Posts tagged as Higher Education

Saeima okays higher education reform

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

On Tuesday, June 8, the Latvian Saeima approved the amendments to the Law on Higher Education Institutions in the third reading in order to implement a management reform. 52 Members voted for, two against, 26 abstained. The reform has been discussed in the Saeima for over a year. Higher education institutions are still unsatisfied with the reform. The reform provides for a number of major changes, including the breakdown of…

China’s export of higher education

By Juris Paiders on Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The West is becoming increasingly more concerned about the attempts of communist China to expand its global network of influence. Still, there are also several democratic states that are willing to closely cooperate with Beijing. Three years ago, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government forced the prestigious Budapest-based Central European University to be closed, because the founder of the university Hungarian-born American billionaire George Soros criticized Orban’s course of “unliberal…

Changes to improve higher education law in Latvia prepared

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

According to LSM, changes to improve higher education law are currently being prepared. Universities, however, believe that law is not enough without an increase in funding. The Saeima Education, Culture and Science Commission prepares amendments to the Law on Higher Education for second reading, which should raise the quality of higher education in Latvia and international competitiveness. Universities are not excited about the course of matters, because they do not…

Annual funding increase for higher education in Latvia found unconstitutional

Friday, October 30, 2020

The Constitutional Court has found unconstitutional the provision of the Law on Higher Education which provides for an annual increase in funding for higher education and science by 0.25% of gross domestic product (GDP), Latvian Radio reported October 29. Annual funding growth for higher education institution should be no less than 0.25% of GDP until total funding reaches 2% of GDP. This rule has been in the law since 2013, but…

Estonian Ministry of Education: Free studies have improved accessibility of higher education

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Estonian Ministry of Education and Research said that the higher education reform has to a great extent fulfilled its purpose as access to higher educations has improved and admittance to several specialities, the specialists of which are lacking on the labor market, has increased. Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps said that more students are studying in free student places than before the reform. “We can also see…

Estonian ministry’s analysis: Technical education ensures greater income

Monday, October 14, 2019

“Success on the Labor Market”, a fresh analysis of the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, indicates that a technical education ensures a bigger income. In higher education, graduates of information and communications technology (ICT), transport and security services and technical fields earn higher salaries. When it comes to vocational education, graduates of security service, fishery, forestry and technical fields earn higher salaries. This year was the first time ever that…

21% of Saeima deputy candidates have no higher education

Friday, August 10, 2018

20.8% of candidates participating in 13th Saeima elections do not have higher education, according to information from the Central Election Commission’s website. The number of candidates with higher education has reduced slightly for this year’s Saeima elections. 79.2% of all candidates or 1,164 of them have higher education. 20.3% or 298 people have secondary education. 0.5% or 8 candidates have only primary education. In the 12th Saeima elections, 957 candidates or 82.8%…

Controversial changes prohibiting education in Russian language approved in Latvia

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis has declared amendments to the Law on Institutions of Higher Education that prohibit private higher education institutions from offering education programmes in Russian language, as detailed in the publication in Latvian Herald. After meeting with Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis, Vējonis said any law approved by the Saeima is carefully considered before adoption. This was done this time as well, he added. «The decision was made to…