Latvijas Privāto Augstskolu Asociācija
About the association

Aldis Baumanis
Chairman of the Association 
of Private universities 

Private higher education – over 20 years of experience
           Starting their development twenty three years ago, after Latvia had regained its independence and the Law on Education was adopted, private institutions of higher education today occupy a significant place in the higher education of Latvia. According to the data of the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia in the academic year 2013/14 over 24 thousand students were studying in private universities. This proves the capability of private higher education to progress during both - fast and slow economic and demographic development periods. Private higher education institutions in Latvia have won people's trust, every year offering a wide range of study options in all regions of Latvia at all study levels, including doctoral studies.
This year prospective students can choose the most suitable studies for them from over one hundred study programmes in different specialization areas as well. The wide range of study programmes, interesting and useful study content, good equipment and modern lecturing methods, growing international cooperation possibilities and many other factors have enhanced the development of private higher education institutions and will ensure their progress in the future.
Among factors that have promoted the development of private higher education, one should point out the connection of private universities with labour market and their concern about the requirements of the labour market. Dynamic in their development and operation, private higher education institutions offer mostly professional higher education. Because of the acquired professional qualification in the relevant field, the diploma of higher professional education offers graduates wide possibilities in labour market.  At the same time there are still options open to continue education in order to get a Master's and afterwards also a Doctor's degree. In the context of the changes currently taking place in higher education all over Europe, the significance of professional higher education increases. The Bologna Process stipulates that every higher education level has to provide an opportunity to acquire qualification that meets the requirements of labour market.
Private higher education institutions continue to develop successfully, despite the unstable public funding for higher education in Latvia. Over the years of existence, private higher education institutions could rely only on their ability to understand the market requirements and the skill to use their financial resources correctly and rationally. This happens to be the same reason why private universities always will be most willing to take into an account students' interests and at the same time monitor changes in the local and international labour markets, thus providing students with an opportunity to acquire competitive education and develop their competences.
A prospective student joining a private university can be sure that: academic personnel and management will do their best to make study process interesting and exciting. While working in a competitive environment, private higher education institutions can teach and train their students to successfully compete in local and international labour markets.
You are welcome to join studies at private universities!

Irina Sennikova

is Rector of “RISEBA” University of Business, Arts and Technology.

Aldis Baumanis

Dr. paed.,, Chairman of the Board of the Turiba University



Marga Živitere
Prof., Dr.oec., acad., expert (Management) Science of Academy Latvia 
Rector ISMA (Information Systems Management Institute)
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