International Conference on Languages and Cultures Taking Place in Ventspils University College


On September 14 and 15, 2017, the first international interdisciplinary conference “Bridging Languages and Cultures” with 57 participants from 14 different countries will be held in Ventspils University College (VUC). Lasīt vairāk


The Third Floor of the Ventspils University Student Dormitory has been Re-opened after Renovation


The opening ceremony of the 39 newly renovated rooms (with a total of 72 beds) on the third floor of the VUC student dormitory was held on September 5, 2017. The key speakers of the ceremony were the VUC Rector Kārlis Krēsliņš, the Chairman of the Ventspils City Council Aivars Lembergs and representatives of the VUC Student Council. In addition, the event was attended by the Wind Mother, a fictional dormitory administrator, who was giving out useful advice on how to improve the life in the dormitories. Lasīt vairāk


Ventspils University College is Organizing an International Conference on Applied Astroinformatics and Space Data Processing in the Baltics


On August 23 and 24, 2017, the Engineering Research Institute “Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Center” (ERI VIRAC) of Ventspils University College is organizing the fifth annual international conference „Baltic Applied Astroinformatics and Space data Processing” (BAASP). It is an applied, scientific conference of the Baltic region. Scientists from Latvia, Sweden and Russia will discuss current issues in astrophysics, interdisciplinary solutions in information and data processing in connection to the observation of the space and space objects, including the observation and remote sensing of the Sun and Earth using satellites.

One of the presentations will feature an interesting report on the launch of the European Cosmos Agency’s satellite Turbulence Heating Observer (THOR), the accurate measuring of the magnetic and electric fields, as well as the measuring of plasma particles in the solar system, which will reveal how turbulent outflow of plasma accelerates separate particles. Lasīt vairāk


Students are Ready to again Participate in the International Event for High-altitude Balloons


Electronic engineering students of the Ventspils University College (VUC) will participate in the international event for high-altitude balloons Global Space Balloon Challenge also this year with their project IRBE – 3. New and well-though-out ideas, generated and physically implemented through hard work, are now seeing daylight and will prove themselves during the mission flight, which is planned to be launched in this August.

The students have designed a new and functionally improved prototype of the primary payload spacecraft, developed to have better heat insulation within the spacecraft than the predecessors. It is critically important for the electronic subsystems and batteries, because, when the balloon will enter the troposphere, the air temperature can drop to -50 degrees Celsius, and improper heat insulation can lead to disturbances in the operationality of the previously mentioned systems or even their complete shutdown. Lasīt vairāk


The Indian Challenge


The magnificent cultural heritage is India’s most valuable and enchanting of its assets. The geographic locale has the most cultural and linguistic diversity, compared to anywhere else on the planet. However, more and more Indian students choose educational opportunities provided by other countries. For the last several years Ventspils University College (VUC) has been accepting foreign students with the aim to diversify and internationalise the study environment. Since the first international student in 2012, the foreign student body of VUC has experienced fluctuations in the share of nationalities, especially regarding the proportion of Indian students. Although, currently the largest portion of international students are from Uzbekistan, Indian students are in hot pursuit to overtake them. The significant influx in the number of foreign students in Latvia and Ventspils can mostly be contributed to the high quality education, which in Ventspils has been made affordable by VUC.

In India, considerable importance is allocated to family ties, therefore, after graduating from VUC, Indian students recommend studies in VUC to their family members and friends, who often are considered as family, too. Of course, not all students, who want to study in VUC, are able to pass the admission and, later, the study quality requirements. Lasīt vairāk


Erasmus+ Stories: Shaping Futures


Every year, Ventspils University College welcomes new Erasmus+ mobility students from Germany, France, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Poland and other countries. VUC is closely cooperating with numerous foreign higher education institutions, for example, International Balkan University in Macedonia, University of Deusto in Spain, KTO Karatay University, Ionian University in Greece and many more.

