Latvian Minister of Education and Science will Open 10th Baltic International Summer School

Valmiera (Latvia), July 31, 2008. – This Saturday, August 2 at 19:00 Latvian Minister of Education and Science Tatjana Koke will open 10th Baltic International Summer School organized by Vidzeme University and the anniversary photography exhibition “Ten Great Summers”, capturing most memorable moments of past summer schools. This year 31 participants from 14 countries have arrived for the summer school.

“I am pleased that Ministry of Education and Science has had a wonderful opportunity of being together with the Baltic International Summer School for all 10 years as a supporter of this event, which has become a tradition. The summer school confirms once again the dynamic and openness of the university that is especially significant for the higher education of Latvia, diversification and promotion of programs beyond the borders of our country,” says Minister Koke.

With the opening activities, 10th Baltic International Summer School will start in Valmiera and later continue in Daugavpils (Latvia), Narva (Estonia) and Zarasai (Lithuania). The focus of this year’s summer school will be “Communication. Technologies. Integration.” The school will conclude on August 17.

31 journalism, public relations, new media, mass communication students from the 14 countries – United States, Mexico, Japan, China, Palestinian National Authority, Georgia, Portugal, Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, Belarus, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia – will participate in the summer school. Overall Vidzeme University received summer school applications from 137 motivated communication students, representing 34 countries.

Furthermore this year Baltic International Summer School will feature 16 lecturers from 8 countries, representing United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Finland, Poland, Estonia and Latvia.

This year’s focus of the summer school is twofold: the change of communication in the presence of new communication technologies and the use of new technologies to promote consolidation of society. The summer school will be both theoretical and practical. Students will have lectures and practical workshops where they will learn to use new tools to tell stories about various aspects of social integration. Besides lectures and workshops, participants will also have a chance to see several newspaper offices and meet with Latvian-, Estonian- and Russian-speaking editors and journalists in Narva, Daugavpils and Rīga. The goal of these visits is to examine how newspapers operate in cities with large national minority presence where more than one language is spoken. During the summer school, participants will produce several multimedia products.

The overall coordination of the Baltic International Summer School is provided by Vidzeme University College but this year it is joined by two more co-organizers – Daugavpils University and Tartu University’s Narva College. Our friends and supporters this year are Latvian Ministry of Education and Science, Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, U. S Embassy in Latvia, Valmiera City Council as well as private companies LETA Video, Diena, Latvian Mobile Telephone, Cēsu Alus, Valmieras Piens, Triāls and Hansabanka. In Daugavpils our partners are newspapers Latgales Laiks, Ekspress Nedelja and Seycas, in Narva – Narvsjkaja gazeta, Viru Prospekt and Narvskaja Nedelja.

More information about Baltic International Summer School, lectures and program can be found at http://biss.va.lv.

Media contacts for extra information, interviews and visuals:

Kaspars Rūklis, Director of the Summer School – kaspars.ruklis@gmail.com, +371 2940-5048, or
Dana Čaiņikova, Public Relations Coordinator – dana.cainikova@gmail.com, +371 2934-1235