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Friday, 28.11.2014, 14:07
In an interview on LNT this morning, University of Latvia Rector Marcis Auzins said that new Education and Science Minister Marite Seile's biggest challenges will be ensuring political support for her priorities, as well as improving the work of weak ministry officials, informs LETA.
Keyword tags: Education and Science, Latvia, Legislation
The government of Latvia decided yesterday to allot EUR 9.9 million to consolidation of scientific centers and facilitating their excellence, informs LETA.
President Dalia Grybauskaite attended the launching ceremony of Klaipeda University maritime research vessel Mintis. According to the president, the modern ship will ensure freedom for scientific activities and will help Lithuania to consolidate its position in the field of maritime research and innovation, reports LETA/ELTA.
The government and Unity have not promised any salary rises for teachers next year, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma (Unity) told LTV television this morning, informs LETA.
The Lithuanian Culture Centre in Belgium opened its doors on Monday. It features a children's school, an adult choir and will hold children's upbringing seminars and the Lithuanian language courses for foreigners, informs LETA/ELTA.
In the 3rd quarter of 2014 the number of unemployed persons in the age group 15 to 74 years accounted for 104.9 thsd persons, according to the results of the Labour Force Survey conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB). 18.9 thsd or 18% of the total number of unemployed persons were aged 15-24.
Argentina has expressed interest in signing a bilateral agreement between the governments of Latvia and Argentina in culture, education, and sports, in order to facilitate and extend contacts in these fields, the Foreign Affairs Ministry informed LETA.
The latest list of Europe's endangered languages, compiled by Goeuro.com, indicates that Livonian is the most endangered language in Europe, cites LETA.
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.
Number of Latvian students enrolled in vocational education institutions increases by 1.6% in 2014-2015
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%.