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Latvia: Coalition agrees to reform management of higher education institutions

BC, Riga, 11.05.2020.Print version
Latvia's coalition partners have agreed to push ahead with the planned reform of the management of higher education institutions, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) told journalists following the weekly coalition meeting, writes LETA/BNS.

The prime minister indicated that the coalition partners have agreed to decide on draft amendments to the Law on Higher Education Institutions at this Tuesday's government meeting in order to advance the reform. 

"Thus, we will take higher education at least one step higher in terms of quality. We need to improve the quality of higher education, and it will have a good effect on the economy," the prime minister said. 

Justice Minister Janis Bordans (New Conservative Party) said that science and education are the cornerstones of the economy and that they should be taken to the "next level". 

"The bill has been worked out, based on and taking into consideration a reviewed conceptual report. We have been thinking how to deal with the shortcomings such as a failure to use the potential of the higher education institutions. Also, procedures for top officials' nomination and appointment make the higher education institutions a closed system. The higher education institutions' internal regulatory acts are not being updated, provisions are not being complied with, and this poses risks. To reduce the regulatory burden, it is necessary to strengthen the internal administrative institution - the management of the higher education institutions," the minister said.

Raivis Dzintars, leader of the National Alliance, indicated that the ministers representing the National Alliance will support the reform's adoption, although with some reservations regarding language proficiency requirement for rectors and council members.

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