publication April 20, 2018

World Bank Support to Higher Education in Latvia

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Since 2013, the World Bank has supported the Latvian government through a succession of advisory work focusing on performance at different levels of the higher education sector. An important trigger of the World Bank’s advisory work in higher education were Country Specific Recommendations by the European Commission. The Latvian government was tasked with evaluating its higher education financing system and considering how funding could be used to promote better outcomes.

The World Bank supported the Latvian authorities through two advisory projects, with three phases. The first project was implemented between December 2013 and August 2014 and focused on the development of a performance-based, system-level funding model for the higher education sector. In the summer of 2015, the new financing model was approved by the government and its introduction accompanied by a much-welcomed increase in funding for the higher education sector.

The second project comprised two phases: (1) university-internal higher education funding and governance, which was implemented in 2016–17; and (2) doctorate and human resource policies in 2017–18. The first phase focused on improving funding mechanisms and governance within higher education institutions while the second phase focused on improving academic careers.

Together, the two advisory projects comprehensively supported performance improvements from the system level to individual academic careers.

This publication consists of nine reports in three volumes:

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 Volume 1: System-Level Funding

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This publication focuses on the development of a performance-based, system-level funding model for the higher education sector in Latvia and consists of three reports: i) Higher Education Financing in Latvia: Analysis of Strengths and Weaknesses; ii) Assessment of Current Funding Model’s “Strategic Fit” with Higher Education Policy Objectives; and iii) Higher Education Financing in Latvia: Final Report.

 

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 Volume 2: Internal Funding and Governance

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This publication focuses on the analysis of university-internal higher education funding and governance, which was implemented in 2016-17 in Latvia followed changes at the system-level funding model. It consists of three reports: i) International Trends and Good Practices in Higher Education Internal Funding and Governance; ii) Internal Funding and Governance in Latvian Higher Education Institutions: Status Quo Report; and iii) Internal Funding and Governance in Latvian Higher Education Institutions: Recommendations.

 

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 Volume 3: Academic Careers

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This publication focuses on the analysis of the doctorate and human resource policies in 2017-2018 and on improving academic careers. It consists of three reports: i) Academic Careers: Learning From Good International Practice; ii) Academic Careers In Latvia: Status Quo Report; iii) Academic Careers In Latvia: Recommendations.