Muižnieks will take over from current Rector Mārcis Auziņš, who was no longer eligible after two four-year consecutive terms in the post, when he receives approval from the Cabinet of Ministers.
Prior to becoming Pro-Rector of Sciences in 2000, Muižnieks was Dean of the Faculty of Biology, department head, docent and research assistant. He has been associated with the University since 1976 and has a doctoral degree in biology as a member of the Academy of Sciences.
He has named as priorities cooperation between faculties and institutes within Latvia and internationally; movement toward innovation and new study qualifications; more fundraising and resource attraction to the sciences and research; more publications among students and academic personnel.
Muižnieks was nominated for the rector’s post by the Faculties of Biology, Humanities, Chemistry and the Institutes of Physical Chemistry and Cardiology Sciences.