University of Latvia to consolidate its departments

The Council of the University of Latvia (LU) has supported the LU rector's offer to create a model of five faculties (schools or departments) instead of the current 13, the Chairman of the LU Council Ivars Kalviņš confirmed November 17.

The new LU consolidation model envisages merging the former faculties of Medicine, Natural sciences, Mathematics, and Computing into one faculty - the faculty of medicine, natural sciences, mathematics, and computing. It will also include the research institutes currently belonging to the four faculties.

Although the idea of merging the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Humanities was previously expressed, the LU Council has supported the proposal to merge the SZF with the Faculty of Business, Management and Economics by creating the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences. It will also include the academic Center for European and Community Development studies.

Meanwhile, the humanities will be merged into the Faculty of Humanities, which will include the Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of History and Philosophy, the Faculty of Theology, and their respective research institutes.

The new faculty model also includes the Faculty of Education Sciences and Psychology, as well as the Faculty of Law.

According to the university, the new faculty model will help improve collaboration in research, as well as make it easier for students to change their study programs without leaving the university.

There are currently 13 faculties in LU covering four branches of science.

By merging faculty, there will also be changes to LU's overall governance - as the number of deans shrinks, they could enter the university's governing structure.

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