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Reducing study programme fragmentation and promoting the internationalisation of studies at Rīga Stradiņš University

Project/agreement No.
Project funding
597 348.54 EUR, including 507746.26 EUR ESF co-funding and 89602.28 EUR public funding
Project manager
 Dagnija Briede, Santa Bartuševiča
Project realization
01.05.2019. - 30.11.2023.


The aim of the project is to increase the competitiveness in the supply of study programmes at Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) on the international education market by focusing and sharing resources, reducing the fragmentation of study programmes and developing new, modern, interdisciplinary study programmes that meet the requirements of the Latvian and European labour market.


RSU has drafted a plan for the development and consolidation of study programmes in cooperation with industry experts, and by involving academic staff, general staff and student representatives. The Study Programme Development and Consolidation Assessment Board of the Ministry of Education and Science has coordinated the development of six new study programmes at RSU:

  1. International Business and Start-up Entrepreneurship (academic bachelors’ programme);
  2. Biostatistics (professional masters’ programme);
  3. Transition and Russia Studies (academic masters’ programme);
  4. Economic Security (joint professional masters’ programme);
  5. Social Sciences (doctoral programme);
  6. Medicine and Health Sciences (doctoral programme).

The development of these new study programmes contributes to the broadening of the internationally competitive education offered at RSU by strengthening the fields of study that have the greatest potential for growth.

All newly created study programmes will be implemented by strategically cooperating with Latvian and international institutions of higher education, thus reducing the fragmentation of the study programmes, promoting international cooperation and sharing resources. It is intended for the doctoral study programmes to share resources among several study programmes implemented by RSU in this way creating research-based doctoral study programmes.

Project activities and deliverables
No.Project activityResultNumerical result
1.The development and licensing of new study programmes and joint PhDs in European Union languagesStudy programmes developed and licensed6Licensed study programmes
2.International publicity for the new study programmes developed within the projectStudy programmes received international publicity1Set of events
2.1Participation in international education exhibitions6 study programmes presented4Exhibitions
2.2Posting on international student recruitment websitesInformation about newly created study programmes published internationally3Publicity
2.3Publication of booklets and posters as well as a concept development serviceBooklets and posters published3Agreements
3.Information and publicity events on the implementation of the projectPublicity activities of the project implemented1Set of events
4.Approbation of new study programmes and joint PhDs in European Union languagesStudy programmes approbated6Approbated study programmes
5.Accreditation of study programmes developed within the project by EQARPrograms accredited in relative fields6Study programmes
6.Project management and project implementationProject implemented1Project

Project news

Project news – 22 August 2019

Riga Stradiņš University has started work on the development of new study programmes. The first study programme is the International Business and Start-up Entrepreneurship academic bachelors’ degree programme. In June, a second meeting was held with the lecturers involved during which the programme was interactively mapped, the content of the study programme was also reviewed and possible outcomes of the study course were discussed. Lecturers also shared their experience on innovative study methods and discussed various aspects of implementing the study programme. It is planned that the study programme will be developed until the end of August followed by a specialised course description examination carried out by industry and international specialists.

From September 2019 work on developing the Biostatistics masters’ study programme will start. Several meetings with international colleagues took place in the first half of 2019, before the project began to be developed, in order to prepare for the study programme development.

Published on 22 August 2019

Project news – 22 November 2019

Riga Stradiņš University is continuing its work on developing new study programmes.

The development phase of the International Business and Start-up Entrepreneurship academic bachelors’ programme has been completed and the programme was approved by the RSU Senate at the end of October with a statement by independent experts.

The content of the new programme was presented and discussed at the end of October in the presence of university management, programme lecturers, visiting professors, entrepreneurs and representatives of organisations that participated in the creation and evaluation of the programme (article on RSU website - "RSU will offer a new business and start-up business study programme in English"). The event was also streamed online, providing access for those unable to attend.

In September the Biostatistics professional masters’ study programme began to be developed. Since the start, several meetings have been held with international colleagues to discuss and agree on the content of the programme and the outcomes to be achieved.

Published on 22 November 2019