25. Mārcis Auziņš, Rector of the University of Latvia, Next 20 Years – a Time of Change for Latvia.

Together we have spent the first twenty years since the restoration of independent Latvia. This is quite an ample period of time to be worth assessing what we have gained over these years of independence and what we would like to expect from the next twenty years. Perhaps not all of our cherished hopes and plans have come true; we have also witnessed frustration. Nevertheless, the most important gain is knowing that we have returned to the Western world to which we had always belonged. We have returned into the community of nations, united by a common history, culture, religion, values and the sense of the world.

For the University of Latvia, these first twenty years have been very dynamic, marked by integration into the international higher education and science system and returning to the global academic community.


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