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Enviado - 20 abril 2008 :  19:23:58  Mostrar perfil  Responder con Cita
Lettonie: le russe banni des universités privées

RIA Novosti, Moscou
15/ 04/ 2008

RIGA, 15 avril - RIA Novosti. -- Le gouvernement letton a adopté mardi une version amendée de la Loi sur l'éducation interdisant l'usage d'une langue non officielle dans les écoles supérieures privées du pays, a déclaré à RIA Novosti un représentant du ministère letton de l'Education nationale.

Il y a deux ans, le cabinet des ministres de Lettonie avait décrété la fermeture de tous les programmes de formation en russe dans les établissements d'enseignement supérieur publics.

La nouvelle version de la loi comporte une réserve, autorisant l'enseignement dans une langue autre que le letton, à condition qu'il s'agisse d'une langue officielle de l'UE. Ce qui exclut donc le russe de l'enseignement supérieur.

La nouvelle loi devrait frapper avant tout l'Académie internationale balte et l'Institut des transports et des télécommunications, deux grandes écoles supérieures privées où les cours sont dispensés en russe.


Editado por - alazaro a las 16 mayo 2008 19:48:22


Envíos 10057

Enviado - 27 noviembre 2008 :  01:12:01  Mostrar perfil  Responder con Cita
Latvian educational system influenced by U.S., speaker says

By Gillian Losh

The Latvian Minister of Education spoke at Linderman Library on Wednesday about the challenges and rewards of educational freedom and reform in the post-Soviet nation of Latvia.

Dr. Tatjana Coke spoke in the lecture hosted by the Comparative and International Education Program.

Coke said educational traditions of the former Soviet Union made it difficult for Latvia to change education.

"Change is not so quick as we envisioned when starting the reforms," Coke said.

Years of an educational system based on centralization, authoritarianism and ideological indoctrination have caused reforms to take longer to show results than expected, but accomplishments have been made, Coke said.

Traveling to the United States as a student in 1989 gave Coke first hand experience with "quality of life," she said, an ideal that was widely absent in Latvia at the time. In the U.S., she saw education centered on students' interests, as opposed to the traditionally structured lecture-style teaching in Soviet schools.

"It was just a dogmatic way of teaching, mostly based on good memory," Coke said about education in Latvia before independence. After returning to Latvia, Coke began to question the way Latvian schools were being run.

The importance of "quality of life" has given way to new educational reforms in Latvia that foster decentralization and also work to balance freedom with responsibility, according to Coke.

"Freedom is about widening your own capacities," Coke said.

Iveta Silova, professor of comparative and international education, who is also Latvian, said she sees Coke as a mentor. Silova said that in former Socialist regions education plays an important role in democracy.

"It's a very unique and exciting opportunity to have her here as the Minister of Education," Silova said.

While at Lehigh, Coke spoke with Lehigh officials about how to improve financing of higher education in Latvia.

Coke called Latvia a country with "no resources but human resources." The goals for the future of the Latvian Ministry of Education include using these human resources to increase talent, technology and tolerance, Coke said. However, Latvia faces the problem of insufficient financing.

Despite the challenges faced in the Latvian educational system, Coke said Latvia hopes to use education to produce individuals with strong personalities who can develop a society that will be beneficial for all.

"We live in a very, very uncertain world. Education has to give people ways to confront these challenges," Coke said.

Ciara Lowery, '09, who attended the lecture said she found Coke's speech interesting and inspiring.

"This got me interested in going into educational policy," Lowery said.

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Enviado - 29 marzo 2009 :  23:44:10  Mostrar perfil  Responder con Cita
President of Rectors Council of Latvia: already now the situation in the sector
of higher education is critical

Aleksandra Bogdanova, Riga

More cuts on funding for the higher education sector in Latvia would be a clear signal for youth to choose to study abroad, believes rector of the BA School of Business and Finance and President of Rectors Council of Latvia Tatjana Volkova.

No official decisions on reducing funding for the higher education have been officially announced so far, but in connection with the expected cuts for Education and Science Ministry's programs, several universities are uncertain about their future and express concerns that their budgets could be significantly curbed, informs LETA.

Tatjana Volkova underlines that members of the Rectors Council deem reduced financial resources for universities unacceptable: "The bottom line has been reached and funding can be reduced no further; the state must have higher education institutions that prepare experts in the fields of linguists, culture experts, musicians, police officers, physicists, chemists and defense specialists," she emphasizes, "already now the situation in the sector of higher education is critical; yet another reduction of funding would be a clear signal for young people to go study abroad, as, for example, in the Scandinavian countries, the higher education is free of charge."

As the rector points out, already now Scandinavians are active in Latvian market, attracting students for their universities.

Education budget cuts would means also leaving a number of university professors without jobs. "The government should think about the long-term effects and realize that universities raise competitiveness of the state," Volkova underlines.

Rectors' demands for the new government remain as before - to renew at least 50 percent state support for research work in universities, to pass the Higher Education Law as soon as possible and to ensure universities' openness to foreign students.

The new prime minister Valdis Dombrovskis (New Era) had planned to hear out members of the Rectors Council, however, eventually the meeting was cancelled. Still, the rectors hope that it could take place in near future.

This past Wednesday, Education and Science Minister Tatjana Koke (Union of Greens and Farmers) reached an agreement with Prime Minister designate Valdis Dombrovskis (New Era) on reducing funding for education and science sector by a total of LVL 46 million. Out of the 46 million, LVL 34 million will be saved by canceling earmarked subsidies for local governments, and LVL 12 million by altering education programs.

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Enviado - 01 agosto 2009 :  21:21:37  Mostrar perfil  Responder con Cita
Diena - Letonia
¿Historia de Letonia como asignatura propia?


El periódico Diena celebra la idea de introducir Historia de Letonia como una nueva materia independiente: "Naturalmente, no existe una Historia de Letonia exclusiva, pues nuestra Historia está íntimamente ligada a la de nuestros respectivos vecinos. La Historia de Letonia no puede disociarse de la del imperio ruso (en sus dos variantes), de la de Suecia o Polonia. Pero un énfasis adecuado en relación con Letonia podría proporcionar a los alumnos mayores posibilidades de comprender los hechos y procesos importantes para nuestro país. [...] Sin duda se objetará que en una asignatura independiente de Historia de Letonia se repetirían inevitablemente algunos puntos: tanto en el dominio sueco como en el de la España católica se quemaron brujas en Livonia. Con todo, una nueva mención o el trazado de paralelismos no deben llevar a repeticiones necesariamente: en ese sentido, se requiere sobre todo el talento pedagógico del docente."

Artículo completo (en letón): http://www.diena.lv/lat/politics/dienas_komentari/askolds-rodins-vesture-pamatskola
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