Latvia

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  • Membership in EQAR
    Latvia has been a Governmental Member of EQAR since May 2011.

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  • General information on higher education

    Higher education in Latvia is offered by academies (akadēmijas), universities (universitātes), colleges (koledža) and universities of applied sciences (augstskolas).

    The body overseing the national network of educational institutions, setting the educational standards and determining teacher training content and procedures is the Ministry of Education and Science.

  • National external quality assurance requirements
    • Accreditation of study directions (groups of study programmes in a field or discipline)
      for 6 years, 2 years or 0 years with different conditions attached. In Latvia the study programmes are grouped into 29 study directions – these refer to thematic groups of study programmes within each HEI.

    • Accreditation of an institution of higher education or college
      Higher education institutions are accredited under this process for an indefinite term. Extraordinary or exceptional accreditation of a HEI can also be initiated in cases where there is a violation of law/regulatory acts.

    • Licensing of study programme
      grants rights to a higher education institution or its branches to implement a new study programme.

  • Cross-border quality assurance

    In Latvia higher education institutions may choose a suitable EQAR-registered agency.

    In August 2017 Latvian government has approved an amendment to the Law on HEIs (ratified by the Latvian parliament in 2018) to allow EQAR-registered agencies to carry out external QA within the country.

    • Eligibility requirements for foreign agencies: Registration on EQAR is sufficient.

    • Conditions for the agencies’ work (e.g. criteria to be used): The higher education institution or college has to inform the Academic Information Center (AIC) within 10 working days of its submission for a cross-border accreditation. The Agency shall ensure that the study direction is assessed in accordance with the national requirements as specified in the Law On Institutions of Higher Education (see Chapter IV and V) i.e. nomination of a minimum of five experts; including observers from the student and trade union; use of the evaluation scale (excellent, good, mediocre, unsatisfactory) etc.

    • Recognition of reviews carried out by foreign agencies: The higher education institution or college shall submit the assessment of the study direction to the Committee for the Accreditation of Studies, who will make the final decision (to accept or refuse) the accreditation of the study direction.

    Read more: countries where higher education institutions may choose a suitable EQAR-registered agency

  • European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes

    In Latvia the European Approach is not available to higher education institutions.

    Read more: countries where the European Approach is available to higher education institutions

  • Further information

Registered agencies operating in Latvia