Distance learning and adult education serve as Lithuania's most prominent forms of nonformal education. Lithuania's distance higher education consists of programs that are conducted by way of transmitting specially prepared learning materials for the student through the postal service. The Ministry of Education also has licensed 90 institutions to offer nonformal studies. There are nearly 700 institutions listed in the Register of the Ministry of Economy for adults. Sixty-three state-owned, 288 joint-stock companies, 271 individual companies, and 46 foreign investment companies comprise these institutions. Additionally, the universities have set up special departments to help nontraditional students with training and retraining in the fields of pedagogy, psychology, and special education (EuroEducation Net 1996).
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