Centre for Diaspora and Migration Research conducts a study on educational choices among Latvians globally

The University of Latvia Centre for Diaspora and Migration Research is carrying out a study on how people who live outside Latvia make decisions about their personal and their children’s education - how they choose where to study, and whether they see Latvia as a potential destination for studies. Researchers invite youth of Latvian descent who live in different countries and are studying or consider doing it, as well as parents of children aged 10 to 25, to participate in this research.

Are you

  • a young person of Latvian descent who live in different countries and are studying or consider doing it, or
  • parents of children aged 10 to 25?

We invite you to participate in this research by taking a survey available until November 20.

Results of this survey will inform about educational experience of current and potential students living outside Latvia. It will help to understand how to improve educational offer of Latvian vocational schools, colleges and universities. In order to find out what is the current offer for Latvian nationals who live and pursue education in different countries, this research also includes a survey of vocational and higher education institutions in Latvia. Data from both surveys will indicate possible solutions for improving the supply and attractiveness of vocational and higher education in Latvia.

In the context of unfavorable demographic situation in Latvia and constantly growing global competition for students, country nationals living abroad can be an attractive group of potential students. However, previous studies by the University of Latvia Centre for Diaspora and Migration Research show that only a few of Latvia’s vocational and higher education institutions identify the diaspora as a pool of potential applicants and think about how to attract them. This situation is partly due to the lack of data about educational interests among diaspora youth in general, and their thoughts about education in Latvia specifically. Evidence obtained in the current study will address these gaps in knowledge and open up a dialogue about the vocational and higher education opportunities in Latvia for youth of Latvian descent from other countries.

The research results will be freely available at diaspora.lu.lv.

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