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UNIVERSITY OF LATVIA Universitas Latviensis – the University of Latvia – established on September 28, 1919 was one of the symbols of the Republic of Latvia – the independent state founded only several months earlier – on November 18, 1918. University of Latvia coat of arms bears inscription – “Scientiae et patriae” – to science and fatherland. The motto emphasizes that the University of Latvia has always been a research university and perceives research as an integral part of the education process at the University. Of course, not everybody who graduates the University of Latvia necessarily becomes a professor at a higher education institution or a scientist at a research institute. However, participation in a real research project, whether fundamental or applied, is the most efficient way to provide training for students. Besides, the common wisdom of the Western world proves that university research is the most efficient way to generate new knowledge, which is a driving force behind the knowledge-based economy. This approach has proved to be very fruitful, and the graduates of the University of Latvia have always played a crucial role in the country. Many intellectuals, scientists, leaders of industry and financial institutions, as well as the heads of the parliament, prime ministers and members of the cabinet of ministers have graduated the University of Latvia. The University of Latvia is a guarantee for the development of Latvia. The University integrates diverse fields of research and studies with creative initiative to provide higher education of a European standard, to cultivate the Latvian language and traditions of cultural cooperation. With 13 faculties, 15 000 students, more than 20 research institutes and independent study centres, the University of Latvia is the only classical type of university in Latvia. It is led by distinguished academic staff, and provides education in social sciences, humanities, natural sciences and medicine at all levels – starting from bachelor studies up to the doctoral level, including vocational and professional training in many fields. A clear vision and strategy to achieve excellence have guided the development of the University of Latvia throughout the past decades. The University is a vibrant place to study, to do research and to work. Welcome to the University of Latvia!

Prof. Mārcis Auziņš Rector of the University of Latvia Full Member of the Latvian Academy of Science

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UNIVERSITY OF LATVIA History and Symbols The University of Latvia (UL), named at that time The Higher School of Latvia, was founded on September 28, 1919, on the basis of the former Riga Polytechnic (established in 1862). In 1923 the school received its present name – the University of Latvia (Universitas Latviensis). In the period between 1919 and 1940, the University of Latvia was most significant centre of higher education, science and culture in Latvia. The former building of the Riga Polytechnic in 19 Raina Boulevard is the symbol of the University until today. In the pre-war Latvia it was possible to obtain academic higher education not only at the University of Latvia but also at the Conservatoire of Latvia and the Academy of Arts. The University of Latvia is the first of classical universities in the history of Latvia and follows the motto “Scientiae et Patriae”. In the course of time, such higher education establishments as the Latvian University of Agriculture, the Latvian Academy of Medicine, and the Riga Technical University separated from the University of Latvia and became well-known centres of education and research. After restoration of Latvia’s independence, the Supreme Council of the Republic of Latvia confirmed the Constitution of the University of Latvia on September 18, 1991. The Constitution states that the University of Latvia is “a state establishment of academic education, science and culture which serves the needs of Latvia and its people”. Alongside the constitution, the flag, the anthem, the University’s emblem, the Rector’s chain of office and the official garments of Rector, Vice-Rector and deans were reinstated as the attributes of the University of Latvia.

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UNIVERSITY OF LATVIA Mission Statement The University of Latvia is a guarantee for the development of Latvia. The University integrates diverse fields of research and studies with creative initiative to provide higher education of European standard, to cultivate the Latvian language and traditions of cultural cooperation.

University of Latvia in Figures (2014) The year of foundation

1919

Number of faculties

13

Research institutes

19

Independent study centres

12

Number of students

15 000

International Cooperation The University of Latvia has always been actively involved in development of international collaboration. The overall current objective is to focus on the content and quality of international cooperation, to make internationalization an integral element in education and research, and to promote its international recognition and to strengthen its reputation.

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UNIVERSITY OF LATVIA The internationalization processes are implemented in the following directions: ◆ bilateral cooperation agreements (with 127 universities in 42 countries); ◆ membership in international university organizations and networks; ◆ participation in international educational and research programmes and projects; ◆ exchange of students and teachers; ◆ international cooperation at faculty, institute, departmental and individual levels. By participation in international university organizations IAU (International Association of Universities) and EUA (The European University Association) as well as active membership in networks, for example, UNICA (Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe), BSRUN (Baltic Sea Region University Network), CAMPUS EUROPAE and UTRECHT Network, the University of Latvia strives to intensify different types of exchanges and to provide the opportunities for further internationalization of studies and research. Active cooperation with partners, the concluded bilateral agreements and European programmes endorse the University of Latvia as a good partner for joint activities within the ERASMUS programme. The number of agreements with European partner universities has grown tremendously within the last 5 years, anticipating an even more intensive exchange of students and teachers. At present the University of Latvia has signed more than 600 agreements with 363 institutions in 31 European countries. In cooperation with partner universities, the University of Latvia has developed and successfully implemented intensive programmes in history, education and economics. Successful participation in five Erasmus Mundus Action 2 projects has remarkably increased the number of international exchange and degree students from Western Balkan countries, Russia, Central and Southeast Asia. The University of Latvia is a partner in Erasmus Mundus Action 1 project MISOCO Joint master’s degree programme International Migration and Social Cohesion.

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UNIVERSITY OF LATVIA The University of Latvia is an attractive place to study both for full time students and exchange students from abroad. The number of available programmes and courses in English increases every year. Faculties actively involve the visiting professors in the study process. Research cooperation implemented by the University of Latvia is extensive and productive. Participation in the RTD Framework Programmes, EU, UNESCO, NATO, Nordic, Volkswagen Fund projects has ensured unity of studies and research. The University of Latvia supports innovations for technology transfer and has developed the Innovation Centre and Biotechnology Science Park. The UL is involved in the establishment and operation of a centre for the development of innovative projects and technology transfer BIRTI (Baltic Innovative Research and Technology Infrastructure). It combines and coordinates the cooperation of the Baltic universities, research institutes and innovative enterprises. More than a half of the entire research capacity of Latvia is concentrated in the University of Latvia. Half of all Latvia’s PhD students study at the University of Latvia. International Relations Department

International student advisor for exchange students Raina Blvd 19, Riga, LV-1586, Latvia Phone: +371 67034334 Fax: +371 67243091 E-mail: ad@lu.lv Home page: www.university.lv/ird

Student Services

International student advisor for full time degree students Raina Blvd 19, Riga, LV-1586, Latvia Phone: +371 67034408 Fax: +371 67034399 E-mail: studies@lu.lv Home page: www.university.lv/studentservices

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UNIVERSITY OF LATVIA Degree Programmes at the University of Latvia The University of Latvia offers European level higher education and skills necessary for labour market, scientific research and self-development through more than 130 study programmes. Higher education system of Latvia has adopted the Bologna process and correspondingly follows the so-called 3-cycle system, where the 1st cycle includes an academic or a professional bachelor’s degree, the 2nd cycle includes an academic or a professional master’s degree and finally the 3rd cycle includes the doctoral degree. University of Latvia offers 11 undergraduate study programmes in the fields of anthropology, chemistry, computer science, economics, medicine, optometry, and philology taught in English, and a bachelor’s degree or professional qualification is awarded after a successful completion of the programme. International students who have obtained the bachelor’s degree may continue their studies in one of the 12 graduate programmes in anthropology, Baltic Sea region studies, educational sciences and pedagogy, European studies, business administration, philology, and sociology, obtaining a master’s degree or professional qualification after a successful completion of the programme. More information: www.university.lv/degreestudies 24 postgraduate doctorate study programmes at the University of Latvia aim at promoting scientific research of students that have reached a master’s degree or a corresponding academic level. Biology, chemistry, computer science, communication science, demography, economics, educational management, environmental science, geography, geology, history, legal science, linguistics, management science, mathematics, medicine and pharmacy, pedagogy, political science, philology, philosophy, physics, astronomy and mechanics, psychology, sociology, theology and science of religions are the spheres of science represented by the study programmes. The goal of the doctorate programmes is to enhance student’s personal, professional and career development, as well as to provide a broad set of skills in individual research and academic work. Postgraduate students from both Latvia and abroad apply for doctorate studies and become enrolled. The candidates should have bachelor’s and master’s degree diploma or other equivalent higher education comprising at least 5 years of studies at an accredited higher education institution. Full time doctorate studies comprising 3 years of full time studies and 4 years of part time studies are available. Additionally, 18 doctoral schools have been established with the objective to provide further training to the young researchers in various scientific fields, for example, European integration and Baltic Sea region studies, human capacity and lifelong learning in inclusion context of diversity, international competitiveness of national economy, sustainable use of earth resources, research, modeling and mathematical methodology improvement. More information: www.university.lv/doctoralstudies

