Future students choose computer and social sciences this year in Latvia

The most frequently chosen study programs by new applicants at universities are computer science and social science. , it informed higher education institutions. The Latvian Employers' Confederation welcomed the results, but still highlights the lack of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) specialists, Latvian Radio reported July 19.

As reported, nearly 10,150 applications were received this year at Latvian universities. The programs selected by the new students are similar annually. The most popular is computer science, many also choose psychology, law science, business leadership, medicine and communications. These programmes are part of the Top 10 most popular study programmes throughout Latvia. 

The head of the Rīga Technical University (RTU) Reception Commission, Iness Bušovska, said that this year, the number of applicants at RTU was delightful. Both the total number of applications and the ones approved are higher than last year. In addition, foreign students' applications are still taking place in higher education, including people from Ukraine who will continue to complement the ranks of students and possible workers.

Meanwhile, the Latvian Employers' Confederation recalled that in the coming years, there will be an increasing demand for staff in the field of STEM.

The Director General of the Confederation, Līga Meņģelsone, said: “The forecasts show that these specialists – engineering and natural sciences – will also be in demand after 2030. Consequently, it would probably pay off both in terms of remuneration and in the form of a career, because these specialists will be much more demanded and competition per post will be relatively smaller than in social sciences."

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