Posts tagged ‘Latvia’

37. Jānis Krastiņš, professor. Latvian Architecture – the Pride of Latvia.

Since time immemorial, houses have been built in Latvia with their architectural quality often rivaling that of the world renowned masterpieces of architecture. People from all over the world come to admire Riga. There is a lot to see, especially in the historic centre of the city which in 1997 was inscribed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. Its largest value is the unique Art Nouveau architecture created in the early 20th century when a new generation of architects began working in Riga. The young architects acquired their professional education at Riga Polytechnic Institute where the school of architecture was opened in 1869. It is not an exaggeration to say that Riga was built by the Latvians.

The same school of architecture in Riga, which today is the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at Riga Technical University, maintains the traditions of architectural education that have been established more than 140 years ago. The majority of architects practicing in Riga and in other cities of Latvia are the graduates of the local university. That is why the school bears great responsibility for the processes going on in Latvian architecture.

The real high-quality architecture does not attract attention with its unusual and vainglorious image or originality created for the sake of originality, but with a proper artistic composition that perfectly fits in the urban context, creating a harmonious balance and clearly perceivable references to the surrounding environment. Over the last few years several such regard-deserving buildings have indeed been built.


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32. Adrians Davis, Chairman of the Board, Joint Stock Company Latvijas Gaze.


Our objective is to strengthen JSC Latvijas Gāze’s position as a leader in the Latvian fuel market, by increasing the availability of natural gas, promoting the variety of its consumption, and ensuring Latvia with one of the most stable natural gas supplies in Europe.


Our vision is to transform Latvia into one of Europe’s largest natural-gas storage centers, utilizing our country’s unique geological formations.

Our mission is to contribute to the Baltic region’s economy, by ensuring the safety of energy supply, the development of the sector, and competitive pricing.


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29. Agency Tria Robit, Take the New Silk Road.

Today the road runs through Latvia, a land by the Baltic Sea. Here the interests of Great Powers have intersected over the centuries. But now, disproving Kipling’s claim, East and West do meet here, yet still keeping their old selves. Multilingual and multireligious yet moderate, tranquil yet tuned in, resilient yet resistant, warm though at times quite cool. Like silk. Latvia offers a cordial environment for East and West to meet. Like its predecessor, the New Silk Road promotes cultural and technological exchange between East and West. But this New Silk Road, like that of old, is not free of dangers. Danger still exists – though metaphorically – of a fatal fall in a mountain chasm, or of hitting a rock or meeting pirates at sea.


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28. Boriss Misnevs, Rector of Transport and Telecommunication Institute. Transport and Telecommunication Institute.

Transport and Telecommunication Institute was established in September 1999 as a non-state higher education institution and grew itself from the Riga Aviation University (RAU), which replaced the original Aircraft Technical School, founded in 1919. TTI as a modern-day Institute has became one of the biggest educational institutions in Latvia, but still takes great pride in its reputation among students for the friendliness and approachability of its staff, and for the provision of a well-structured and supportive learning environment. TTI has passed State Accreditation procedure in 2001 and obtained unlimited accreditation term.

TTI offers a wide range of part-time and full-time study opportunities, including distance learning, and encourage applications from students with different and diverse backgrounds. Our taught courses and research work are designed to relate theoretical study to real life situations so that they combine an academic with a vocational approach.  Our aim is to provide students with world-class, job-ready skills for career success.

Transport and Telecommunication Institute nowadays is one of the biggest private higher educational establishments in Latvia. TTI has been included into the Training Directory of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), thus TTI diploma is acknowledged by the leading companies all over the world. TTI supports ISO 9001 compliant Quality Management System since 2008.


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27. Juris Skujāns, Rector of the Latvia University of Agriculture. University Working in the Largest Baltic Palace.

            Latvia University of Agriculture (LLU) is an independent legal, autonomous entity with self-governance rights and its main goal is to provide students with knowledge in academic and professional higher education, develop science and culture, promote intellectual potential in Latvia, and especially for a sustainable development of the Latvian countryside. LLU mission is to become a modern and internationally recognized university which actively joins the European higher education and science arena.