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UNIVERSITY OF LATVIA Course Attendee International students who would like to select courses from the UL study offer are welcome to register as a Course Attendee at University of Latvia. The University of Latvia offers courses in all scientific directions and areas. The courses are of a varying complexity, from language courses intended for beginners to higher mathematics, microbiology and courses taught in foreign languages. The courses are delivered by experts highly respected and knowledgeable in their respective fields. These courses are open to anyone with the compliant level of education. Secondary education is required to attend the undergraduate courses and the higher education is necessary for master’s level courses. Attendee’s status gives the opportunity to participate in the study process, take examinations, use the library and e-resources. Attendees can acquire and expand knowledge in their own specialities as well as new directions without becoming enrolled in the respective bachelor’s, master’s or professional study programme. It is a good opportunity to obtain an insight into a possible future profession, to learn gradually, take examinations and collect credit points that are recognised in future studies at the University of Latvia or other universities. The certificate for completing these courses can be issued both in Latvian and English.

Continuing Education Faculties and study centres at the University of Latvia offer continuing education, vocational education or professional development programmes to enhance people’s knowledge and skills. The University offers continuing education programmes in business, Montessori pedagogy for specialists in paediatrics, pedagogic professional development programmes for school and university personnel, programmes for sworn advocates, as well as for those working with radiation-generating equipment, and medical personnel. The language courses, including Latvian are provided either by the UL Language Centre or ​​ the UL Faculty of Humanities. For those who wish to learn Chinese, the Confucius Institute offers the language courses taught by teachers from China, while the Centre for Indian Studies and Culture introduces the Hindi courses.

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FACULTIES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LATVIA Faculty of Biology Kronvalda Blvd 4, Riga, LV-1010, Latvia Phone: +371 67034861 E-mail: bf@lu.lv Home page: www.university.lv/faculties/fb Biology is a sphere of science represented in the University of Latvia since its foundation in 1919. Study programmes of the Faculty of Biology cover all directions of modern biology with an emphasis on biodiversity and ecology of Latvian terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, biotechnology, molecular biology and biomedicine. Scientific and pedagogical activities are implemented in cooperation with laboratories and research institutes both in Latvia and abroad. Graduates of the Faculty are prepared to apply their expertise in the following fields: ◆ educational institutions; ◆ research institutes; ◆ environmental control and supervision offices; ◆ enterprises dealing with manufacturing of food and pharmaceuticals; ◆ waste water treatment and waste recovery agencies and other state institutions or private companies. The Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia closely cooperates with the Faculty of Biology. The Faculty hosts a traditional annual event – The Night of Biologists. The event takes place in autumn either in Riga or in the countryside.

Faculty of Chemistry Kr. Valdemara Str. 48, Riga, LV-1013, Latvia Phone: +371 67377436 E-mail: kf@lu.lv Home page: www.university.lv/faculties/fch The Faculty of Chemistry is a centre of academic and professional education in chemistry. Study programmes are based on inorganic, organic, physical and analytical chemistry. In the spring of 2012, ECTNA (European Chemistry Thematic Network Association) acknowledged the conformity of the bachelor’s degree of Natural sciences in Chemistry to Eurobachelor level, awarding the Eurobachelor label to the bachelor’s degree study programme Chemistry. Moreover, the students of bachelor, master and doctorate study programmes have extensive opportunities to participate in the research projects of the

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FACULTIES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LATVIA Faculty and Latvian Science institutes, as well as to cooperate with foreign universities and research groups. According to the number of students, the Faculty of Chemistry is one of the smallest faculties of the University of Latvia. However, it provides a wide range of entertainment and sports activities and has developed many traditions. At the end of May, The Chemists’ Days are organized. This one-week event includes the competition of students’ research projects, meetings with employers, traditional and untraditional sports activities and outdoor picnics.

Faculty of Computing Raina Blvd 19, Riga, LV-1586, Latvia Phone: +371 67034488 E-mail: df@lu.lv Home page: www.university.lv/faculties/fc The Faculty of Computing was founded in 2009. However, its traditions started with the establishment of the Computing Department in the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics back in 1992, in fact, even earlier – with the construction of the first computer in Latvia in 1960. The UL Faculty of Computing in cooperation with the UL Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science provides higher academic and professional education, as well as conducts research in the fields of computer science and information technologies. Five education fields of computing (specializations) are offered by the Faculty: ◆ Computer science, including mathematical basics of computer science, system modelling and problems of artificial intelligence; ◆ Information technologies, including the design and operation of computer networks and clusters as well as sound and image processing; ◆ Software engineering, focusing on programming and software development, including embedded systems; ◆ Computer engineering, including the design and production of electronic equipment; ◆ Preparation of IT teachers. In the spring of 2012 the bachelor’s and master’s degree study programmes Computer Science at the Faculty of Computing received Euro-Inf Quality Label for 5 years. The Programmer Days held since 1986 have become an anticipated event for the Faculty students, employees and everyone interested in computing. The event allows to break away from the routine at least once a year and to look at the profession in the context of historical events and other scientific disciplines. During The Programmer Days the leading computer science specialists give popular lectures and most outstanding students receive awards of the world’s first programmer Ada Lovelace and the author of the first universal computing machine Charles Babbage.

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FACULTIES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LATVIA Faculty of Economics and Management Aspazijas Blvd 5, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia Phone: +371 67034777 E-mail: evfinfo@lu.lv Home page: www.university.lv/faculties/fem The Faculty of Economics and Management is the largest faculty of the University of Latvia. Currently the Faculty offers studies and scientific research in the field of economics, management and public administration which correspond to the contemporary needs at the national, EU and worldwide level. The studies are particularly focussed on the field practice. The Faculty of Economics and Management hosts its own Business Incubator for the students of University of Latvia where the students can connect their studies with the practical experince and start their own business. Each year the Faculty of Economics and Management organizes several international conferences and seminars in cooperation with universities of France, Germany, Canada, the USA, and others. The Faculty offers many options of recreation after the lectures, for instance, shared activities with exchange students, participation in the work of the student organization ESN Riga, sports and cultural activities.

Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art Jurmalas Ave. 74/76, Riga, LV-1083, Latvia Phone: +371 67034000 E-mail: ppmf@lu.lv Home page: www.university.lv/faculties/fepa The Faculty of Education and Psychology has been founded in 1982, and since 2010 renamed the Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art. Its most characteristic features are continuous development and improvement in all its aspects: new programmes, flexibility, international cooperation, extensive research activities, as well as preservation of the environment around the Faculty. The Faculty cooperates with colleagues in Latvia and abroad and takes part in national and international projects. The Faculty offers teacher education programmes in pedagogy and psychology, education sciences, education management and art.

