Posts tagged as University of Latvia

Learn Livonian language online!

Thursday, July 8, 2021

A series of short films is being published online providing an introduction to the Livonian language, indigenous to a few remaining parts of Latvia and considered one of the most endangered languages in the world. The videos are produced by the Livonian Institute of the University of Latvia and come with English-language subtitles. They are available on the  Livonian Institute’s YouTube channel  . At the time of writing two have been published…

Youth ‘write English with Latvian words’: professor

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Latvian language skills of high-school graduates are falling dramatically, University of Latvia’s professor, politologist Jānis Ikstens, told Latvian Radio May 11. Speaking about national language policy, the LU instructor Iksten said that the problem is no longer as much the poor Latvian skills of the Russian minority, but also the knowledge of the Latvian language by Latvians, which has deteriorated significantly. “As a person who has been in contact with high school graduates…

Latvian judges feel political pressure from Justice Ministry, study shows

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

70% of surveyed judges feel they are under political pressure from the Ministry of Justice (TM), according to a recent survey on the independence of the judicial system, Latvian Radio reported May 10. The survey conducted by University of Latvia’s department of anthropology on behalf of the  Judicial Council involved 335 or 61% of all Latvia’s judges. Ivita Putniņa, lead researcher of the department, said that 70.7% of the surveyed judges…

COVID-19 technology research ongoing at University of Latvia

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

University of Latvia spoke to Latvian Radio October 6 showcasing their research projects and inventions within COVID-19 limitation program. Latvian universities and scientific institutes are actively involved in the new state research program for the mitigation of the effects of COVID-19. See  LSM’s other story about the projects at Rīga Technical University. University of Latvia (LU) are currently working on a secure room system and equipment to facilitate patient breathing. A…

Digital platform to recognize breast cancer developed in Latvia

Monday, May 18, 2020

A new digital platform for recognition of risk factors for breast cancer has been developed in Latvia, said representatives of University of Latvia, Faculties of Medicine and Computing to Latvian Radio on May 18. The platform provides three tools that require users to enter information about their lifestyle and genetics. A guide for self-examination will also soon be available. The platform was developed by Medicine and Computing faculty professors and…

Latvia: Mobile network research suggests people leave cities to weather the crisis

Friday, April 3, 2020

The government decision to declare a state of emergency has significantly changed Latvians’ daily habits, and most people observe the government guidelines, according to research carried out by the state telecoms firm LMT in tandem with the University of Latvia. The research, which uses data on network events, allows tracking people’s behavior in real time and historically. The research compared network use before and after a state of emergency was…

Anthropologist claims information gap between Latvian and Russian speakers

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Russian speakers didn’t receive news about the state of emergency in Latvia as fast as Latvian speakers did, said Aivita Putniņa, a professor of anthropology at the University of Latvia in an interview with Latvian Radio March 19. “This is an interesting time for anthropologists, as we can observe the public, we can observe the practical values and priorities we have,” she said. According to Putniņa, people who speak languages other than…

University of Latvia building project put on hold by watchdog

Friday, March 6, 2020

The Procurement Monitoring Bureau (IUB) has stepped in to prevent the signing of an agreement worth EUR 35 million for construction at the University of Latvia’s House of Letters , according to information published on the IUB website  March 4. “The Bureau has annulled the results of the competitive bidding process organized by the University of Latvia for the selection of candidates for the negotiation of the design and construction of the House of…

You don’t have to speak about death – join the “Ars Moriendi” conversation

Saturday, January 18, 2020

The “Ars Moriendi” festival, which will be held in the spring at the University of Latvia and include an international scientific conference as well as a cultural programme, will take on various unpopular topics associated with ageing and death in western society, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on January 17. The organizers want to take on the excessive culture of timeless youth and optimism, as well as ageism and…

Election of new LU rector might take place in November or December

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The election of a new University of Latvia (LU) rector might take place in November or December, said acting LU rector Gvido Straube. He said though that this will happen only if the process is not restricted by the court with some decisions. In line with the legislation, if the Cabiner of Ministers does not approve the elected rector, the university has to repeatedly organize elections in two months. Before…