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Latvia University of Agriculture

Faculty of Social Sciences



STUDY PROGRAMME
“EXTERNAL RELATIONS OF ORGANIZATIONS”


SELF – ASSESSMENT REPORT

Jelgava 2006

National Emblem of the Republic of Latvia

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND SCIENCE REPUBLIC OF LATVIA

REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE
OF THE EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENT


7 August, 2001 No. 2841101568 Rīga

Issued
to


the Latvia University of Agriculture

Jelgava, Lielā Str.2

State Secretary A. Sarnovičs

Deputy (signature) V. Egle

(Seal: Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia)



CONTENTS

THE SUBSTANTIATION OF THE PROFESIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION BACHELOR STUDY PROGRAMME “EXTERNAL RELATIONS OF ORGANIZATIONS” 5

INTRODUCTION 9

1. GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES (FSS) 10

1.1. MISSION OF THE FACULTY 10

1.2. VISION OF THE FACULTY 10

1.3 THE FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES IN THE SYSTEM OF THE LATVIA UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE (LLU) 10

1.4 WEAKNESSES OF THE FACULTY 10

1.5. STRENGTHS OF THE FACULTY 11

1.6. ACTIVITIES FOR OVERCOMING WEAKNESSES AND EFFICIENT USE OF THE STRENGTHS OF THE FACULTY 12

1.7. THREATS FROM THE OUTER ENVIRONMENT 13

1.8. OPPORTUNITIES CREATED BY THE OUTER ENVIRONMENT 14

1.9. ACTIVITIES TO LESSEN THE THREATS FROM THE OUTER ENVIRONMENT AND FOR EFFICIENT USE OF THE OPPORTUNITIES CREATED BY THE OUTER ENVIRONMENT 15

1.10. OBJECTIVES FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FACULTY VISION 15

1.11 THE OBJECTIVES FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE STUDY PROCESS 15

2. SECOND LEVEL PROFESSIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION BACHELOR STUDY PROGRAMME "EXTERNAL RELATIONS OF ORGANIZATIONS" 17

2.1. DESCRIPTION OF THE STUDY PROGRAMME FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF LATVIA’S INTERESTS 17

2.2. NECESSITY, AIM, OBJECTIVES AND PLANNED RESULTS OF THE STUDY PROGRAMME 17

2.3. QUALIFICATION TO BE OBTAINED 19

2.4. GRADUATES’ FURTHER EDUCATION PROSPECTS 19

2.5. CONTENT OF THE STUDY PROGRAMME 19

2.6. ORGANIZATION OF THE STUDY PROGRAMME AND KNOWLEDGE ASSESSMENT 22

2.7. LIST OF THE TEACHING STAFF OF THE STUDY PROGRAMME 23

2.8. ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT OF THE STUDY PROCESS 26

2.9. CREATIVE AND RESEARCH WORK 27

2.10. QUALITY ASSURANCE SYSTEM 27

2.11. STUDY PROGRAMME "MANAGEMENT OF ORGANIZATIONS" STUDENTS AND GRADUATES' SURVEY 28

2.12. EXTERNAL RELATIONS AND CO-OPERATION 30

2.13. PROSPECTS OF IMPROVEMENT OF THE STUDY PROGRAMME 32

APPENDICES 34



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THE SUBSTANTIATION OF THE PROFESIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION BACHELOR STUDY PROGRAMME “EXTERNAL RELATIONS OF ORGANIZATIONS”


The programme is headed by the Department of Languages of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Duration of studies – 4 academic years (8 terms).

Type of studies – full-time studies.

Amount in credit points – 160 CP.

Previous education – secondary.

Degree to be obtained – Professional Bachelor in Public Management.

Qualification to be obtained – External Relations Unit Manager.

Requirements to be met to obtain the diploma – successful acquisition of the study programme, writing and defending of the Bachelor’s Paper.

Topicality


The programme is very vital for Latvia as in the development of international relations of the country the competiteveness of enterprises of all the branches should be increased under the changing social and economic conditions. One of the major prerequisites of the competitiveness is the knowledge of foreign languages and interpersonal skills of managers and their employees as well as the knowledge about the latest developments in the EU economy, culture, politics, etc. Lack of such knowledge and skills has been testified by the analysis of the labour market and by entrepreneurs, stating that leaders and employees of companies not always have the necessary knowledge and skills, enabling them to co-operate successfully with partners abroad.