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FACULTIES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LATVIA Institute of Educational Research

Jurmalas Ave. 74/76, Riga, LV-1083, Latvia Phone: +371 67034028 E-mail: ipi@lu.lv Home page: www.ipi.lu.lv The Institute is the structural unit of the Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art, and its main research fields are management of education, international comparative educational studies, educational evaluation and measurements. Scientific Institute of Pedagogy

Jurmalas Ave. 74/76, Riga, LV-1083, Latvia Phone: +371 67034042 E-mail: pzi@lu.lv Home page: www.pzi.lu.lv The Institute is an integral part of the Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art. Its work is dedicated to the following research fields: ◆ History of Pedagogy; ◆ Lifelong learning (LLL); ◆ Educational treatment to diversity.

Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences Alberta Str. 10, Riga, LV-1010, Latvia Phone: +371 67332704 E-mail: zeme@lu.lv Home page: www.university.lv/faculties/fges The Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences provides studies and research in environmental sciences, geography and geology. Academic studies are offered in all levels – from bachelor’s programme to doctorate studies. The professional higher education master’s study programme of spatial development planning is also provided. In all study programs students obtain knowledge in lectures and seminars, but besides that many practical, laboratory works and several field courses both in Latvia and abroad are offered. The Faculty has study and research cooperation agreements, including Erasmus agreements, with more than 30 foreign universities. The Faculty is proud of its active Student Council, which organizes social life, parties, supports old traditions and develop new ones. Students of the Faculty are known as a Family of Geographers because of their close ties and camaraderie.

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FACULTIES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LATVIA Faculty of History and Philosophy Aspazijas Blvd 5 (entrance from yard, 2nd floor), Riga, LV-1050, Latvia Phone: +371 67033825 E-mail: vff@lu.lv Home page: www.university.lv/faculties/fhp The Faculty of History and Philosophy offers academic bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate Photo: Inna Rozentāle study programmes in philosophy and history, implemented by six departments: Department of Practical Philosophy; Department of the History of Philosophy; Department of the History of Latvia and Eastern Europe in Modern times; Department of History of Western Europe and America in Modern times; Department of Medieval History; Department of Archeology and Auxilary Disciplines of History. Faculty’s students can take an active part in field expeditions, archeological excavations and philosophical discourses, as well as participate in student mobility programmes.

Faculty of Humanities Visvalza Str. 4A, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia Phone: +371 67034841 E-mail: hzf@lu.lv Home page: www.university.lv/faculties/fh The Faculty of Humanities was created in 2010 when the former faculties of Philology and Arts and Modern Languages were merged. According to the number of students (more than 2000), lecturers and scientific researchers, the Faculty of Humanities is one of the largest at the University of Latvia. The Faculty of Humanities offers various study programmes in different science fields and sub-fields, realized within seven departments: Department of English Studies, Department of Oriental Studies, Department of German Language and Romance Languages, Division of Classical Philology and Anthropology Studies, Department of Lettonic and Baltic Studies, Department of Slavonic and Russian Studies, and Department of Contrastive Linguistics, Translation and Interpreting. The quality of studies is ensured by international programme accreditation, highly qualified teaching staff, significant number of guest lecturers from European and Asian universities, as well as international student mobility possibilities within different exchange programmes. Creative social life is maintained by the Faculty’s Student Council that organizes educational, entertainment and sports events.

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FACULTIES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LATVIA Faculty of Law Raina Blvd 19, Riga, LV-1586, Latvia Phone: +371 67034560 E-mail: juridiska.fakultate@lu.lv Home page: www.univeristy.lv/faculties/fl The Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia has been the cradle of legal sciences in Latvia ever since the University set up its Faculty of Economics and Law on September 8, 1919. Outstanding instructors, graduates and accomplish­ments in legal studies led to a rapid increase in the number of law students.  The separate Faculty of Law was established in 1944. The Faculty of Law is still the largest law school in Latvia with a wealth of traditions and achievements. The Faculty is very proud of its instructors and graduates, who are successful and outstanding lawyers. Instructors conduct scholarly work at the University, and are also actively engaged in the profession as distinguished judges, prosecutors, sworn attorneys and directors of various governmental institutions.  The Faculty of Law has its own Legal Clinic and Student Council.

Faculty of Medicine Raina Blvd 19, Riga, LV-1586, Latvia Phone: +371 67370665 E-mail: lumedi@lu.lv Home page: www.univeristy.lv/faculties/fm The Faculty of Medicine was founded in 1919 and existed up to 1950, when, following the government’s orders, the Faculty was separated from the University. After 47 years, the Faculty of Medicine was reinstated at the University of Latvia in 1998. Study programmes in the Faculty of Medicine include such study fields as pharmacology, surgery, microbiology, venereology, histology, oncology, paediatrics, pathology, genetics, biochemistry and history of medicine. Lectures and clinical practice classes take place in several hospitals, maternity homes and health centres.

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FACULTIES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LATVIA Faculty of Physics and Mathematics Zellu Str. 8, Riga, LV-1002, Latvia Phone: +371 67033750 E-mail: fmf@lu.lv Home page: www.university.lv/faculties/fpm The Faculty of Physics and Mathematics offers studies of physics, mathematics, optometry and sub-sector of medical physics. The research focuses on the developments in nuclear and molecular physics, spectroscopy, laser physics and biomedical optics. The Faculty cooperates with other universities and science centres. It also participates in multiple international projects in order to share and obtain new knowledge. The Student Council of the Faculty organizes sports events, intellectual activities and parties, including the well-known Fizmatu dienas (The days of the students of physics and mathematics).

Faculty of Social Sciences Lomonosova Str. 1A, Riga, LV-1019, Latvia Phone: +371 67241029 E-mail: szf@lu.lv Home page: www.university.lv/faculties/fsc The Faculty of Social Sciences was established in 2000. The Faculty offers studies in information and library sciences, communication, politics and sociology. The academic staff consists of renowned Latvia’s experts in the fields of communication studies, politics and sociology. Students of the Faculty of Social Sciences are always active and adventurous. The Student Council organizes international conferences and meetings and helps students to deal with various academic issues. Established traditions include the Faculty Days, the Christmas party, a series of charity events, and a sports festival which invites to participate each and every resident of the Faculty.

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FACULTIES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LATVIA Advanced Social and Political Research Institute

Lomonosova Str. 1A, Riga, LV-1019, Latvia Phone: +371 67241025 E-mail: sppi@lu.lv Home page: www.sppi.lu.lv The Institute is the structural unit of the Faculty of Social Sciences. At the Institute research is conducted in communication sciences, information and library sciences, politics, sociology, regional development in Latvia, national and international affairs, with a particular focus on the Baltic Sea region, democracy, minorities and culture.

Faculty of Theology Raina Blvd 19, Riga, LV-1586, Latvia Phone: +371 67034441 E-mail: teoldept@lu.lv Home page: www.university.lv/faculties/ft The Faculty of Theology of the University of Latvia was originally established on February 4, 1920 and re-established after the Soviet times in 1990. Presently it is the only ecumenical academic educational institution in Latvia that offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in major areas of theology and religious studies in the framework of internationally accredited study programmes. The University of Latvia Faculty of Theology is proud of its long history and contemporary scientifically critical approach to the issues of theology and religious studies. During its entire existence, the Faculty has been gathering students who prefer a wide and comprehensive humanitarian education, comprising studies in the classical disciplines of theology, the Hebrew and Greek (koine) languages, as well as subjects related to world religions, history, philosophy, psychology, ethics and others. All study programmes have been developed in accordance with the academic standards of Western European universities in the fields of theology and religious studies. The Faculty also offers a wide range of opportunities for studying abroad (for example, at the universities of Heidelberg, Munich, Tubingen, Leuven etc.). The teaching staff and students of the Faculty represent different worldviews, creeds and religions, and it is not a coincidence. The Faculty’s guiding principle is to attract academic staff which represents the best experts in the field, regardless of their ethnicity, religious affiliation, age, gender or place of residence. The Faculty also frequently invites visiting professors from other European and American universities, so that students can become better acquainted with the latest trends in religious studies in the world.

