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Details for Baltic International Academy

Participant Status

Advanced

Type of Organization

University

Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive

Location

Riga, Latvia

Website

http://www.bsa.edu.lv

Sign Up Date to PRME

09 Apr 2018

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Letter of ​Commitment (2018)

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Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

The Baltic International Academy is one of the higher educational institutions of the Republic of Latvia, which implements the mission of Latvia regional and education development by the provision of competitive, internationally recognized diverse fields of study; carrying out the training of competitive specialists which are socially responsible members of society, respect of human rights and the environment, going to the continuous improvement and development by the elaboration of innovative research, ensuring the formation of long-term development of the society and the economics of knowledge of Latvia in general.

The Academy is one of the largest non-governmental higher educational institutions in the Baltic States, which was founded in 1992.

The branches of the Academy are located in 7 largest cities of Latvia, thus the Academy is represented in all regions of Latvia.

The Academy implements 31 study programs in 10 fields of study at all levels of education, beginning from the College (the 1st level of higher professional education) to the higher doctorates. The main fields of study are:
* Economics
* Jurisprudence
* Translation
* Management, Administration and Real Estate Management
* Information and Communication Sciences
* Sociology, Political Science and Anthropology
* Hotel and Restaurant Services, Tourism and Recreation
* Psychology
* Social Welfare
* Computer Design.

The Baltic International Academy elaborated the Strategy of work and long-term development of the Academy for the period 2016-2021, in which the principles of Responsible Management Education, sustainable and socially responsible development, goals and objectives in various areas of the development were integrated.

The Academy also elaborated the Communication on Progress in implementing the principles of the United Nations Global Compact for 2013 – 2015, in which the principles of Responsible Management Education have been identified as one of the core values.

We have been implementing sustainable development principles through the incorporation and modernization of study courses in the programs, with an emphasis on social responsibility, research, the role of women and students in management, on students with special needs and low socio-economic status.

All study fields’ curricula and programs have been elaborated taking into consideration the principles of corporate responsibility and sustainability. Courses and disciplines, including the principles of sustainable and socially responsible development are included in all study programmes offered by the Academy.

The Academy restored its cooperation with the Latvian Employers' Confederation. This significantly strengthened the relationship of the Academy with the business environment of Latvia, gave the opportunity to establish new contacts with enterprises and to create new places of internship for students (For example: participation in the 3rd Business Forum of the Eastern Pa rtnership “Cooperation Across borders: the Eastern Partnership and Future Perspective”).

The improvement of educational process, based on the principles of innovation development, takes place also by discussing topical issues of business with the leading representatives of various economic domains. Thus, during past 10 years, 20 round tables-seminars were held in collaboration with the Internet journal "Baltic-Course.com", with the participation of Latvian Employers' Confederation and the Diplomatic Economic Club of Latvia.

The "Junior Academy" was created on the basis of the Baltic International Academy. It is a structural unit of the Academy, which purpose is to ensure attending free classes on topics of interest for the pupils of the last classes of secondary schools from all regions of Latvia and other countries of the world during two years.

The Baltic International Academy seeks for the introduction of the principles of sustainable and socially responsible development through the provision of opportunities of getting higher education and the maintenance of the Academy branches in various, including economically disadvantaged regions of Latvia; the opening of programs on Social assistance at all levels; the participation of students in volunteer work; through granting benefits and free education for persons with special needs and persons without parents.

The Academy has been participating for 3 years in the program of the State Employment Agency providing courses for the unemployed and job-seekers.
The Academy provides scholarships and discounts, including personalized once for students with special needs and orphans.

The Academy continued holding charity and socially-oriented events with the participation of the students and the staff of the Academy targeted at social responsibility development.

All Academy staff obtained obligatory medical insurance at the expense of the Academy; yearly changes are due to changes in staffing or to individual refusals due to having another medical insurance.

The Academy hold events together with the Mobile Latvian State Blood Donor’s Center.

The Academy has signed 277 cooperation agreements with Universities worldwide, including 120 agreements of the program ERASMUS+ with universities from 24 countries of Europe. The number of universities-partners outside the EU is 152 and the number of cooperation agreements is almost 160. The Baltic International Academy became a place of work for 239 employees of basic and academic staff. It is primary place of work for 170 employees of academic staff.

