Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences

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Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences
Vidzemes Augstskola
Type Public
Established 1996
Rector Gatis Krūmiņš
Academic staff
53
Administrative staff
55
Students 1,078 (2012)
Undergraduates 952
Postgraduates 123
3
Location Valmiera, Latvia
57°32′06″N 25°25′26″E / 57.53500°N 25.42389°E / 57.53500; 25.42389
Website www.va.lv/en
Vidzemes Augstskola logo.png

Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (Latvian: Vidzemes Augstskola) is the higher education establishment in Valmiera, Latvia. It was founded in 1996 and now it has around 1,000 students.[1]

History[edit]

Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences was founded in 1996 to promote economic, political and social development of the area.[2] In 2001 it changed its status from a regional governmental institution to a state educational institution. Later in 2004 it introduced two master's degree study programmes. In October 2013 it received the Green Flag award, becoming the first institution of higher education in the Baltic states to hold international Eco university status.[3] In February 2014, the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management, and Faculty of Social Sciences were merged into one faculty.[4]

Structure[edit]

Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences has an elected rector, currently Gatis Krūmiņš. The university has two faculties, two research centres, The Lifelong Learning Centre and a library.

Faculty of Engineering[edit]

Currently this faculty is the only one at the university that offers a study programme for students who wish to obtain a Ph.D. degree. In 2011 a study programme titled 'Wooden Houses and Eco-building' was introduced to train professionals working in the construction area to follow and respect ‘green’ thinking.[5] Later in September 2014 the university plans to open a modern complex of engineering studies, which will be equipped with the latest laboratory and research facilities and technologies.[6]

Faculty of Society and Science[edit]

As this faculty was created by merging faculties of three different disciplines, it provides study programmes related to tourism, business administration and social science. The university decided to put more emphasis on innovations in public administration and tourism and to attract foreign students.[7] For these reasons, the Political Science programme was transformed into Innovations and Governance.

Sociotechnical Systems Engineering Institute[edit]

The Socio-technical Systems Engineering Institute was founded in July 2006. Later the Logistics Information Systems and RFID laboratory was created for joint professional and academic research. The institute publishes international annual Proceedings of scientific articles "ICTE in Regional Development" involved in EBSCO databases.[8]

Institute of Social, Economic and Humanities Research[edit]

It was founded in September, 2013. Scholars at this institute conduct research sustainable development of economics, science communication, the social security system in Latvia, development of nature and culture protected areas, regional development and cultural space and cultural identity in a place development.

Projects[edit]

A complete list of research projects may be found on the university's website. However, some of these projects at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences include:

  • ERDF project "Innovative Business Motivation Programme", training course "Become Entrepreneur in 5 days"[9]
  • Erasmus Intensive Programme: "International Summer School for Sustainable Tourism"[10]
  • Nordplus Higher Education project "Express Mobility for Tourism Students"[11]
  • European Social Fund project "Training of Unemployed and Job Seekers in Latvia - 2"[12]
  • European Social Fund project "Lifelong Learning Activities for Employees"[13]

International cooperation[edit]

Currently Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences participates in two student exchange programmes: Erasmus and Nordplus.[14] Exchange and visiting students can also apply for a Latvian Government scholarship for a study or research period in Latvia. Since 1999 it also organizes a traditional summer programme called The Baltic International Summer School where foreign students get educated about issues concerning the Baltics.[15] Later in 2014 the university together with Klaipeda University will launch of new joint master's programme in International Tourism Events Management.[16]

Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences has cooperation agreements with more than 80 universities.[17] Some of these include:

People[edit]

The first rector of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences was Artis Pabriks, the former Minister for Defence of Latvia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Report on Latvian Higher Education 2012 (in Latvian).
  2. ^ "About ViA". Vidzemes Augstskola. 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Go Green!". Vidzemes Augstskola. 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Pārmaiņas, kas stiprina! (in Latvian)". Vidzemes Augstskola. 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Wooden Houses and Eco-building (college level)". Vidzemes Augstskola. 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Modern Research and Competence Centre for Engineering Studies". Vidzemes Augstskola. 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Faculty of Social Sciences". Vidzemes Augstskola. 2014. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ "About us". Sociotechnical Systems Engineering Institute. 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ ERDF project "Innovative Business Motivation Programme"
  10. ^ Erasmus Intensive Programme: "International Summer School for Sustainable Tourism"
  11. ^ Nordplus Higher Education project "Express Mobility for Tourism Students"
  12. ^ European Social Fund project "Training of Unemployed and Job Seekers in Latvia - 2"
  13. ^ European Social Fund project "Lifelong Learning Activities for Employees"
  14. ^ "Exchange Students". Vidzemes Augstskola. 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  15. ^ "About". Vidzemes Augstskola. 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Apply for Joint Master's in International Tourism Events Management". Vidzemes Augstskola. 2014. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  17. ^ "ViA Partner Universities". Vidzemes Augstskola. 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 57°32′06″N 25°25′26″E / 57.53500°N 25.42389°E / 57.53500; 25.42389