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COLLEGES AND AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS P. Stradins Medical College of the University of Latvia

Vidus prospect 36/38, Jurmala, Bulduri, LV-2010, Latvia. Phone +371 67752507 E-mail: st-skola@apollo.lv Home page: www.psk.lu.lv P. Stradins Medical College of the University of Latvia started its activity in 1939 as Riga 2nd Medical School founded by the famous Latvian professor and surgeon Pauls Stradins. College implements first level higher professional education in 8 study programmes. Currently the College trains approximately 800 students. Collaboration partners of the College are higher educational institutions from Estonia, Lithuania, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Bulgaria, Italy, Portugal and Hungary. The College participates in ERASMUS exchange programme. Riga Medical College of the University of Latvia

Hipokrata Str. 1, Riga, LV-1079, Latvia. Phone +371 67840743 E-mail: koledza@rmkoledza.lv Home page: www.rmkoledza.lv Riga Medical College of the University of Latvia was founded in 1980 and at the time it was called Riga Medical School No. 5. The College implements a first level professional higher education study programmes in nursing and medicine. The College educates and trains health care professionals who remain competitive beyond Latvia, encompassing the European Union labour market. There are more than 600 students at the moment. Riga Graduate School of Law

Strelnieku Str. 4K-2, Riga, LV-1010, Latvia. Phone +371 67039230 E-mail: office@rgsl.edu.lv Home page: www.rgsl.edu.lv Riga Graduate School of Law (RGSL) was established by the agreement among the Latvian and Swedish governments and the Soros Foundation of Latvia in 1998, but in 2005 RGSL became an autonomous institution within the University of Latvia. The Riga Graduate School of Law has established itself firmly in academic and professional circles both in Latvia and abroad. The growth is evident through the changing profile of the School, which is becoming more dynamic with the introduction of new programmes and taking part in different European study projects. Stockholm School of Economics in Riga

Strelnieku Str. 4, Riga, LV-1010, Latvia. Phone +371 67015800 E-mail: office@sseriga.edu Home page: www.sseriga.edu The Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga) was founded in 1994 by the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) with the support of the Swedish and Latvian governments. Since 2010 the University of Latvia is one of the owners of SSE Riga. The mission of SSE Riga is to provide a state-of-the-art education in business and economics that contributes to the economic and social development of the region, in particular Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The mission also includes research and focusing on its relevance to the Baltic countries.

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RESEARCH INSTITUTES-AGENCIES Institute of Biology Miera Str. 3, Salaspils, LV-2169, Latvia Phone: +371 67944988 E-mail: office@email.lubi.edu.lv Home page: www.lubi.edu.lv The Institute cooperates with the Faculty of Biology and the Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences. The main research areas are Latvia’s natural resources, their rational use, environmental and ecological problems, nature protection, as well as the studies of the life processes and biological productivity of plants and animals.

Institute of Latvian History Akademijas Square 1, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia Phone: +371 67223715 E-mail: lvi@lza.lv Home page: www.lvi.lv The research activities of the Institute of Latvian History focus on history, archaeology, ethnology, anthropology, bioarchaeology, and dendrochronology. Major research fields include the prehistory of Latvia and the social and cultural history of the inhabitants of Latvia during prehistoric period and medieval times, Early Modern and Modern history of Latvia, the 20th Century history of Latvia, the traditional way of living and customs of the Latvian people, and cultural-historical studies on Riga.

Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art Akademijas Square 1, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia Phone: +371 67229017 E-mail: litfom@lza.lv Home page: www.lfmi.lu.lv The major research fields include the history of Latvian literature, theory of Latvian literature, Latvian folklore, Latvian theatre and music. The Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art fosters academic culture development in Latvia. It also popularizes Latvian culture at home as well as abroad.

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RESEARCH INSTITUTES-AGENCIES Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science Raina Blvd 29, Riga, LV-1459, Latvia Phone: +371 67224730 E-mail: imcs@lumii.lv Home page: www.lumii.lv The main fields of research: ◆ Computer science Complex information systems modelling langu­ ages and development tools, graph theory and visual information processing, semantic web technologies, computational linguistics, bioinformatics, real time systems, embedded systems, data security incidents processing methods, research for e-infrastructure development. ◆ Mathematics Quantum algorithms, mathematical modelling for technologies and natural sciences, optimal managerial tasks for partial differential equation, problems of mathematical physics in complex media, qualitative theory of ordinary nonlinear differential equations. ◆ Innovation National data- and cyberspace-security (Computer Incident Response and Security Team CERT.LV Responsibility by Latvian Law), national top level domain .lv administration, European research network GEANT and National Research and Education Network operation in Latvia, research e-infrastructure. ◆ Other professional activities Support of higher education process in Latvia and national and international olympiads in informatics.

Institute of Philosophy and Sociology Akademijas Square 1, Riga, LV-1940, Latvia Phone: +371 67229208 E-mail: fsi@lza.lv Home page: www.fsi.lu.lv The main fields of research: ◆ The history of philosophical, cultural and religious ideas in Latvia and studies of the Latvian national and cultural identity and their processes;

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RESEARCH INSTITUTES-AGENCIES ◆ The history of Western philosophy and studies of contemporary European philosophical trends (phenomenology, hermeneutics, philosophical anthropology, psychoanalysis, feminism); Philosophy as an Art of Living; Latvian translations of Old Greek philosophical texts and contemporary Western European philosophical texts; ◆ The sociology research includes youth sociology, transition from youth to adulthood, sociology of education, employment, poverty and social exclusion, addictions, oral history, identities, ethnic sociology, integration. The work at the Institute research is commissioned by the Latvian Science Council, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Welfare, and allied public bodies and foundations. Advanced IT applications are used for managing the panels, making research data available online, benchmarking and advanced online surveying. The web infrastructure is suitable for conducting large-scale fieldwork.

Institute of Physics Miera Str. 32, Salaspils, LV-2169, Latvia Phone: +371 67944700 E-mail: fizinst@sal.lv Home page: www.ipul.lv The Institute of Physics of the University of Latvia is recognized as one of the oldest worldwide centers in fundamental and applied magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) and ferrofluids, well qualified also in different liquid metal technologies. The research encompasses the areas of hydromechanics, physics of magnetic pheno­ mena, engineering physics, heat and mass transfer. The extensive experience of the Institute of Physics in the work with different liquid metals and the appropriate experimental equipment, specific methods and pro­ cedures of measurements allow to conduct a high level basic research, for example, on MHD self-excitation of magnetic field (the Riga-Dynamo experiment, since 2000). On the basis of physical research several original MHD methods have been developed for controlling the hydrodynamic and heat/mass transfer in various technologies. Liquid metal applications for nuclear engineering (EM pumps for fission and future fusion applications, for neutron spoliation devices etc.) are also considered. Numerous versions of electromagnetic pumps are developed for ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy, for composite material production and for single semiconductor growth technology. The Institute of Physics publishes the journal Magnetohydrodynamics. The journal deals with problems of fundamental and applied magnetohydrodynamics of incompressible media, including magnetic fluids. Since 2001 it is published only in English and distributed worldwide.

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RESEARCH INSTITUTES-AGENCIES Institute of Polymer Mechanics Aizkraukles Str. 23, Riga, LV-1006, Latvia Phone: +371 67551145 E-mail: polmech@pmi.lv Home page: www.pmi.lv The main fields of research: ◆ Theoretical and experimental studies of deformation and fracture of materials; ◆ Mechanics of composite structure, numerical estimation methods and optimization; ◆ Prediction of long-term deformation and strength of materials, effect of environmental factors on their exploitation properties; ◆ Non-destructive methods for testing the physical and mechanical properties of materials; ◆ Rheology of filled and reinforced polymer composite materials, study of physical and mechanical properties.