Initially, the most interest about coming to VUC was shown by language students. Now, a significant number of students also apply for programmes in other faculties. The last year saw a rapid increase in the number of applications from Germany and France – these applications are the greatest in number among the VUC Erasmus+ partnering countries. Every year it becomes clearer that the presence of Erasmus+ mobility students and international students is of vital importance, because they bring unparalleled cultural peculiarities and a refreshingly different worldview with them. Lasīt vairāk


The 5th EIRD Conference has been held at Ventspils University College

The 5th International Conference Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development – EIRD 2017 Smart Growth of the Local Community in the Global World has successfully been held at June 29-30, 2017 in Ventspils. Lasīt vairāk


Latvia’s first Satellite “Venta-1” launch already June 23 at 6:59 EEST


After arriving in India, satellite “Venta -1” was mounted on the Indian launch vehicle (rocket) PSLV-C38 that will deliver “Venta-1” into orbit. Indian Space Research Organisation ISRO and people dealing with the launch have informed Ventspils University College that the estimated time for the PSLV-C38 launch is June 23 at 6:59 EEST and 3.59 UTC. “Venta-1” will detach from the rocket 22 minutes after its launch, that is at 7:21 EEST. That is also the moment the satellite will begin to independently orbit the earth. Lasīt vairāk


Ventspils University College announces an international competition for doctoral scholarship


Ventspils University College (hereinafter – VUC; announces an international competition for a four year 1420 €/month doctoral scholarship award in astrochemistry resulting in a completed doctoral thesis.

The research efforts are to take place in the VUC Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Center (VIRAC;, while the PhD studies – in the University of Latvia or one of world’s leading universities. The research will include (theoretical) astrochemistry with VIRAC’s leading researcher Dr. phys. Juris Kalvāns as thesis supervisor in VUC. Besides, the student will have the opportunity to use freely VUC VIRAC’s 32 m and 16 m radio telescopes.

The competition is open to any applicant that fulfils the following requirements:

  • The applicant’s qualifications shall comply with the requirements of the doctoral studies.
  • A planned or approved PhD thesis topic shall correspond to the particular research area of radio astronomy or astrophysics chosen by VIRAC for year 2017, namely, astrochemistry.
  • The applicant conforms to at least one of the following criteria:
    • has a master’s degree from a university which, according to the latest Thomson Reuters rank, is among the world’s top 400 universities or is among the world’s top 200 universities in the fields of physics or astronomy;
    • submits a letter of recommendation from an internationally recognized astrophysics or astronomy scientist holding a position of Professor or a senior researcher in one of the 400 best universities represented in the Thomson Reuters rank. Astronomy must be amongst the university’s research areas;
    • during the last five years the applicant has at least three astrophysics-related scientific publications included in the Thomson Reuters Web of Science data base, published in journals with impact factor greater than 1.

The applicant shall submit the following documents in Latvian or English:

  • copy of a valid passport or an ID;
  • a document confirming a qualification which, in accordance with the Regulations, allows access to doctoral studies (the originals are to be presented if the copies are not notarized);
  • Curriculum Vitae in the Europass CV template (;
  • a letter of motivation;
  • an annotation describing the student’s envisaged research endorsed by the potential supervisor. The student may contact the VUC supervisor J. Kalvāns about the annotation before submitting the official application. In this case, his eligibility for the scholarship must be demonstrated;
  • a list of publications (if any);
  • letters of recommendation (if any).

Documents or their copies in Latvian or English shall be submitted (a passport or an ID is to be presented) on workdays 10:00 – 16:00 at Ventspils University College, Inzenieru 101, Ventspils, LV-3601, Latvia before July 30, 2017. Scanned copies may also be e-mailed to with the originals or notarized copies supplied if the scholarship is awarded. The VUC is not responsible for any technical problems or malfunction of e-mail services. The results will be announced before August 15.

VUC has the rights to require additional information from the applicants in the form of documents and/or conversation (maybe as teleconferencing) if it is necessary for making decision in this competition. The successful applicant has to be employed by VUC for three years after the completion of the thesis.

The Regulations of the Competition can be found here. The information on this advertisement is only informative. If it is contrary to the Regulations of the Competition, the Regulations apply. Note that the approved version of the Regulations is in Latvian.

Additional information:
Juris Kalvāns




New master study programme “Languages and Cultural Environment”

Master Study

Continuing to develop the Ventspils University College (VUC) study offer and providing the opportunity for existing and new students to continue the studies on master’s level, VUC has designed a new master’s study programme “Languages and Cultural Environment”.

The new study programme will allow the students an in-depth study of intercultural communication processes and to understand how it functions in today’s business environment. Lasīt vairāk