Published on Mar 18, 2012
Dr. Roberts Kilis, Minister For Education and Science of Latvia explains the need for reforms in the seminar "A Roadmap to Educational Excellence in Latvia" held in Riga, Latvia on 3rd March, 2012.
Location: Riga, Latvia, Europe
Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program through the MAUI-Utrecht Network Exchange Consortium open to undergraduate and graduate students
Language of Instruction: English and/or Latvian
UMSL Term Abroad: Academic Year, Spring
Approximate Dates Abroad:
Academic Year: September - June
Spring: February - June
- Fall/Academic Year: February 16 (final)
- Spring: September 23 (final)
UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements.
- TAUGHT IN ENGLISH
- Business - Management
- Business - Marketing
- Political Science
- TAUGHT IN LATVIAN
- Students with a high proficiency/native fluency may enroll directly in the regular university program
The University: The University of Latvia (UL, Universitas Latviensis) was founded in 1919 from the former Riga Polytechnic less than a year after the Republic of Latvia proclaimed its independence after the end of WWI. The upheavals and occupation after WWII meant changes for the university but it survived and never closed. Today, the university has evolved into one of the leading Latvian higher education institutions with approximately 22,000 students.
The University of Latvia is the first classical university in the history of history of Latvia. The university integrates diverse fields of research and studies with creative initiative to provide the higher education of European standard, to cultivate the Latvian language and traditions of cultural cooperation. Currently there are approximately 20,000, making it one of the largest universities in the Baltic States. An urban campus, the university is situated in the old town of Riga. It has many beautiful, historic buildings located throughout the city center. The buildings are well maintained and very impressive.
Academics: More than 250 courses are taught in English. Latvian and Russian language courses are also available for credit. Each faculty has an international coordinator giving advice and support in the selection of courses. Theoretical examinations are held in a written or oral form.
Housing: The University offers housing in residence hall which include single, double, and triple rooms. Exchange students usually live in the housing unit called ‘Prima’. Residence hall include suites with three bedrooms that share one bathroom. Each floor has a shared kitchen. Private flats in the downtown area can also be arranged after arrival. It is common for students to cook in the dormitories or eat in the university cafeterias. Faculties have cafeterias available for students. Eating out at restaurants is not inexpensive. The cost for meals will vary by student depending on eating habits
Activities and Programs: There is an intensive Latvian language program that begins one month before school starts. If there are spots open students can enroll. There is no cost other than living expenses to the student. Orientation is held the Friday before the semester starts and registration begins one week before the semester starts. Orientation includes presentations from the IR Department, the Student Council and ESN. It is a great time for students to meet other international students.
Students are matched with a buddy prior to arrival. The buddy will meet the student upon arrival and help them travel to the housing unit, assist them with getting enrolled, purchasing public transportation tickets, etc. The buddy program is offered through the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) which is very active. The ESN organizes many excursions and activities. The IR Department makes a photo of the international students each semester. Examples of activities are: 'Charity, Education, and Culture' activities, cleanup the city, bike tours, tree planting, Sea Battle, football, bowling, hockey games, paintball, St. Patrick's day party, Carnival party, Red and Black party, welcome and goodbye party, trips around Latvia, St. Petersburg, etc...
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A list of universities and other institutions of higher education in Latvia (universities in a stricter meaning, which correspond with provisions for a university in Section 3 of Law on Institutions of Higher Education, are given in bold):
Published on Jun 4, 2013
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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have opened new doors for free online learning that lends itself well to ICT-related subjects. Meanwhile, employers seek candidates with relevant web skills. The Supply and Demand of MOOCs Infographic shows what skills are most in demand and what MOOCs are available that teach those skills, based on the results of a study conducted by the European Commission.
Top skills employers are looking for:
- Web and app design
- Domain-specific skills
- Programming languages
Top skills students want to learn:
- Web design
For Learners and Tutors
- Finance and Accounting
- Foundation and Vocational Education
- Higher Qualifications
- Human Resources
- Information Technology
- Management and Leadership
- Media Studies
For Universities, Organisations and Corporate Learning Centres
- Open Educational Resources
- Economics Centre
- Education, Staff Development and Teacher Training
- Entrepreneur Centre
- Financial Centre
- Foundation and Vocational Education Centre
- Higher Qualifications Centre
- Human Resource Centre
- IT Centre Centre
- Language Centre
- Management Centre
- Management and Leadership Development Centre
- Marketing Centre
- MBA Centre
- Media Centre
- Postgraduate Centre
- Research Centre
- International Student Recruitment
- Undergraduate Centre
This short description contributes to a better understanding of vocational education and training (VET) in Latvia by providing an insight into its main features and by highlighting VET policy developments and current challenges.
Recent VET initiatives and reforms focus on strengthening cooperation between stakeholders, developing sectoral qualifications, and raising efficiency and quality of vocational education. The VET provider network is being optimised to respond to demographic trends and shrinking financial resources. At the same time, several policy measures aim to make VET more attractive, for instance by increasing support for learners and labour market relevance through stronger focus on new forms of work-based learning.