Institute of Solid State Physics Kengaraga Str. 8, Riga, LV-1063, Latvia Phone: +371 67187816 E-mail: issp@cfi.lu.lv Home page: www.cfi.lu.lv The Institute is an internationally recognized institution, and a leader in the material sciences and cross-disciplinary topics in Latvia. The mission of the Institute is to transfer the excellence in material science to highly educated people and innovation. Along with the research, the Institute participates in different activities to educate the society of Latvia and to attract young talented individuals to develop their career in science. Physics Department of the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics at the University of Latvia and Institute of Solid State Physics have developed a very extensive and strong collaboration. The Chair of Solid State Physics and Physics of Materials (chaired by Prof. U. Rogulis) is a member of Faculty’s academic staff since 2002. A considerable number of the students of the Physics Department elaborate their bachelor’s, master’s and PhD theses at the scientific laboratories of the Institute. Institute of Solid State Physics is the coordinator of a number of research and development cooperation projects on functional materials and nanotechnologies in Latvia, including National Research Centre, research programmes and co-operation projects. Furthermore, the Institute participates in the EURATOM, EFDA, JET and Fusion for Energy projects and implements several FP7 projects, including ‘CACOMEL’ (Nano-carbon based

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RESEARCH INSTITUTES-AGENCIES components and materials for high-frequency electronics), ‘H2ESOT’ (Waste Heat to Electrical Energy via Sustainable Organic Thermoelectric Devices), illustrating capability to productively participate in research that is at the forefront of its discipline. At the Institute of Solid State Physics the Latvian Nanostructured Material Research Centre (LATNANO-C) is being developed as a part of ERDF project ‘National research centre of functional and construction materials and its technologies’. LATNANO-C will serve as an essential European research infrastructure for processing and study of nanostructured materials equipped with advanced technological and research facilities. The main fields of research: ◆ Theoretical modelling of physical and chemical processes, structure and properties of advanced materials; ◆ Inorganic single crystals, ceramics, glasses, thin films, and nano-structured surfaces for applications in optics, electronics and photonics; ◆ Experimental studies of electronic and ionic processes in wide-gap materials with different degree of structural ordering; ◆ Functional organic molecules and polymers for photonics and organic electronics; ◆ Multifunctional and hybrid materials for energy applications including photovoltaic elements, fuel cells, hydrogen energetics and light emitting diodes.

Latvian Language Institute Akademijas Square 1, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia Phone/Fax: +371 67227696 E-mail: latv@lza.lv Home page: www.lulavi.lv The main long-term goals of the academic activities of the Latvian Language Institute are theoretical and practical studies of the Latvian language in diachronic and synchronic aspect, as well as the development of Latvian academic lexicography, dialectology, geolinguistics, onomastics, which would establish Latvian linguistics as an integral part of European linguistic and cultural area. Among medium-term goals the integrated application of traditional and modern linguistic methods and theories in investigating the history and current situation of the Latvian language must be noted, thus arriving at conclusions which correspond to the level of modern humanities. The main fields of research: ◆ Dialectology and history of language; ◆ Onomastics; ◆ Grammar (including Phonetics); ◆ Lexicology and lexicography;

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RESEARCH INSTITUTES-AGENCIES/RESEARCH INSTITUTES ◆ Sociolinguistics; ◆ Terminology and studies of language culture. The results of the research are disseminated through publications in Latvian and foreign scientific papers. The Institute collaborates with other institutions both on a national and international level. The cooperation implemented by the Institute has resulted in numerous joint publications.

Institute of Astronomy Raina Blvd 19, Riga, LV-1586, Latvia Phone: +371 67932863 E-mail: astra@latnet.lv Home page: www.astr.lu.lv The Institute of Astronomy of the University of Latvia was founded in 1997 on the basis of the Astronomy Observatory of the University of Latvia and the Radio-astrophysics Observatory of the Latvian Academy of Sciences. The main fields of research: ◆ Carbon stars in the Milky Way: bibliographical catalogue of kinematics, photometric, spectrophotometric a.o. characteristics. Updating of the electronic version of the general carbon star catalog CGCS; ◆ Observations of low resolution spectra and V, R, I photometry, determination of physical properties of carbon stars’ atmospheres; ◆ Digitization of Schmidt telescope archive of astronomical plates; ◆ Global coordinated investigation of asteroids’ and comets’ properties; ◆ Investigations of the physical processes in the non-stationary objects in space (interstellar environment, solar corona, supernovas); ◆ High-precision satellite laser ranging into the frame of global coordinated programs for geodynamics, research and development of laser ranging methods and instrumentation; ◆ Construction of astronomical instrumentation. Institute has two observatories. The astrophysical observatory in Baldone has the wide field Schmidt system telescope (80x120x240 cm), which is largest in Baltic states and equipped with a 4 degree objective prism and CCD camera. The satellite laser station Riga in Riga (Kandavas Street 2) operates a 1 m laser ranging telescope and it is the only operating satellite laser ranging system in Baltic states. SLR station Riga is a member of ILRS (International Laser Ranging Service) and EUROLAS. The laser telescope is capable to measure distances to satellites with the approximate accuracy of 1 cm (target dependent), including high orbiting satellites like GNSS (Global Navigation System

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RESEARCH INSTITUTES Satellites). Station also operates a permanent GNSS station capable of measuring signals from all contemporary satellite navigation systems: GPS, Galileo, Glonass and Beidou. The scientists participate in international research programmes that offer extensive opportunities for studies in foreign institutes and observatories. A public observatory is located in the main building of the University of Latvia. At the Planetarium of Astrophysical observatory in Baldone the visitors can admire objects of Milky Way and planets of Solar System with magnification up to 10 000 on a daily basis.

Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy Raina Blvd 19, Riga, LV-1586, Latvia Phone: +371 67225493 E-mail: asi@lu.lv Home page: www.asi.lv The Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy is a multidisciplinary research division of the University of Latvia. It is known under its current name since 1994, while its factual predecessor, the Laboratory of Spectroscopy Problems of the University, was established in 1967. Today, it specialises on biophotonics, atmosphere physics, photochemistry, theoretical physics, high-resolution spectroscopy, and light source technologies. Some more recent research directions include applications of photonics technologies and frequency combs, and joint project initiatives with small and medium size enterprises (SMEs). The Institute is the coordinator of the association FOTONIKA-LV – a member of EPIC and a European Commission’s Centre of Excellence on photonics supported by the EU Framework Programme 7. With the budget of 3.8 MEur, the project is one of the largest contracts ever won by Latvian scientists in an open international competition. The Institute also hosts the Riga Photonics Centre (www.fotonika.lv), and offices of several Latvian National Contact Point experts for the EU Horizon 2020 programme.

Institute of Cardiology Pilsonu Str. 13, Riga, LV-1002, Latvia Phone: +371 67069575 E-mail: Aldis.Rozenbergs@lu.lv Home page: www.university.lv/institutes/ic The main fields of research: ◆ Epidemiology and prevention of CVD; ◆ Clinical and invasive cardiology;

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RESEARCH INSTITUTES ◆ Atherosclerosis and basic understandings of coronary and peripheral vessels; ◆ Evaluation of gene polymorphisms in the development of coronary heart disease; ◆ Cell sciences and therapies.

Institute of Chemical Physics Kronvalda Blvd 4, Riga, LV-1010, Latvia Phone: +371 67033875 E-mail: Donats.Erts@lu.lv Home page: www.kfi.lu.lv The Institute of Chemical Physics operates scientific laboratories which actively implement the research in nanoscale chemistry and physics, radiation chemistry, dosimetry and radioactive waste management. The main fields of research: ◆ Synthesis, structure, properties and perspective applications of nanomaterials (graphene, nanowires, nanotubes nanoparticles, DNA molecules); ◆ Nanomechanics and nanoelectromechanics; ◆ Development of instrumentation for nanoscience; ◆ Quantum chemistry of molecules, small clusters and solids; ◆ Materials for high energy applications; ◆ Properties of functional and construction materials of fusion devices. Applied engineering and management activities: ◆ Accredited Laboratory of Secondary Standard Dosimetry provides testing and verification of radiometers, dosimeters, accessories for x-ray devices of Latvia and Estonia. ◆ The Group of Salaspils Nuclear reactor provides treatment of radioactive waste, management of radioactive household waste and monitoring of Salaspils Nuclear reactor territory.

