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Reducing study programme fragmentation and promoting study internationalisation 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
Santa Bartuševiča,  Dagnija Briede
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 (academic masters’ programme);
  3. Russia and Eurasia 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

RSU Visiting Lecturer and Entrepreneur Sergejs Jakimovs: Start-Ups are the Backbone of Modern Economy (10.03.2020)

Iepazīt nākotnes profesiju, mācībspēkus un studentus: RSU aicina uz izstādi "Skola" (24.02.2020) – in Latvian only

Independent Experts Evaluate New RSU Business Studies Programme (10.02.2020)

RSU Develops International Business Studies Programme (9.01.2020)

RSU to offer a new business and start-up study programme in English (30.10.2019)

RSU Receives Funding to Develop Six New Study Programmes (22.05.2019)

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.

Posted 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.

Posted on 22 November 2019

Project news – 21 February 2020

The development of the study course description for the professional master’s study programme Biostatistics is ongoing, as well as work on improving the programme’s objectives. The programme’s materials are currently being developed and documentation is being updated, as part of a study programme comparison. The head of the study programme has submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Welfare regarding including Biostatistician as a new profession in the occupation classification system. 

RSU is also currently working on introducing the International Business and Start-up Entrepreneurship bachelor's study programme. A meeting of licensing experts from the Academic Information Centre took place on 6 February and as a result it was decided that the study programme would be licensed, provided that the title of the study programme was changed to International Business and Start-up Entrepreneurship. Information on the new study programme will also be available at the International Education Exhibition “Skola”.

Negotiations have started on initiating the Transition and Russia Studies academic master’s study programme, and developing a joint Economic Security professional Master’s study programme.

Posted on 21 February 2020


The academic bachelor's study programme International Business and Start-up Entrepreneurship, that was created during the project, has been licensed. The degree that can be obtained – a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Administration. RSU will receive a license within ten working days and the Management, Administration and Real Estate Management study direction will seek accreditation.

Updated on 25 February 2020

Project news – 27 February 2020

The International Business and Start-up Entrepreneurship programme’s website has been created and the programme has been included in the RSU catalogue of undergraduate programmes.

Posted on 2 March 2020

Project news – 22 May 2020

During the development of the study programme a decision was made to change the type of the Biostatistics master’s study programme from a professional to an academic programme. Thus, students will obtain a degree rather than a professional qualification upon graduation: Master's Degree of Natural Sciences. The Ministry of Welfare of the Republic of Latvia has included the new profession of Biostatistician in the occupation classification system, but many steps must still be taken in order to implement the new profession. A decision was therefore made within the study programme's development group, to initially develop the study programme as an academic programme, thereby gradually developing the capacity of the teaching staff and enabling the industry to develop. The development of the study programme is in its final stages wherein possible companies for placements  are being identified, the programme description is being created. The training materials are ready and course descriptions have been added to the system and are currently being translated.

Having obtained the license, work on the International Business and Start-up Entrepreneurship academic bachelor's study programme continues and the adjustments mentioned in the licensing experts' decision are being made. Particular attention is paid to the incorporation of e-courses into the system, the ability to deliver studies remotely, accreditation documentation is being improved, and work is underway on the planning and implementation of a marketing strategy.

In April, work started on developing the Transition and Russia Studies academic master’s study programme by attracting lecturers from Estonia and Germany.

RSU has started to develop a new professional master’s study programme implemented jointly with Daugavpils University - Economic Security.

Posted on 22 May 2020

Project news – 21 August 2020

RSU and Daugavpils University have jointly started to develop a new professional Master’s study programme - Economic Security. A working grou consisting of local and foreign experts has been created, for the development of the programme. 

The study programme's objectives and aims have been defined and the potential study courses and study course planning for full-time studies have been developed. Consultations with students regarding the content of the study programme have begun and recommendations have been received. Possible lecturers have been identified and information is being gathered regarding their involvement in the preparation of the study course descriptions.

The promotion of the licensed programme International Business and Start-up Entrepreneurship is ongoing and final work is being carried out on accreditation documents and preparations for the administrative opening of the programme. Development of cooperation with IBSE partners in Latvia and abroad, including guest-lecturing and planning Brussels Week for the following year.

RSU has started working on developing the academic master’s study programme Transition and Russia Studies, but the title of the study programme has been changed to Russia and Eurasia studies. During the initial stage of development, cooperation was created between two foreign experts on geographical scope, methodological framework and the possible content of the programme, based on the experience of Estonian and German experts. The potential developers of the course descriptions, as well as lecturers from Latvia and abroad have been addressed, and currently the study programme is being developed and mapped.

Work on the Biostatistics programme has been finalised until accreditation, and after the summer break, the programme is going to be submitted to licensing documentation independent experts. 

Posted on 21 August 2020

Project news – 20 November 2020

The professional Economic Security master's study programme is being developed jointly with Daugavpils University. The authors of the study courses have been determined and the development of study course descriptions has begun. An agreement has been reached with the State Revenue Service and the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Latvia on concluding a cooperation agreement in the professional Economic Security master's study programme. Work has begun on a programme description and meetings and discussions are being held with students on the programme’s contents.

Work continues on the development of the academic Russia and Eurasia Studies master's study programme. Study course descriptions have been developed and will be submitted to an independent documentation licensing expert for evaluation. The study programme was discussed with employer and student representatives. The comparison of the programme description with similar programmes has been conceptually completed, letters of support have been obtained, and other institutions’ opinions have been collected.

Work has begun on the Medical Science doctoral study programme. Descriptions of the study programme have been developed and the programme’s content framework has been updated. There has been a meeting with lecturers on the harmonisation of the study courses within the doctoral study programme. Communication is underway about the programme description and the development of course materials.

Approbation of the International Business and Start-up Entrepreneurship (IBSE) academic bachelor's study programme has begun. Work on the development of a combined distance learning and regular study plan has been completed, which has been changed into a distance learning plan. Work continues on improving the e-learning environment and cooperation in the implementation of the study programme.

The prepared licensing documentation of the Biostatistics study programme has been evaluated by an independent expert and the study programme will be submitted for licensing.