A higher education institution (hereinafter - HEI) shall be established pursuant to the Civil Code, the Law on Higher Education and Research and the law regulating an appropriate legal form of a legal person.
A state university shall be established by the Seimas upon the recommendation of the Government.
A state college shall be established by the Government upon the recommendation of the Ministry of Education and Science.
Having adopted a decision to establish a state HEI, the Government shall also take a decision on the transfer of the founder’s functions to a state institution or establishment.
A non-state higher education institution may be established by natural or legal persons, with the exception of state and municipal institutions and establishments, as well as by Lithuania-based branches of enterprises established in the Member States of the European Union or other states which signed the Agreement on the European Economic Area.