Events

Focus on Performance – Five Years of World Bank Support to Latvian Higher Education Reforms

April 23-24, 2018

Riga, 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.

Two events are being held: 

April 23, 2018: Focus on Performance – Five Years of World Bank Support to Latvian Higher Education Reforms – Closing Event

April 24, 2018: Regional Roundtable on Internationalization in Higher Education

  • Focus on Performance – Five Years of World Bank Support to Latvian Higher Education Reforms – Closing Event

    DATE: April 23, 2018

    LOCATION: George Soros Auditorium, Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Strelnieku Street 4a, Riga, Latvia

    AGENDA:

    12.15 – 13.00   Registration.

    13.00 – 13.15   Opening of the Conference.

                                   Līga Lejiņa, State Secretary, MoES and Cristian Aedo,

                                   Manager, The World Bank

    13.15 – 14.15   Session 1: “Financing and Governance”

                                   Chair: Nina Arnhold, Senior Education Specialist,

                                   The World Bank                              

    14.15 – 14.35   Questions and Answers.

                                   Chair: Jānis Vētra, Chairman of the Council of Higher Education

    14.35 – 15.05   Coffee/tea break

    15.05 – 16.20   Session 2: “Academic Careers”

                                   Chair: Agrita Kiopa, Deputy State Secretary, MoES

    16.20 – 16.50   Questions and Answers.

                                    Chair: Jānis Vētra, Chairman of the Council of Higher Education

    16.50 – 17.00   Key Learnings, Next Steps and Closure of the Event

                                   Nina Arnhold, Senior Education Specialist, The World Bank

                                   Agrita Kiopa, Deputy State Secretary, MoES

    *The working languages of the Conference are English and Latvian. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in these languages

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    Regional Roundtable on Internationalization in Higher Education

    DATE: April 24, 2018

    LOCATION: Riga Graduate School of Law, 2nd floor, Strelnieku Street 4k-2, Riga, Latvia

    AGENDA:

    9.00 – 9.15      Registration; coffee/tea

    9.15 – 9.30      Welcome

                              Līga Lejiņa, State Secretary, MoES, Latvia

                              Carlos Pinerua, Country Manager for Poland and the Baltic States,

                              The World Bank

    9.30 – 10.30    Introduction – where do we stand

                               Nina Arnhold, Senior Education Specialist, The World Bank

    10.30 – 11.00   Internationalizationa global perspective on challenges and opportunities

                               Jamil Salmi, Global Tertiary Education Expert

    11.00 – 11.30    Coffee/tea break

    11.20 – 13.50    Internationalization – from challenge to opportunity

                                Lauritz Holm-Nielsen, President of EuroScience and Rector

                                Emeritus of Aarhus University, Denmark

                                Tiina Vihma-Purovaara, Senior Ministerial Advisor,

                                MESC (video) / Jussi Kivisto, Adjunct Professor, University of Tampere, Finland

                                Stefan Bienefeld, Head of Division, Development Cooperation

                                and Transregional Programs, DAAD, Germany

                                Alessia Pozzi, Manager, Unity through Knowledge Fund, Croatia

    13.50 – 14.00    Key Learnings, next steps and closure

                                Agrita Kiopa, Director, MoES

                                Nina Arnhold, Senior Education Specialist, The World Bank

    *The working language of the Round Table is English.