Institute of Experimental and Clinical Medicine Ojara Vaciesa Str. 4, Riga, LV-1004, Latvia Phone: +371 67613027 E-mail: ekmi@lu.lv Home page: www.university.lv/institutes/iecm The main fields of research: ◆ Bone physiology;

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RESEARCH INSTITUTES ◆ Muscle physiology, blood circulation and working capacity; ◆ Human physiological adaptation, prophylaxis of human physiological disadaptation, diagnostics, treatment; ◆ Carbohydrate metabolism, obesity, health and food; ◆ Tumor cell biology – stem cell renewal problem, tumour resistance and regeneration; ◆ Computer analysis of tumor cells in diagnostics and prognostics, and prognosis; ◆ Optimization of cancer immunotherapy.

Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformatics Raina Blvd 19, Riga, LV-1586, Latvia Phone/Fax: +371 67034436 E-mail: ggi@lu.lv Home page: www.lu.lv/ggi The main fields of research: ◆ Construction and application of satellite laser ranging systems for geodynamic research; ◆ Global Navigation Satellite Systems; Design of digital zenith telescope for studies of gravity field structure. Geodetic reference networks. Geodynamics for studies of environmental changes; ◆ Geoinformatics; GIS data bases. Spatial analyse of urban environment. Digital 3D models (terrain, building and land cover).

Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology Kronvalda Blvd 4, Riga, LV-1010, Latvia Phone: +371 67034887 E-mail: lumbi@lanet.lv Home page: www.lu.lv/mbi Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology carries out several research projects and student training programs in the field of white (industrial and environmental) biotechnology. The main fields of research: ◆ Metabolism, physiology and biotechnology of industrial producer microorganisms; ◆ Microbial biodegradation and environmental biotechnology; ◆ Food biotechnology.

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STUDY CENTRES Centre for European and Transition Studies Kalpaka Blvd 4, room 207, Riga, LV-1586, Latvia Phone: +371 67034374 E-mail: cets@lu.lv Home page: www.lu.lv/cets The Centre for European and Transition Studies was established in 2000 at the University of Latvia. The Centre’s mission is to promote and support the interdisciplinary academic and applied research on European issues, involving students from European Union Member States and countries outside the EU. Through publications, events, social media the Centre has provided a unique discussion space for anyone interested in improving the quality of public administration, economic policy, regional and social policy issues. The Centre hosts Jean Monnet and Marie Curie European Commission projects, providing advices to public institutions on economic and social development in the context of European integration. The Centre for European and Transition Studies is an internationally recognized forum of debate for academics, postgraduates and practitioners on the current trends in European development from the perspective of Baltic states. The Centre also offers an opportunity to acquire a master’s degree in European Studies.

Centre for Gender Studies Visvalza Str. 4A, room 311, Riga, LV-1582, Latvia Phone: +371 28330662 E-mail: Irina.Novikova@lu.lv Home page: www.university.lv/studycentres/cgs The Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Latvia offers the opportunity to obtain the information about gender studies, feminism, variable conferences and workshops about gender studies in Latvia, as well as in other countries. The library of the Centre offers books and other materials about the situation in Latvia and in the whole world. The Centre for Gender Studies has published a number of article collections on gender, women’s and men’s issues, including Gender Matters in the Baltics in 2008. The Centre cooperates with other university centres for gender, women’s and men’s studies worldwide and takes part in different international projects.

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STUDY CENTRES Centre for Judaic Studies Raina Blvd 19, Riga, LV-1586, Latvia Phone: +371 67034421 E-mail: jsc@latnet.lv Home page: www.lu.lv/cjs The Centre for Judaic Studies at the University of Latvia was established in July 1998. The main activities of the Centre are aimed at promoting and maintaining the positive development of Latvian-Jewish relations by means of accurate research work and different educational projects.

Centre of Family Health Education Raina Blvd 19, Riga, LV-1586, Latvia Phone: +371 67034496 E-mail: gvc@lu.lv Home page: www.university.lv/studycentres/cfhe The objective of the Centre is to promote further education of doctors of medicine and other professionals of health protection.

Centre of Indian Studies and Culture Rupniecibas Str. 10, room 409, Riga, LV1010, Latvia Phone: + 371 29498230 E-mail: Sigma.Ankrava@lu.lv Home page: www.university.lv/studycentres/cisc Centre of Indian Studies and Culture is the youngest of University of Latvia centres, officially inaugurated on September 9, 2013. The objective of the Centre is to promote cooperation in research, culture and business between Latvia and India. It will be achieved through joint projects in research and education, encouragement of the academic staff and students of UL to develop research and implement studies related to India, by helping Indian students in Latvia to find contacts and information about Latvia, as well as fostering the integration of Indian diaspora living in Latvia.

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STUDY CENTRES Centre of Lithuanistics Visvalza Str. 4A, Room 303, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia Phone: +371 67033847 E-mail: Laimute.Balode@lu.lv Home page: www.university.lv/studycentres/cl The Centre of Lithuanistics was established in 1999. This academic study and research center, located in the Faculty of Humanities, is responsible for teaching Lithuanian disciplines Photo: Santa Rukmane (language, culture, literature, folklore, history, translation etc.) at the University of Latvia and coordinating Lithuanistic studies at other higher education institutions of Latvia. The students are encouraged to work on research in the field of Latvian and Lithuanian comparative vocabulary, phraseology, phonetics, morphology, syntax, literature, ethnology and other research directions. The Centre has a close cooperation with the universities of Lithuania in terms of exchange students and teachers as well as participation in joint scientific expeditions and projects.

Confucius Institute Raina Blvd 19, Riga, LV-1586, Latvia Phone: +371 67034366 E-mail: konfucijs@lu.lv, Marija.Jurso@lu.lv Home page: www.ci.lu.lv Confucius Institute of the University of Latvia was founded on November 4, 2011. Alongside the world’s growing interest in China, the Confucius Institute at the University of Latvia facilitates the intercultural dialogue through teaching the Chinese language and promoting Chinese culture.

Photo: Wang Shutui

The Confucius Institute has organized the international Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) and the competition Chinese Language Bridge already twice in 2012 and 2013. In 2013, twelve students from Confucius Institute of the University of Latvia have received the Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters) scholarships for the Chinese language studies in China. As of the academic year 2012/2013, the Confucius Institute of the University of Latvia offers two level Chinese language courses (Beginners’ level and Intermediate level), in the academic year 2013/2014 also the Advanced level Chinese course has been launched. Besides the language studies, the Confucius Institute organizes the Spring Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations, Sinology lectures held by professors from China and different Chinese culture activities like Calligraphy and Chinese traditional painting.

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STUDY CENTRES Language Centre Aspazijas Blvd 5, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia Phone: +371 67034630 E-mail: valoducentrs@lu.lv Home page: www.university.lv/studycentres/lc The professors of Language Centre provide the courses in Latvian, Russian, English, German, French, Estonian and other languages to the students of undergraduate and postgraduate (bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral) programmes and the programmes of further education. The Centre also offers regular and intensive language courses for different levels.

