Environment and Society
History of Civilizations and Media
Civil Service
Local Economic Development
Urban and Regional Development

5th Semester:

Administrative Theory
Civil Society and Volunteering
Planning and Improvement of Public Organizations
Public Programmes and Projects
Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Social Research

6th Semester:

Ethics and Corruption Prevention in Public Sector
Public Finance Management

7th Semester:

Cooperative Education
Nonprofit Leadership Seminar
Nonprofit Organizations
Professional Administrative Writing in the Public Sector
Resource Development in the Nonprofit Sector

8th Semester:

Final Degree Project

Career opportunities

Student’s competences, gained during the studies, will allow to:

  • Understand economic, social, legal and political public administration and public sector context;
  • Understand the principles of public policy and values of public administration, and selection of innovative management measures in public sector activities;
  • Manage change and innovation in public sector organisations;
  • Commit to the public interest and public sector values;
  • Establish public management priorities, formulate objectives and tasks, implement them and assess public programmes and projects;
  • 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;
  • Identify practical problems of public management and prepare recommendations for their ethical solutions;
  • Individually select management measures used in public administration practice and apply various analytical instruments.

You may become:

  • Public Administration Professional;
  • Leader or Manager in a Public Sector Organisation;
  • Policy and Administration Specialist;
  • Public servant;
  • Public sector analyst and forecaster.
Apply now! Fall semester 2024/25
Application deadline
30 Jun 2024, 23:59:59
Eastern European Time
Studies commence
1 Sept 2024
Apply now! Fall semester 2024/25
Application deadline
30 Jun 2024, 23:59:59
Eastern European Time
Studies commence
1 Sept 2024