Latvia University of Agriculture

03/06/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/06/2018 09:57

Latvia University of Agriculture changes its name to Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies

To ensure international recognition as of March 6, 2018, comes into effect the University's Senate amendment which states the change of the university's name. On October 11th, 2017, the LLU Senate approved the change of the University's name in English language. Now Latvia University of Agriculture will be known as 'Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies' and starting from March 6th this name will be used in international environment.

Agriculture. Because of the changes in higher education, LLU work in science and education fields there have already been thoughts about the necessity for the name change, but in the past it didn't have the necessary support. LLU name in Latvia is a sign of quality which is known through generations of students and associates with sustainable agricultural traditions in higher education. But to help the university to have more recognisability in international environment the name of the university needed to be changed in English language.

'Until recently LLU used name 'Latvia University of Agriculture' which was the direct translation from Latvian language. The Senate of the Latvia University of Agriculture also determined use of the university's name in six more foreign languages. As our international activity is only growing, it was observed that 7 foreign languages are not enough for LLU. The University's Convent accepted the University's Senates amendments where no longer there is stated university's use of name in foreign languages. Hereinafter, the Senate will know determine it based on necessity' told LLU Convent chairwoman Irina Arhipova.

Arhipova explained that name 'Life Sciences' is an internationally known trade mark which is affiliated with former agricultural universities who have connected their work with different agricultural areas. This kind of change can be seen in the name change of the 'Association for European Life Science Universities (ICA)' where LLU is member. The associations focus is on the life sciences relating to agriculture, food, forestry, natural resources, rural development and the environment in the 46 countries.

After looking at international experience in these kind of questions in the last October the Senate made the decision on usage of the LLU name in English language and semantic translation. In future the Senate is planning to decide about the LLU name usage in other foreign languages where it will be needed for international cooperation. The semantic translation will be important also in the other languages not only in the English language. The goal will be to show the specialization of the University.

Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies is one of the leading universities of science and technologies in the Baltic Sea region, specializing in the sustainable use of natural resources aimed at the enhancement of quality of life for society.