University of Daugavpils

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University of Daugavpils
Daugavpils Universitāte
University of Daugavpils arms.png
Former names
Daugavpils Pedagogical Institute
Motto Latin: Scientia Vinces
Motto in English
Through knowledge you win
Type Public
Established 1921
Rector Arvīds Barševskis
Administrative staff
Students 4,200 (2008)
Address 13 Vienības Street, Daugavpils, Latvia
Campus Urban

The University of Daugavpils (Latvian: Daugavpils Universitāte, DU) is a public university in Daugavpils, Latvia, and the largest regional university in the country.


Main building on Vienības ielā (Union Street).

The university was founded in 1921 as a teachers’ college and received its present name on 13 October 2001. DU has become the biggest public educational institution in Eastern Latvia and is a member of the European University Association and EU²S², the European Union association of universities of small member states.


Building on Parādes ielā.

The University consists of five faculties:

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Music and Arts
  • Education and Management

These are divided into 51 study programmes that train biologists, programming engineers, physicists, intercultural relations managers, institutional managers, economists, psychologists, artists, linguists, interpreters, career consultants and other specialists. The university offers Doctoral, Bachelor and Diploma level studies.

The main foci of research at DU are Literature, Linguistics, History, Biology, Environmental Science, Physics, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Education and Art. The university has thirteen research centres, and has benefited from EU Structural Funds since 2004 (e.g. purchasing of ZEISS laser scanning microscopes).


Bust of Rainis.

In 2008 more than 4200 students were enrolled in study programs. A large Russian-speaking enrollment facilitates cooperation with universities outside of the European Union in the CIS, e.g. Scientific Readings, Slavonic Readings, and various thematic conferences.

Students can use Erasmus+ mobility options to study for one or two semesters at European partner universities. Students are able to receive funding from the Else Marie Tschermak Foundation in Denmark to study or conduct research abroad.

Student life is organised through the Students’ Council, the campus newspaper “Lai Top!” (To the top!), the Latgale Students’ Centre, the Association of Young Scientists of Daugavpils University “DUJZA”, the Art Teacher's Union, the Health Care Centre and Natural Research and Environmental Education Centre. Students can also acquire a foreign language, take part in the students’ dance ensemble “Laima” and utilize a Sport Complex. Interested students have the opportunity to work in the research institutions and centres.

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Coordinates: 55°52′08″N 26°30′56″E / 55.86889°N 26.51556°E / 55.86889; 26.51556