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UN Science, Technology and Innovation Forum wraps up with Latvian help
On 4–5 May 2021, the United Nations Science, Technology and Innovation Forum convened in a virtual session co-chaired by the Permanent Representative of Latvia to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Andrejs Pildegovičs, and the Chargé d’Affaires of the Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the United Nations, Ambassador Mohammad Koba, the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a release. 
University of Latvia to raise tuition fees
The University of Latvia (LU) plans to increase tuition fees in the new academic year 2021/2022, the rector of the university, Indriķis Muižnieks, told Latvian Radio April 23.
Rīga Technical University will print 3D concrete
Riga Technical University (RTU) has set up its own 3D concrete printing laboratory, producing a special printer on site in the faculty itself, Māris Šinka, lead researcher of the engineering faculty, told Latvian Television April 14.
Latvia has had remote learning longer than EU average
In the academic year 2020/2021, onsite learning in Latvia has not taken place for a longer time than average in European countries, according to information gathered by the Ministry of Education and Science (IZM), Latvian Television broadcast “De facto” reported April 11.
More pupils may be allowed back to school after Easter
Following the Easter holidays, from April 7 additional classes will be allowed back to school for in-person education, provided local Covid-19 morbidity rates are below the allowed threshold, the government decided April 1.
47 municipalities may open schools next week
Pupils from grades 1-4 will be able to learn onsite in 47 municipalities where the cumulative incidence rate is currently below 220, according to the information published by Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) March 24.
Latvia to experiment with paving roads with old tires
The old tires could go back to where they have been used, on the roads. Scientists at Riga Technical University (RTU) are looking for a solution to pave Latvia's roads with granules of old tires, Latvian Television reported March 21.
RSU Research Week is this week
As reported by LSM earlier this year, March 22-26 is Research Week 2021 (RW2021) at Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) and promises plenty of food for thought for the academic specialist and casual observer alike.
School year will not be extended in Latvia
Although it was initially expected that the three extra weeks of winter holidays would result in an extension of the school year for pupils in years 1 to 6, it will not happen, Latvian Radio reported March 19.

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