We increase the number of "Double degree" programs and academic exchange/training programs in mobility, incl. Summer Schools from 10 to 38.

The Academy cooperates with many embassies in Latvia: Germany, Denmark, Poland, Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Russian Federation, the Netherlands and the USA, which actively participate in cultural, scientific and research activities of the Academy.

Several Cultural and Information Centers have been opened and continue their work at the Academy (in cooperation with the state institutions of Latvia and foreign countries, and international foundations and organizations): the German Center; the Nordic Center; the Economic Representative Office of Malopolska; the Center "Russian World"; the Information Center of the European Union; the Latvian Center. Students from 30 countries study main programs and academic mobility programs in the Baltic International Academy.

The Academy successfully cooperates with the following organizations: UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education, the UNIRWIN/UNESCO Chairs, the Latvian Confederation of Employers, the Latvian Association of Colleges, Association of Private Universities of Latvia, the European Students’ Union, the Student Union of Latvia, the Latvian Association of Travel Agencies and Operators, Children's Identity & Citizenship European Association, the Civil Alliance Latvia, the European Platform for Good Practice in Recognition of Foreign Qualifications, the European University Association, International Association of Schools of Social Work, United Nation Global Compact and other organizations and associations, thereby providing a close connections between higher education and the business environment, social organizations and associations.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

We are deeply convinced that sustainable and socially responsible development is impossible without the development of science and research; the implementation of research activities in the educational process; interdisciplinary research; the increase in the volume of studies focused on sustainable development, social, political and economic issues faced by contemporary society.

The research activities in the Academy are financed by the higher educational institution funds or the funds from various international foundations, because the Academy is a non-governmental educational institution.

The Central academic library in Riga, which is a member of the Latvian Association of Academic Libraries of Latvia /LATABA/ and a member of the Consortium of law libraries of Europe works on the basis of the Baltic International Academy.

The fund of library comprises 121171 books, 12 databases, 720 research papers and journals, as well as 160 books Fund of literature on electronic media.

We are convinced that the participation of the Academy in international grants and projects is one of the indicators of sustainable and socially responsible development of the Academy, its strives for the increase of the number of international researches, intercultural dialogue, work in international teams and is one of the indicators of development of processes of internationalization of the Academy.

The Baltic International Academy continues the acquisition of the European financing at the expense of participation in such grants as European Social Fond (ESF), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Tempus, Erasmus+, EEA Grants and Norway Grants etc. That significantly has improved the infrastructure of the Academy, has given additional opportunities for sustainable and socially responsible development, cross-cultural communication and has involved students and teachers of the Academy in the research processes.

The most essential European projects and grants are:
• The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Project No. 2010/0057/3DP/3.1.2.1.1/09/IPIA/VIAA/027 "The possibilities of mastering the programmes of higher education for persons with functional disorders"
• Erasmus+ KA2 Activities to strengthen the capacity in the partner countries "European Dimension in Qualifications for the Tourist Sector"
• Business in Malopolska – Partnership Network MARR/158/2013/DOI. European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). In framework of activity 8.2: Building of the Malopolska position in European Networks
• ERSMUS+ КА107 "Key Action 1", mobility for Learners and staff, Higher Education Student and Staff Mobility (2015-1-LV01-KA107-013261)
• Project "Compass for students from third countries – life in Latvia: education and integration"
• "Mastering external markets – external marketing" - Georgia (L-ĀTA-15-3221), Belarus (L-ĀTA-15-3241), Azerbaijan (L-ĀTA-15-2724)

The Center for Research of issues of small and medium businesses functions in the Baltic International Academy. The Center held the following significant events:
• Economic Representative Office of Malopolska was opened in the BIA.
• The international research “The problematic use of new digital technologies by students” was carried out together with the Upper Silesia University of Economics named after V. Korfantogo in Katowice and the university “Utena” in Lithuania.

The laboratory of psychophysiology and experimental psychology continued its activity in the Baltic International Academy after the merger of universities. The main directions of activity of the laboratory: laboratory and practical training on psychophysiology and experimental psychology with the acquisition of modeling methods of human behavior, while solving the various problematic situations in a degree of complexity and emotional content by it.

