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News created - 07.05.2010

Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (ViA) is actively developing its international activities, and this year Valmiera will host already two 12th Baltic International Summer School programmes – both devoted to topical issues in community and academic research: intercultural communication and environment awareness.

"Baltic International Summer School has always been an important event in the international cooperation of our university. It takes place over twelve consecutive years; therefore the summer school is unique not only in our university, but also in the context of Latvia. We are proud that over time we have developed the scope of activities. This year we can hold already two different summer school programmes, involving not only the various academic disciplines represented by the university staff, but also attracting new partners and participants, even from distant countries such as Tunisia and Egypt” says ViA Rector Dr.hist. Vija Daukste.

The summer school programme "Intercultural Encounters in Eastern Europe and Mediterranean Area" will take place from May 16 to 29. It aims at initiating inter-cultural dialogue and promoting cooperation between Eastern European and Mediterranean countries. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about different cultures and countries representing different aspects of the history, languages, traditional arts, family traditions and business etiquette. Summer school participants are students and lecturers from partnerorganizations in Egypt, Tunisia and Lithuania. This summer school programme is supported by the Anna Lindh Foundation, Ministry of Education and Science and the Soros Foundation - Latvia.

The second summer school programme organized within Erasmus Intensive Programme framework will take place from August 4 to 18. It will be devoted to environmental awareness and communication issues, entitled "Environment Awareness. Communication. Interpretation." This program aims at promoting a sustainable relationship between humans and nature, as well as finding ways of communicating environmental awareness. Project will involve students and lecturers from partneruniversities in Finland, Turkey, the Netherlands and USA. Erasmus Intensive Programme is funded by the European Commission.

About the Baltic International Summer School
So far 361 students from 54 countries have participated in Baltic International Summer School. It is an annual, and one of the most important project for international cooperation at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, promoting  the University, the city of Valmiera and Latvia around the world. This year the summer school will take place already the 12th time. More information on summer school activities can be found at:


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