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Edward Lucas, one of the most prominent British columnists analysing geopolitical situation in the Eastern Europe, has been awarded Vytautas Magnus University (VDU) Honorary Doctorate. The ceremony took place on 20 November, the university said in a press release.
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Number of Latvian students enrolled in vocational education institutions increases by 1.6% in 2014-201520.11.2014
Provisional data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in the academic year 2014/2015, 11.7 thsd students were enrolled in 62 vocational education institutions and 14 colleges implementing vocational education programmes.
The Estonian Riigikogu adopted on Wednesday with 54 votes in favour, 24 against and one abstention the new Child Protection Law, which during the proceedings got a lot of criticism from child protection officials and opposition politicians, LETA/Postimees Online reports.
The book explores Swedish national policy in regional development in line with the EU regional policy ideas to strengthen economic, social and territorial cohesion by reducing disparities in the level of development among regions in the member states. It means, literary, investing in regions’ indigenous potential to promote competitiveness of regional economies and providing permanent catch-up of those lagging behind with more prosperous areas.
Research and development expenditure in Lithuania in 2013 amounted to EUR 332 million, while back in 2004 it stood at EUR 137 million. In 2013, the EU28 member-states spent almost EUR 275 billion on R&D, informs LETA/ELTA.
Members of the European Commission's post-monitoring mission have recommended Latvia to pay closer attention to several areas, including higher education and energy, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma (Unity) told a press conference after a meeting with representatives from the Commission's post-monitoring mission, cites LETA.
Statistics Lithuania informs that, according to the Labour Force Survey data, in III quarter 2014, against II quarter 2014, the unemployment rate decreased by 2.1 percentage points, against III quarter 2013 – by 1.8 percentage points. In III quarter 2014, the unemployment rate in the country stood at 9.1%.
On Friday, taking part in the opening of the KTU (Kaunas Technology University) Science and Technology Centre and Technological Business Incubator, Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius stressed that funds properly invested in science and technologies always bring great returns, informs LETA/ELTA.
Minister of Economy Evaldas Gustas met with European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas and stressed that high technology and engineering industry form research and innovation potential in Lithuania, reports LETA/ELTA.
The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) published its 5th Assessment Report (AR5), which provides a review of the current state of scientific knowledge relevant to climate change. It integrates the results of assessments on the latest research carried out over the past six years. The report will be part of negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2014 in Peru.
The board of the Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees will hold a meeting on Wednesday, November 19, in order to decide on launching an education workers' strike.
The Lithuanian Geological Survey under the Ministry of Environment (LGT) tested samples of rock with shale and found that the heavy metal levels contained in them presented no hazard to the environment, informs LETA/ELTA.
On Friday, November 7, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma together with Prime Ministers of Nordic and Baltic countries and UK, experts and entrepreneurs participated in the Northern Future Forum held in Helsinki. Within the framework of the Forum, the participants discussed the promotion of innovative entrepreneurship and competitiveness of the education system, informs BC senior expert of the communication fepartment Sabīne Spurķe.
On November 7th, on his working visit to Finland, the Head of Lithuanian Government Algirdas Butkevicius attended a forum of Prime Ministers of the Nordic countries, the Baltic States and the United Kingdom where topical issues related to innovative businesses and the creation of a competitive education system were widely discussed, reported BC government’s press service.
According to provisional data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), in the 2014/2015 academic year, 29,200 students undertook studies at 60 higher education institutions in Latvia, including 25 colleges, which is less by 6.6% when compared to the 2013/2014 academic year, informs LETA.