            In order to reach its goal, there are nine faculties with more than 70 accredited different level study programs. There is a statement that LLU offers the largest number of study programs among the related higher education institutions in the Baltic and Nordic countries. LLU is the third largest public university in Latvia, with more than 6000 students, including 200 doctoral students.



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26. Leonids Ribickis, Rector of RTU. Riga Technical University.

Riga Technical University is the first technical university in the Baltic countries – its history dates back to 1862 when Riga Politechnical Institute was founded. Professor Wilhelm Ostwald, the founder of physical chemistry and Nobel Prize winner, Professor Paul Walden, who made significant research in organic chemistry and electro chemistry, and many other academics have made the name of Riga Politechnical Institute well-known all over Europe.

Today Riga Technical University is an accredited internationally recognised European university comprising 8 faculties and 35 institutes. It is the second largest university in Latvia by number of students and has the greatest number of state funded students. It provides internationally highly evaluated, accredited bachelor, master and doctoral study programmes in Engineering Sciences, Technologies, Architecture, Natural and Environmental Sciences and Engineering Economics.


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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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22. Dagnija Baltiņa, Secretary General, Latvian National Commission for UNESCO. Values of Latvia of the World Significance.

In 2011 Latvia is celebrating 20 years since joining the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Joining UNESCO soon after the reestablishment of the independent state of Latvia, has had a lasting impact on the development of fruitful international cooperation as well as national and local undertakings in Latvia within the sphere of culture and nature preservation, scientific research initiatives, sustainable and inclusive education programs and activities, as well as management of rapid changes in use of information technologies and advancement of Latvia’s information society. The largest benefit of joining UNESCO has been an enriching processes of strengthening the sense and deep appreciation of Latvian values, maintained by Latvian people and presented to the international community.

Values of Latvia of the world significance represent the diversity and wealth of the natural, cultural and social environment in Latvia which is essential in ensuring harmonious and peaceful development and quality of the life of society. These values form the basis which constantly reminds us of the humanistic rather than materialistic aspects of life of Latvian people concerned with freedom, creativity, and dignity.

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19. Zaiga Krišjāne,professor LU, Pēteris Šķiņķis, professor LU. Urban system and development in Latvia.

Latvia is 64,000 km2 in size, with 2.25 million residents.  Of these, 69% reside in cities.  This level of urbanisation has stabilised over the last few decades, despite fundamental changes in population numbers and growth rate structures. Latvia’s network of cities has served as the framework for the settlement pattern of the nation.  Latvia’s cities are fairly evenly distributed; there are 1.2 cities  per 1,000 km2 of territory.  The average distance among the country’s 76 cities is twenty-six kilometres.

Latvia is administratively divided into 5 regions and 118 local municipalitieties.  9 national cities have their own municipal administrations:  Rīga (the capital of Latvia), Liepāja, Daugavpils, Jelgava, Rēzekne, Ventspils, Jūrmala, Jēkabpils and Valmiera.  Sixty seven of the Latvias’s urban centres (cities and towns) are municipal centres and house the administrative authorities for their respective surrounding rural areas. Seventeen cities sustain role of a development centres of regional level .

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18. VEXOIL Bunkering Ltd.

We would like to introduce you our company – “VEXOIL Bunkering” Ltd, which is one of the leading bunkering companies in Riga port, Latvia. Our company was found in August of 2003 as the result of significant changes in mother company “LIDONAFTA”. Company’s bunkering department started its operation in 1997 and in 2003 it was decided to establish a new independent bunkering company.

Our team have been successfully developing business and presence in bunkering market at Riga Port through years. This gave us the possibility to build a new and technologically modern oil terminal in the territory of Riga Port in 2003. This terminal has been successfully launched in September, 2003. This gave us opportunity to increase our product turnover four times in a couple of months, and we are searching for new contacts and customers, because our human and technological resources are far from the limit.

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