Tilde beats internet giants in machine translation battle
For the third consecutive year, the Latvia-based language technology company Tilde has won the “Olympics” of the machine translation technology – the WMT 2019 competition. This year Tilde's team participated with its machine translation technology for the English-Lithuanian language pair, outperforming online translation platforms such as Google, Microsoft, and others.
Welcome rise in number of university applicants
This year, 10 911 people have applied to do undergraduate degrees at one of 13 higher education institutions in Latvia. This is the highest number of applicants in the last five years, according to information provided by LETA on July 10. 
LSM survey reveals stark splits over minority schools
Citizens who speak Latvian and Russian at home have expressed notably opposed views on the hypothetical possibility of forgoing minority schools and creating a system where all children attend common Latvian schools.
Latvian universities raise tuition fees
Riga Stradiņš University (RSU), the University of Latvia (LU), and the Rīga Technical University (RTU) have raised the tuition fees for the 2019./2020. academic year, reported LETA on June 30.
The challenges of being a medical student
Overall, 274 medical students will be graduating from the University of Latvia and Riga Stradiņš University in 2019. These include 83 out of the 100 medical students who began their students at the University of Latvia and are graduating on June 20. And 191 out of 230 scholarship students who began their studies at Rīga Stradiņš University six years ago and are graduating on June 28. One of them is Guntis Balodis, who related his journey to becoming a doctor on Latvian Radio on June 20. 
Government agrees modest pay rise for teachers
The government on June 18 adopted draft amendments to regulations for teacher’s pay providing for raising the minimum monthly wage for teachers from EUR 710 to EUR 750 for a 30-hour working week, the LETA newswire reported.
Latvian school pupils oppose "cramming" culture
Knowledge is not the only thing that pupils and their parents expect from schools – the importance lies in linking learning and knowledge to real life. This can be inferred from the results of a survey conducted last year, said Zane Oliņa, the director of “Skola2030” (a program that aims to update the school curriculum) in an interview on Latvian Radio on June 5.
Estonia offers way forward on teachers' pay
The three Baltic states share challenges in education such schools with a small number of students and the need to increase teachers’ salaries, but the capacity to address those challenges is notably different, it was admitted at the 25th Meeting of the Education Ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Education Ministry floats school "bloc" reform plan
The Latvian Education and Science Ministry has come up with a proposal on four regional "blocs" for schools with different requirements for the minimum number of pupils, reported the LETA newswire April 18.
Get the hole picture with new Latvian "Molecam"
Latvia has a surprising number of webcams watching everything from weather to eagle's nests, swampscapes, bird feeding stations and street robberies, and now a new location has joined that number.
Teachers may strike for pay rise after failed talks with government
The government on March 19 failed to reassure the Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees (LIZDA) that money would be provided for raising teachers’ wages as promised this year, so the teachers will go ahead with their picket on March 20 at the Saeima.
Language agency fined 143 teachers in 2018
About 10% of minority-school teachers that the country's language watchdog, the State Language Center (VVC), examined last year were found to have insufficient Latvian language, reported Latvian Radio March 8.
Teachers consider protest against broken pay rise promise
The Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees (LIZDA) is considering a protest in response to the government’s failure to raise teachers’ wages as scheduled, the union’s leader Inga Vanaga told LETA February 18.
Shadows all across Latvia today
February 13 is the annual "Shadows day" (Ēnu diena) in Latvia. It's not a pagan festival to entreat the Gods to send some sunshine but a day on which students get to "shadow" professionals in their jobs to get some idea of what they do in a typical working day.
Latvian Universities rank in "emerging" world's top 300
The University of Latvia (LU) is among the top 300 higher educational institutions in the so-called "emerging" world, according to rankings produced by Times Higher Education, and Rīga Technical University is in the top 200.