Andrés Guzmán Díaz comes from Jalisco, Mexico. He had never visited any of the Baltic States and this is his first time in Latvia. Andrés is studying for master’s degree at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences and has been living in Latvia for six months already. He believes that Valmiera is a good place to live in and would love to stay here in the future if the opportunity arises.
At the end of last year, Alvis Sokolovs took up the post of Dean of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences Faculty of Engineering. We met to talk about the priorities and goals of the new dean at the university, find out his opinion about the role of higher education today, and discover the sources of energy and joy in the daily hurry of the dean.
Considering the decisions made by the responsible authorities, a state of emergency has been issued in Latvia until April 14. Consequently, all on-site lessons have been cancelled from March 13 until April 14 and the study process will take place using the available digital platforms of the university. All other internal processes of the university must be implemented remotely.
Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (ViA) is a state higher education institution, which offers 16 study programmes at the Faculty of Society and Science and the Faculty of Engineering. ViA offers high-quality and flexible study programmes that successfully balance theory and practice. These are adapted to the current needs of society and changes in the labour market. The quality of the studies is ensured by experienced and professional teaching staff, advanced study methods, as well as by students who know what they want to achieve and how to succeed.
With a population of around 25 thousand, Valmiera is the heart of Vidzeme region. The northern gateway to Gauja National Park delights visitors with its beautiful nature and its cultural and historic monuments, along with hosting interesting cultural and sport events, and providing breathtaking stories and legends. Valmiera also offers various study programs at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences.
Latvia is part of European Union and offers world class education in different study fields – Engineering, Medicine, Business, Tourism, Public Relations, Banking, Nature Sciences and Social Sciences. Latvia offers modern and safe study environment; internationally recognized academic staff; very competitive tuition fees, reasonable living costs and the degrees obtained in Latvia are recognized in all European Union countries.
The focus of Higher education in Latvia is on interactive learning and practical experience.