Šiauliai State University of Applied Sciences is the only state higher educational institution in Šiauliai county that provides higher education.
The institution started its operation in 2002, by the order of the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania to merge Šiauliai Higher School of Medicine and Šiauliai Higher Technical School.
These higher schools in Šiauliai had their history. During 1946-1991 there was a Nursing School in the town which in 1991 became a High School of Medicine. From 1961 to 1991, there was Polytechnic School in Šiauliai, which in 1991 became Higher Technical School.
In 2002 Šiauliai Higher Technical School became the Faculty of Business and Technology of Šiauliai College and Šiauliai Higher School of Medicine – Faculty of Health Care of Šiauliai College. From 2002 to 2003, Šiauliai College offered ten higher education non-university study programs. Throughout the entire life of the College, the number of study programmes has almost tripled, corresponding to labour market needs.
Šiauliai State College has proved that during more than ten years of its activity, it has been acknowledged to be a Higher School with qualified studies. The studies are practice-orientated; College created a modern and democratic environment for students and staff. The institution offers more than 20 study programmes. The programmes include biomedical, social and technological fields. The needs of the labour market indicated such a spectrum of study programmes.
In 2021 Šiauliai State College changed its name to Šiauliai State University of Applied Sciences.