Education and Science

International Internet Magazine. Baltic States news & analytics Tuesday, 22.08.2017, 10:10

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University of Tartu climbs 100 places on Academic Ranking

University of Tartu climbs 100 places on Academic Ranking


The University of Tartu, which found itself on the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), or the Shanghai Ranking, for the first time in 2016, climbed to 301-400 this year, reports LETA/BNS.

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Over 18,700 first graders to start school in Latvia in 2017

Over 18,700 first graders to start school in Latvia in 2017


As many as 18,744 first graders will start school in Latvia in 2017, informs LETA, according to the Education and Science Ministry’s data.

Estonian PM hails Turkey for providing decent living environment to refugees

Estonian PM hails Turkey for providing decent living environment to refugees


Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas on August 15th looked at the work of the representation of the UN International Organization for Migration (UN/IOM) in the town of Gaziantep in Turkey near the Syrian border and the living conditions of refugees in the Nizip container city, and praised the activity of Turkey in providing refugees with a decent living environment, reports LETA/BNS.

In Q2, Latvian unemployment rate fell to 8.9%

In Q2, Latvian unemployment rate fell to 8.9%


Results of the Labour Force Survey conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in the 2nd quarter of 2017 the Latvian unemployment rate constituted 8.9%. Compared to the previous quarter, the unemployment rate decreased by 0.5 percentage points, whereas, compared to the same period of the year before – by 0.6 percentage points.

1,083 schools, pre-schools in Latvia participated in Milk program in 2016-2017

1,083 schools, pre-schools in Latvia participated in Milk program in 2016-2017


1,083 schools and pre-schools in Latvia with 235,447 children in 2016-2017 school year participated in the School Milk program co-fianced by the EU, which is 83% of the target audience, the Latvian Agricultural Ministry reported LETA.


More than 14,000 jobless Latvians receive support under the Youth Guarantee program

The EU Youth Guarantee project implemented by the Latvian State Employment Agency so far has provided support to 14,616 young people, said the agency’s director Evita Simsone in a press conference on August 11th, cites LETA.


Government endorses regulation requiring elementary, high-school students to take exams in Latvian

The government of Latvia on August 8th endorsed two regulations proposed by the Education and Science Ministry under which all elementary school and high school students in Latvia will have to take graduation exams in Latvian, reports LETA.


Estonian man gets new heart in Finland

Heart surgeons of the North Estonia Medical Center (PERH) and the Helsinki University Central Hospital (HYKS), Gunter Taal and Karl Lemstrom, performed a heart transplant surgery on a 54-year-old Estonian man, informs LETA/BNS.


Another attempt to sell former building of National Library of Latvia fails

An auction at which Valsts Nekustamie Ipasumi (VNI), the company managing public properties in Latvia, was selling the former building of the National Library of Latvia failed on August 3rd, as no bidder applied to buy the property at 14 Barona Street in Riga, VNI representative Jolanta Gramatniece told LETA.


BBC to make film about Jewish traces in Vilnius

Scientists from the United States are continuing archaeological tests in Lithuania in search of traces of Jewish culture and history – a Canadian filming crew arrived in Vilnius with the scientists to film a documentary for Britain's national broadcaster BBC. The feature is expected to premiere in the fall of 2018, informs LETA/BNS.


Ehitustrust to continue reconstruction of Tartu University library

Altogether four offers were submitted for the procurement to find a contractor for the continued reconstruction work of the library of the University of Tartu, of which the 5.8 million euro joint offer of Ehitustrust AS and OU Tallinna Ehitustrust was chosen for the project, writes LETA/BNS.


IMF calls upon Lithuania for full education restructuring

Experts of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have recommended that Lithuania should continue with its structural reforms to achieve process, with a focus on fundamental restructuring of the education sector, informs LETA/BNS.


There are enough pupils for 130 secondary schools in Latvia

The number of pupils in Latvia is sufficient for only 130 secondary schools, said researcher Janis Turlajs, presenting a study on the optimum school network in Latvia, reports LETA.


Number of university applicants in Lithuania decreases by 1,700 in 2017

Just over 28,000 candidates in 2017 filed applications to study at Lithuanian universities and universities of applied sciences, down from more than 29,700 applicants last year, reports LETA/BNS.


Around 20 apartments have to be checked out to find housing for an asylum seeker in Latvia

Social workers have to personally arrive at and check out around 20 apartments to find appropriate housing for an asylum seeker, Sandra Zalcmane, the head of Shelter Safe House nongovernmental organization, said in an interview with LNT commercial TV channel this morning, informs LETA.

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