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Wednesday, 07.12.2016, 22:14
Estonia outperforms the rest of Europe in the OECD's latest PISA survey, which evaluates the quality, equity and efficiency of school systems.Latvia is ahead of Lithuania but still trails behind Estonia.
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Latvia has been helping Kabul Polytechnic University in the Afghan capital city by providing teaching aids to the university's department of railway engineering, LETA was told at the Latvian Transport Ministry.
According to Statistics Estonia, in 2015 the expenditure on research and development (R&D) in Estonia amounted to 302.8 million euros, which was 6% more than in 2014.
President Raimonds Vejonis decided today to promulgate controversial amendments to the Education Law that, among other things, will allow sacking teachers for disloyalty to the Latvian state.
The leaders of all the three parties of Estonia's new ruling coalition on Thursday denied a claim made by Center Party politician Mihhail Kolvart that the requirements for Russian language schools to teach individual subjects in Estonian could be eased.
While Russian language education in Estonia is today taking a backwards step, the new government led by the Center Party is ready to ease the rules now valid for Russian medium high schools, Tallinn Deputy Mayor Mihhail Kolvart told Russia's Interfax news agency citing LETA/BNS.
He will replace Ingrida Simonyte, who won a parliamentary seat in last month's general elections., a Lithuanian businessman engaged in high-tech development, has been elected president of the Vilnius University Council, the university said, reported LETA/BNS.
Most teachers believe that their profession is not held in high regard in Latvia, according to a survey carried out by the Trade Union of Education and Science Employees writes LETA.
Universities reach the coasts of the Baltic Sea in the 15th century – Rostock in (1419),Greifswald (1456), Uppsala in (1477) and Copenhagen (1479). The eastern coast got its first academic settlements roughly a hundred years later – in Königsberg (1544) and Tartu (1632) respectively.
Baltic branches of DNB Bank are providing 8.4 million euros to the Estonian company 1Home Group AS to build rental apartments for students in Tallinn, Tartu, Riga, Vilnius, Kaunas and Warsaw, reports LETA/BNS.
Russian Foreign Ministry drafts document for visa-free travel of Latvian and Estonian non-citizens to Russia
The Russian Foreign Ministry has drafted a presidential decree that would give rights of visa-free travel to Russia also to those Latvian and Estonian non-citizens, who had been born after February 6, 1992, when the Soviet Union citizenship ceased to exist, according to pravda.ru writes LETA.
Digital Freedom Festival to hold a policy discussion on future on collaborative or shared economy powered by European Commission. The main goal of the round-table discussion is to identify the challenges and opportunities of collaborative economy’s models, to engage into dialogue and find the cooperation potential among startups, policy makers and opinion leaders for better results in the future.
EU funding worth EUR 66.8 million will be made available to Latvian research projects with high commercial potential, LETA was told at the Education and Science Ministry
The study defines a new concept of "exploitative sham marriages" and proposes recommendations for their reduction
The results of the project "Preventing human trafficking and sham marriages: A multidisciplinary solution" (HESTIA)* were presented at the dissemination briefing organised by the Ministry of the Interior (MoI). The main goal of the project initiated in January 2015 and co-funded by the European Union (EU) "Prevention of and Fight Against Crime" programme was to seek correlations and explore the phenomenon of sham marriages in the context of human trafficking and to propose comprehensive action for their prevention.