Pre-studies Training Centre Baznicas Str. 5 (entrance from yard, room 154), Riga, LV-1010, Latvia Phone: +371 67034451, +371 20279199 E-mail: sagkursi@lu.lv Home page: www.university.lv/studycentres/pstc The purpose of the Centre is to prepare the future students for the school-finishing exams, as well as the entrance examinations and studies at the University of Latvia. Full list of all the study centres of the University of Latvia and faculties: www.university.lv/studycentres

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OTHER UNITS Academic Library Rupniecibas Str. 10, Riga, LV-1235, Latvia Phone: +371 67323250 E-mail: acadlib@lib.acadlib.lv Home page: www.acadlib.lv The Academic Library of the University of Latvia is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. The Library stock consists of 3.4 million information resources, the largest collection of ancient and rare editions and manuscripts in Latvia, and the largest collection of Latvian literature in the world – the Misina Library.

Botanical Garden Kandavas Str. 2, Riga, LV-1083, Latvia Phone: +371 67450852 E-mail: botaniskais.darzs@lu.lv Home page: www.botanika.lu.lv The Botanical Garden (BG) of the University of Latvia was founded in 1922 as a research base for students, scientists and for increasing of public awareness in research and topics related to botany. Range of activities: ◆ Plant introduction, collection and investigation; ◆ Public education and teaching.

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OTHER UNITS The Botanical Garden exchanges seeds with many botanical gardens and scientific research institutions. The BG occupies 15 ha, collections comprising about 6000 plant species and cultivars. The Botanical Garden introduces the visitors to the diversity of plants from different aspects through a variety of expositions. The greenhouses offer to view more than 1600 species of tropical and subtropical plants. The Botanical Garden is more than just a pretty park – it is the only place in Latvia where bananas are grown and harvested. The blooming of more than 100 azalea sorts delights during February and March. The exotic tropical butterflies surprise viewers in the Tropical butterfly house. The garden offers to examine about 400 species of plants which are native to Latvia, including rare and protected plants. The small exposition of Mire plants demonstrante the flora of marshlands in Latvia. The exposition Systematic groups of plants is dedicated to a deeper understanding of the plant systematics. The Biological and Morphological groups of plants give an insight into the ways of plant adaptation, pollination, dissemination, exterior features of plants that have been formed as a result of different external conditions. The exposition of Poisonous plants represents 64 wild poisonous plants growing in Latvia. The collection of herbs encompasses 290 species – both recognized in medicinal science and the ones used in popular medicine. Perennial ornamental plants, dahlias, lilies are located in the central part of the garden. The Arboretum represents under 1000 taxons, majority of them have been introduced to Latvia. The most important ones are the collections of rhododendrons, magnolias, lilacs, apricots and peaches. Four buildings dating from the 18-19th centuries, the Wolfschmidt inheritors’ property, have been preserved in the garden territory. These buildings have been granted the status of wooden architecture monuments of national significance. The territory of the garden hosts the University terrestrial satellite monitoring station which also includes the geodesic starting point of the triganometric network of Latvia.

Career Centre Raina Blvd 19, Riga, LV-1586, Latvia Phone: +371 67034410 E-mail: karjera@lu.lv Home page: www.karjera.lu.lv In the Career Centre students and graduates can look for various job and internship vacancies, structure and improve CVs and motivation letters, reveal their strong qualities Photo: Viktorija Gaina and experiences in various interesting seminars as well as turn to competent consultants with other development-related queries such as changing their study programme, planning career steps or preparing for job interviews. Pupils can receive consultations on training and study programmes after receiving secondary education. Employers can become acquainted with students and acquire important contacts with those who have already begun or only plan to begin their professional lives.

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OTHER UNITS Foundation JUVENTUS Raina Blvd 19, Riga, LV-1586, Latvia Phone: +371 67034397 E-mail: Edite.Simanovica@lu.lv Home page: www.university.lv/culture The major culture and arts organization at the UL is the association Juventus, which was established in 1997. More than 19 different amateur groups actively participate in the work of Juventus, among them the choirs Juventus, Aura, DeCoro, Dziesmuvara, Jubilate, Minjona, Latve, Dziedonis, PKVK, the dance groups Dancis, Dancitis and midle-aged dance group Dancis, the folk dance group Dandari, the early music ensemble Canto, vocal ensemble Dancis, the Chamber Orchestra, the Wind Orchestra, the Students’ Theatre Group, the ceramics studio Vape. The Foundation organizes various concerts and festivals. Social life at the University of Latvia is very active and versatile. It provides many opportunities to obtain knowledge, education and also to grow as a personality.

Innovation Centre Raina Blvd 19, Riga, LV-1586, Latvia Phone: +371 67034414 E-mail: inovacijas@lu.lv Home page: www.university.lv/innovationcentre The Innovation Centre of the University of Latvia, established in 2006, focuses on promoting the commercialization of the University of Latvia scientists’ research results and the application of these results in the national economy. The Innovation Centre’s aim is to inform public about the innovations and scientific solutions created by the University of Latvia, to coordinate the cooperation between the scientists and industry, and to promote the development of high-tech enterprises, as well as to gather information about the demand of research services and to inform scientists about the potential cooperation possibilities. The tasks of the Centre are: ◆ Transfer of technology and knowledge, commercialization of the intellectual property of the UL; ◆ Databases of scientific competency and services of research; ◆ Cooperation arrangements between entrepreneurs and scientists; ◆ Innovation development projects.

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OTHER UNITS Museum of History of Science and Technology Raina Blvd 19, Riga, LV-1586, Latvia Phone: +371 67034587 E-mail: muzejs@lu.lv Home page: www.university.lv/museum The establishment of the University of Latvia gave rise to the thought of collection and preservation of precious museum pieces. For example, a small room in the University of Latvia’s main building preserves the evidence about the time when students who had failed to return library books in due time could be punished by deprivation of liberty for several days. The students’ punishment cell, installed in the 19th century, has been preserved in its original state. However, when it was functioning, it was mostly locked and inaccessible, but now it is open for all visitors of UL Museum of History. The Museum includes several branches of science: F. Zander – Space Exploration Museum at Raina Blvd 19 Phone: +371 67034565, e-mail: Gunta.Vilka@lu.lv Museum of Botany at Kronvalda Blvd 4 Phone: +371 67034877, e-mail: berga@lu.lv Museum of Computing and Informatics at Raina Blvd 29 Phone: +371 67211023, e-mail: stmuzejs@latnet.lv Museum of Geology at Alberta Str. 10 and K. Valdemara Str. 48 Phone: +371 67333071, e-mail: Vija.Hodireva@lu.lv Museum of History at Raina Blvd 19 Phone: +371 67034566, e-mail: Aija.Fedorova@lu.lv Museum of Human Pathology at O. Vaciesa Str. 4 Phone: +371 67455893, e-mail: gova@lu.lv Museum of Pedagogy at Jurmalas Avenue 74/76 Phone: +371 67033859, e-mail: Aida.Kruze@lu.lv Museum of Zoology at Kronvalda Blvd 4 Phone: +371 67034881, e-mail: buteo@lu.lv

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OTHER UNITS Nursery of Rhododendrons Babite Spilve, Babite municipality, LV-2101, Latvia Phone: +371 67913107 E-mail: rodod@lanet.lv Home page: www.rododendri.lu.lv Rhododendron breeding and testing nursery Babite covers 11.8 ha of breeding facilities in a pine forest near Riga. Currently Babite is the only specialized nursery of rhododendrons in the Baltic states. Within the blooming season more than 15 000 visitors use the opportunity to visit colorful exposition of nursery’s famous planting objects. Rhododendrons as exceptionally ornamental plants are widely used in parks and gardens. In the collection of the Nursery, there are 72 rhododendron species and 205 cultivars most adapted to Latvia’s climatic conditions. 78 of cultivars have been selected by Prof. R. Kondratovics and all of them are registered in the International Rhododendron Register, the Royal Horticultural Society. The first research work on introduction of rhododendrons started in the Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia in 1957. As a result of intensive selection work hundreds of the most valuable and perspective hybrids were developed. To provide the necessary space for expanded scientific and breeding activities, new facilities were required, and in 1980 the rhododendrons’ nursery Babite was founded. Professor R. Kondratovics was the main initiator of rhododendrons’ selection work and research in Latvia. For more than 50 years he has developed the theoretical basis and practical methods of large-scale cultivation of rhododendrons in Latvian agro-climatic conditions and introduced several agro-technical methods for rhododendron propagation. Today the major activities of Babite include the following: ◆ Introduction and selection of rhododendrons for the Latvian agro-climatic conditions; ◆ Improvement of existing and development of new generative and vegetative propagation methods; ◆ Improvement of breeding agro-techniques and disease and pest control methods; ◆ Participation in student training; providing facilities for related bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral work; ◆ Selling cultivars and providing public information on rhododendrons.