With the Licence of the Ministry of Education and Science the first level professional higher education programme "Management of Organizations" was opened in 2001 in order for the graduates to obtain the qualification of external relations co-ordinator. The programme was accredited by the international committee in 2001.

According to the recommendations of the accreditation committee, the desire expressed by the students who would like to continue their studies, as well as taking into account that the LLU has all the preconditions to train future specialists of external relations, the second level professional higher education programme “External Relations of Organizations” was developed.

The study programme has been developed in compliance with the “Law on Higher Educational Establishments” and “Regulations on the State Standards of the Second Level Professional Higher Education”.

The obtained knowledge will be useful for successful performing of External Relations Unit manager’s duties in any organization in Latvia that would like to develop its external relations.

While studying at the LLU, the students acquire knowledge in:

Social Sciences and Politics,

Economics,

Psychology and Management,

Foreign Languages;

Intercultural Communication, etc.

by choosing additional courses necessary for them also out of the list of elective courses.

^ The strategic goal of the study programme

The strategic goal of the study programme is to ensure implementation of the study process according to the External Relations Unit manager’s professional qualification by means of integrative acqusition of social sciences, the humanities and economics.

^ Specific aims

The specific aims of the study program are to:

    1. Ensure obtaining of qualitative professional education in the study process, thus the students could become competitive individuals, able to apply their professional and individual potential taking into account the changes of the labour market that require high quality external relations.

    2. Acquaint students with the cultural peculiarities of different countries in order they would be aware of these features when participating in intercultural, economic, sociopolitical etc. communication.

    3. Provide organizations and enterprises of Latvia with skillful specialists of external relations; who are competent not only in the legislation, directives and activities of the EU, but also in the world global processes.




    1. Educate specialists who would be also experts of social sciences and the humanities and be able to solve urgent problems of external relations of organizations and enterprises.

    2. Facilitate the competitiveness of Latvian specialists within the labour markets of the EU and the world taking into consideration globalization processes.

Objectives

The objectives of the study programme are to:

  1. Develop the skills and abilities of self-education – the basis for the process of life-long learning.

  2. Develop skills to solve problems, to formulate aims and to motivate one’s actions to achieve them.

  3. Ensure knowledge and skills that would facilitate qualitative performance of External Relations Unit manager’s duties according to the professional standard.

  4. Pay special attention to the acquisition of Management, Psychology and several foreign languages.

  5. Teach, how to use the acquired knowledge when performing professional duties by means of organizing students’ practical training.

  6. Develop professional skills of intercultural communication.

  7. Ensure the compliance of the study organization with the legislation of Latvia and the LLU Satversme, as well as correspondence of the study structure to the LLU regulations.

  8. Develop the students’ understanding about the external relations of the organizations of Latvia – current situation, tendencies, future prospects.

^ Admission requirements

The applicants who would like to be enrolled in the 1st year of studies should have completed their secondary education. The obligatory requirements, provided by the Latvia University of Agriculture, are the results of centralized exams in Latvian and the first foreign language. The additional points are awarded for the certificate of centralized exams or the average grade in geography in the certificate (diploma) of general secondary education. Those who would like to be enrolled in the 3rd year of studies should have completed a related two-year 1st level higher professional study programme. Those applying for the studies starting from the 3rd year do not take entrance exams.

^ Practical training

Practical training with the ammount of 26 credit points (term 6 – 16 CP and term 8 – 10 CP) is implemented in compliance with the regulations of and agreement on practical training. The regulations of the practical traning include aims, objectives and the procedure of evaluation of the results of practical training. The agreement envisages the responsibilities and liabilities of both parties.

^ Carrier prospects

Deep qualitative knowledge of social sciences, politics, management, psychology, economics and languages ensure opportunities to get a job and develop one’s carrier within different structures of organizations in Latvia, which would like to develop external ralations at the Latvian and foreign joint ventures, as well as foreign companies. The graduates are able to work also in the administrative structures of the EU etc. The graduates of the study programme will be experts of the sector and know the possibilities of co-operation. They will have skills and abilities necessary for the evaluation and analysis of company activities in the socio-economical environment, making decisions according to their competence level, using different means of information,creating positive cultural environment.

^ Prospects of further education

The acquisition of the higher professional educational study programme “External Relations of Organizations” and obtaining of Bachelor’s degree in Public Management envisages the rights to continue studies either at the academic or professional Master’s study programme at any higher educational establishment in Latvia where there are corresponding branches, subbranches or related brances of Master studies.





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