The study visit to the University of Latvia (Riga) on 22-25 August 2023 was incredibly warm and emotionally exciting because it happened during the days of celebration of Ukrainian Flag Day and the 32nd Anniversary of the Independence of Ukraine.

The rector of the University I. Muižnieks,  invited the “University-Communities: Strengthening Cooperation” Erasmus+ project team and expressed support to the Ukrainian people, as well as the encouragement of further cooperation in spheres of improvement of Higher education, voicing the social significance of the project.

The Ambassador of Ukraine to the Republic of Latvia, Anatolii Kutsevol, highlighted the necessity of cooperation with the community and further improvement of Ukrainian higher education despite the war. Also, during the meeting, it was notified of the outstanding role of the Universities in maintaining relations between Ukraine and Latvia.

The study visit was organized by the Faculty of Business, Management and Economics of the University of Latvia. In virtue of the perfect organization of the study visit events by the project manager Baiba Šavriņa, participants had the opportunity to discuss during workshops the cooperation with social partners in the implementation of the Third Mission of the University, the system and criteria of the Third Mission evaluation, as well as its accreditation.

Extremely informative and interesting was a meeting in the Parliament with the Deputy Speaker and Member of the Parliament of Latvia Dr. Z.Kalniņa-Lukaševica.

As a consequence of productive work, all participants of the study visit received invaluable knowledge and impressions regarding the cooperation of the university and social partners. The mechanism of national regulation of the Third mission of the university in Latvia can be used by Ukrainian universities with certain adjustments to Ukrainian realities.