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OTHER UNITS Sports Service Centre Olympic Sports Centre, Gostronas Str. 6B, Riga, LV-1013, Latvia Phone: +371 29333956 E-mail: sports@lu.lv Home page: www.university.lv/sport University of Latvia sports’ activities and teams are organized by the Sports Service Centre (UL SSC), which contributes to the students’ training in different sports, and also provides professionally equipped sports’ bases. In the University students can choose any of the most popular sports offered by the UL SSC – basketball, football, volleyball, floorball, handball, athletics, aerobics, frisbee, baseball, skiing, table tennis and kendo. Students can train professionally or for recreation, as well as to raise the overall level of physical fitness.

Each year, the UL cup competitions are held in various sports. Team sports like basketball, volleyball and soccer have gained increasing popularity. Leagues in these sports conclude with the final matches, competitions and cheerleader dances. Sports’ games, football nights, aerobics marathon, mini-football cup, streetball and other activities provide the students with healthy recreation and opportunity for a career in sports. Top athletes are included in the UL teams that participate in competitions of various scale – Latvian and World Championships, SELL Student Games, World University Games, etc. The best students of UL teams can apply for a reduced tuition. A unique project is the collaboration with the football school Metta, which has resulted in creation of a football team, FS METTA/University of Latvia. The football team is training in a professional environment and have the necessary equipment in order for players to improve their skills and become high class athletes. Trends are similar in other sports, especially basketball, where UL is represented in Aldaris Latvian Basketball League, Students League as well as international tournaments. UL highly appreciates the importance of sports in students’ personal growth.

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OTHER UNITS Students’ Council Raina Blvd 19, Riga, LV-1586, Latvia Phone: +371 67034317 E-mail: lusp@lusp.lv Home page: www.lusp.lv Students’ Council of the University of Latvia is an independent collegial institution, which represents the rights and interests of the students of the University of Latvia. The Students’ Council of the University of Latvia is the student representative body that unites student representatives from all 13 faculties of the largest university in Latvia. The Council is actively involved in the University decision making process, being the main promoter of student interests in the educational, social, economic and cultural fields. The Council actively organizes various events for students to involve them into the decision making process and to increase their sense of belonging to the University. It has also played a part in organizing and participating in various international projects, for example, Ride for your Rights project, UNICA conferences, the international opinion forum Linking labour market aspirations with content of Higher education. Youth Perspective, as well as welcomed visitors from all over the world, the most recent ones being a group of students from St. Olaf college (USA). The University of Latvia Students’ Council consists of elected representatives from 13 faculties students’ councils, of whom a chairperson and, accordingly to his or her proposed model, the Board members are elected. All the representatives are elected for a term of one year. The Board with the approval of the Council, if needed, can hire additional office staff.

University of Latvia Foundation K. Barona Str. 28A – 8, Riga, LV-1011, Latvia Phone: +371 67244120 E-mail: fonds@fonds.lv Home page: www.fonds.lv The University of Latvia Foundation was established in 2005 with an aim to facilitate relationships with sponsors and patrons of the UL and to provide scholarships as well as other kinds of support to students, lecturers and researchers. Currently the investment portfolio is approximately EUR 10 millions, and the Foundation is able to provide more than 230 student scholarships annually. The University of Latvia Foundation also administers educational, learning environment improvement and reconstruction projects supported by the patrons.

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OTHER UNITS University of Latvia Library Kalpaka Blvd 4, Riga, LV-1820, Latvia Phone: +371 675512866 E-mail: info-bibl@lu.lv Home page: www.university.lv/library The collection of the Library of University of Latvia comprises more than 1.5 million units and is continuously expanding according to the guidelines and requirements of the study programmes and the research work carried out at the University of Latvia. The Library offers books, periodicals, audiovisual materials, and published documents and more than 145 000 electronic resources in various fields of science in Latvian and foreign languages. The Library is proud of several collections of Rare Editions and Manuscripts that include manuscripts, parchments, graphic productions, engravings, rare books and other sources. The Library at Kalpaka Boulevard is located in a renovated historical building at Kalpaka Blvd 4 and will serve as a new research centre in Humanities and Social sciences. The branch libraries are located in the buildings of University’s faculties: UL Library of Biology at Kronvalda Blvd 4 Phone: +371 67034893, e-mail: biologijas.bibl@lu.lv UL Library of Chemical Sciences at Kr. Valdemara Str. 48 Phone: +371 67371505, e-mail: kimijas.bibl@lu.lv UL Library of Economics and UL Library of History and Philosophy Sciences at Aspazijas Blvd 5 Phone: +371 67034642, e-mail: ekonomikas.bibl@lu.lv UL Library of Geography and Earth Sciences at Alberta Str. 10 Phone: +371 67223894, e-mail: geografijas.bibl@lu.lv UL Library of Humanities at Visvalza Str. 4A Phone: +371 67033846 e-mail: humanitara.bibl@lu.lv UL Library of Education and Psychology at Jurmalas Ave. 74/76 Phone: +371 67034047, e-mail: pedagogijas.bibl@lu.lv UL Library of Physics and Mathematics at Zellu Str. 8 Phone: +371 67033812, e-mail: fiz-mat.bibl@lu.lv UL Multi-branched Library: Computer Science, Law and Theology and UL Library of Medicine at Raina Blvd 19 Phone: +371 67034431, e-mail: daudznozaru.bibl@lu.lv UL Library of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Lomonosova Str. 1A Phone: +371 67140332, e-mail: szf-bibl@lu.lv

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Contents CONTENTS University of Latvia History and Symbols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mission Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . University of Latvia in Figures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . International Cooperation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . International Relations Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Student Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Degree Programmes at the University of Latvia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Course Attendee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Continuing Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Faculties of the University of Latvia Faculty of Biology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Faculty of Chemistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Faculty of Computing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Faculty of Economics and Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Institute of Educational Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scientific Institute of Pedagogy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Faculty of History and Philosophy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Faculty of Humanities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Faculty of Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Faculty of Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Faculty of Physics and Mathematics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Faculty of Social Sciences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Advanced Social and Political Research Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Faculty of Theology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Colleges and Affiliated Organizations P. Stradins Medical College of the University of Latvia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Riga Medical College of the University of Latvia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Riga Graduate School of Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stockholm School of Economics in Riga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Research Institutes-Agencies Institute of Biology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Institute of Latvian History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Institute of Philosophy and Sociology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Institute of Physics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Institute of Polymer Mechanics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Institute of Solid State Physics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Latvian Language Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Research Institutes Institute of Astronomy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Institute of Cardiology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Institute of Chemical Physics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Institute of Experimental and Clinical Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformatics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Study Centres Centre for European and Transition Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Centre for Gender Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Centre for Judaic Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Centre of Family Health Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Centre of Indian Studies and Culture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Centre of Lithuanistics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Confucius Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Language Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pre-studies Training Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Other Units Academic Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Botanical Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Career Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Foundation Juventus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Innovation Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Museum of History of Science and Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nursery of Rhododendrons Babite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sports Service Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Students’ Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . University of Latvia Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . University of Latvia Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . University of Latvia Press . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . University of Latvia Radio NABA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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