Swiss lecturing activities in Latvia

Project completed

With this programme, Switzerland helps strengthening Latvian education and science sectors as well as competitiveness of Latvian academic community. This will be reached with lecturing activities as well as joint Swiss – Latvian educational projects in all thematic fields, which Latvia considers appropriate.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Promoting economic growth and improving working conditions
Research and Development
01.06.2011 - 30.09.2015
CHF  216’212

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.


Enhancement of higher education and science systems is considered as a priority for the recovery of national economy in Latvia, a country that has no natural resources but intellectual values. Therefore, Latvia is simultaneously working on promoting new technologies and products, creating environment for innovative activities, stimulating growth of intellectual potential for scientific work and encouraging young people to take up research careers thus enhancing the Baltic Education Area. Since Switzerland is internationally recognized for its higher education system in science, technology and research, Switzerland is requested to bring in fresh views and ideas in curricula. The long-term benefit from Project lays in the preparation of qualified specialists that meet the demands and development tendencies of the national economy.


The overall objective of Project is to develop and strengthen the potential of the Latvian higher education institutions through an enhanced access to a high-quality education and research. Through visits of Swiss lecturers to Latvia, the project aims at establishing sustainable partnerships between the higher education and research institutions in Switzerland and Latvia in the form of ongoing contacts and collaboration that will also contribute to improving the curricula.

Target groups

Higher education institutions in Latvia (students and academic staff)


The programme envisages: 1) organisation of short-term visits of Swiss lecturers to do lecturing in higher education institutions of Latvia; 2) organisation of short-term visits of Swiss researchers to share research experience with Latvian science institutions; and 3) organisation of short-term visits of Swiss academic staff to share their experience in improving curricula.


Achieved results:  

  • 92 times Swiss Professors / Researchers have taught in Latvian universities
  • 14 continuing partnerships between Swiss and Latvian universities have been established
  • 6’500 students and academic staff members have attended lectures given by Swiss researchers
  • Activities of Swiss researchers have resulted in 6 international scientific publications
  • 12 synergy cases between the Sciex NMS and Swiss Researchers project have been reported

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
Foreign state institution
  • National State Institute North

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    216’212 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    210’295
Project phases

Phase 1 01.06.2011 - 30.09.2015   (Completed)