The special attention in the work of laboratory is paid to the acquisition of methods of psychological testing. The bioelectrical analysis is carried out and registration of the brain activity, heart function and blood vessels, respiratory, visual and other body systems, as well as the analysis and registration of verbal and nonverbal activity. In order to research the mechanisms of regulation of vital activity, stimulated the loads of various degree of complexity, motivational and emotional nature.

The Laboratory of implicit research methods in psychology functions in the Baltic International Academy. Throughout its existence, the laboratory has succeeded to become a platform for carrying out scientific researches by professionals – psychologists not only from Latvia, but also from the other countries of the world.

In autumn of 2015 the Academy reinstated its membership in such organization as CiCea (Children’s Identity & Citizenship European Association), fully aware of importance of principles of sustainable and socially responsible development, protection of children’s rights and the environment, labor law, the development of innovations. In relation to the reorganizational processes which occurred in the Academy and necessity of reaccreditation of all study programs, the BIA temporarily has suspended its membership in this association for one year and now again is included in the higher educational institutions – participants of association.
Since 2013 the Baltic International Academy is a partner of UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education and the UNIRWIN/UNESCO Chairs. The representatives of the Academy annually participate in scientific conferences, seminars and other events, hold by UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education and the UNIRWIN/UNESCO Chairs.

20 round tables – seminars has been held for 10 years in the Baltic International Academy in conjunction with online magazine “Baltic-Course.com” since 2006 with the participation of the Latvian Employer’s Confederation and the Diplomatic Economic Club of Latvia.

Scientists, teachers, doctoral students, master’s degree students, as well as diplomats, entrepreneurs and representatives of state administration traditionally take part in the work of round tables. Author’s composition is reflected in the materials of collection and publications of Baltic-Course.com which has both scientific and applied nature.

The students of Master’s and Doctoral programs have worked out 21 theses on topics related to sustainable and socially responsible development.

The Academy organizes and caries out on its base a large number of international scientific and research activities, including international scientific, practical and student conferences, devoted to the issues of sustainable and socially responsible development. 13 conferences on sustainable development and social responsibility have been held in the Academy.

The representatives of the Baltic International Academy took active part in events in the research on recognition of education and professional experience obtained outside higher educational institutions, in recognition of the documents of refugees, as well as in testing the first platform version STREAM for the introduction of Good Practice in Recognition of Foreign Qualifications.

In the Academy the internal regulatory system was developed for the recognition of education and professional experience obtained outside higher educational institutions, as well as stated suggestions were voiced to the developers of STREAM platform for the improvement of the performance of its pilot version within the framework of its testing carried out.

The Academy strives for the development and strengthening of research activity not only in the academic and student environment, but also at the level of the upper secondary school, involving schoolchildren of the higher forms in research activities. The school scientific society has been acting on the basis of the Junior Academy, thus, secondary-school pupils can join in research activities; with the support and assistance of academic teaching staff of the BIA they prepare their first research articles, defend their research projects, participate in conferences, according to the results of which collections of school research papers are published.

At the first international research and practical conference of schoolchildren “Intellectual potential of the 21st century. The stages of cognition” the following research papers of schoolchildren were presented, targeted at sustainable and socially responsible development:
• The availability of vitamin B in the most popular Latvian products
• The research of situation in the field of dental implantation in the medicine of Latvia, using statistical analysis.
• The research of injections of testosterone for chemical parameters of blood.

One of the essential steps in the development of the research potential of the Academy was the recognition of independent promotional councils of the Baltic International Academy by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Latvian Republic in two fields: economics and jurisprudence, which makes it possible for doctoral students to defend their doctoral theses in the Academy. The Cabinet of Ministers of the Latvian Republic by this decision confirmed the high level of research activities of the teaching staff of the Academy, having promoted the increase of the level of research of doctoral students of the BIA and having strengthened the research activity by the mandatory component of the master’s degree programs and doctoral programs of the Academy: “Regional economy and economic policy” and “Legal sciences”. Doctoral students in their works have begun to address more often the topics related to sustainable and socially responsible development, as well as to the regional development both in Latvia and in the world at large, at the same time, highlighting innovation and research as the main components of their doctoral theses.

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