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At the end of November, a decision on accrediting the Management, Administration and Real Estate Management study direction was taken at the meeting of the Study Quality Committee of the Quality Agency for Higher Education. The study direction was accredited for six years, which is the maximum term.

The direction and all six study programmes implemented as part of it have been accredited for the maximum term: three academic bachelor's programmes (International Marketing and Advertising, International Business and Sustainable Economy, and International Business and Start-up Entrepreneurship, which is implemented in English), two professional master's programmes (International Business and Law, and Management of International Marketing and Business), as well as one doctoral study programme (Management Science).

The accreditation process lasted for over a year. According to Romāns Putāns, Head of the Department of International Business and Economics, ‘this proves the strength of our academic team and the professionism of the heads and lecturers of the study programmes.

It once again acknowledges that we are able to offer current and prospective students a high-quality, innovative and creative study environment, where each student receives an individual approach.

The contents are based on research and on practical business. Together with the excellent technological support available at RSU, this enables our students to be one step ahead, providing the ability to adapt to the ever-changing business environment in Latvia and the world and create sustainable business development and professional growth according to their interests.

RSU is the place where future economic and business leaders are created.’

The accreditation experts determined that the study direction’s strengths lie in how relevant the programmes’ outcomes are to the needs of society and the labour market, highlighting the successful and close cooperation with employers and employers' organisations. They also appreciated how actively involved employers were in the implementation of the programmes in all stages, from guest lectures to internship opportunities, as well as the close cooperation with the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In their report, the experts noted that the study programmes have

'a good balance between practice and theory’.

According to experts, RSU has an excellent e-learning environment that includes high-quality recordings of lectures and places a lot of emphasis on academic integrity. The RSU Library also received praise. The group of accreditation experts appreciated the RSU B-Space Business Incubator and highlighted it as being an important and positive platform for students to learn how to implement their business ideas.

The study programmes have also been accredited for implementation in English, as well as for distance learning, which marks the further development of the study direction. Internationalising studies is still important, which can be achieved by building on the successful experience of the International Business and Start-up Entrepreneurship programme, by continuing cooperation with international partners and expanding the involvement of guest lecturers, as well as to enrich RSU lecturers’ international experience.

What RSU has achieved in terms of digital transformation and the high assessment that the e-learning environment received from the accreditation experts inspires confidence that the study direction will be ready for any challenges the university might face post-COVID as they will be able to offer students modern and flexible study opportunities both in person and remotely.