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News created - 07.08.2014

16th Baltic International Summer School (BISS) 2014 organised by Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences was officially opened during a ceremony on Monday, August 5. Participants were greeted by professors, organizers and guests.

During his speech at the opening ceremony, the rector of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences Dr. Gatis Krūmiņš pointed out that „nowadays it is important to have a list of contacts from all over the world, and this summer school is the perfect place to achieve that”.

Opening words to the BISS participants, lecturers and guests were also given by mayor of Valmiera city Mr. Inesis Boķis and a lecturer and content manager of International Tourism Event Management (ITEM) programme Andris Klepers who joked about the hot weather outside because of the best students who have come here. Speeches were also given by a lecturer from the Faculty of Science and Society Visvaldis Valtenbergs and a guest from the State Education Development Agency Līvija Mačtama.

In the second part of the opening ceremony, summer school participants were introducing themselves and their country. For example, students from Poland pointed out the special taste and quality of their apples, but Turkish students were proud about the beauty of city Kusadasi they are all come from.

Participants are happy to be in Valmiera, although for many of them this is not only the first time to visit Latvia, but also the first time to go abroad. “Baltic International Summer School taking place in Valmiera is not just a place for studies and new knowledge, but also a place to meet different cultures, gain international contacts and share the experiences” says project manager Vineta Pūce.

In the end, a representative from Valmiera museum Indra Vīlistere gave participants a chance to make their own bracelets with Latvian ornaments.

This summer there are two courses happening at the same time: Erasmus IP “Glocalizing Development:  Development Perspectives of Rural Regions and Small Towns in a Globalized World” and “International Tourism Events Management”. Baltic International Summer School is taking place August 3-17 and gathering 51 participants from all over the world. Programme is funded by the, European Commission, Lifelong Learning Programme and Valmiera Town Council.


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