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    IT Freshmen Receive the Annual DPA LVL 1000 Grant

 

Today, on 23 September, 10 information technology (IT) freshmen received grants LVL 1000 each for the first year of studies in a Latvian university or college. These grants, already traditional, for the fourth year in row are awarded to the winners of the contest “Come and Study IT – We Shall Support!” by the company DPA in partnership with the Latvian Education Fund (LIF) and the Ministry of Education and Science.

This is the fourth year when the DPA grant awarding ceremony takes place in the premises of the Ministry of Education and Science. This choice of the venue suggests that the leading Latvian IT companies are partners to the state and the education system itself.

"This is a modern solution for inciting the strive for knowledge of the Latvian youth, and we can already call it a tradition. Public private partnership here manifests itself in one of the best forms which is beneficial equally to the individual, allowing him or her to concentrate on the most important things during the studies, and to the national values", says Rolands Broks, Minister of Education and Science.

"The cooperation between private companies and organisations from different sectors of economy, educational institutions and the government should be designed as a long-term cooperation. The goal of this cooperation is to offer the labour market specialists based on demand, both in the short-term and long-term perspective, who will be able to contribute to the growth of the Latvian economy. Is there any sense in study programmes and students where there is no demand in the labour market? Is there any sense to invest money in education , including languafe teaching and retraining of employees, if they will be used in another country? I believe, not. There is a sense in encouraging the study curricula and educational institutions where the students will be in demand by the local employers. There is a sense to invest in students whose knowledge will generate new ideas and creative proposals. This requires courage, initiative and energy", says Juris Vilders, board member of DPA.

Any 12th grade graduate who was planning to continue studies in IT was eligible to apply for the grant. Motivation and reasoning why he or she wants to major in IT, and also the applicant`s progress and out-of-school interests and achievements were among the main criteria while evaluating the graduate`s application to the grant contest. 10 grants were awarded to the applicants from Riga and all Latvian regions. Each winner will receive a grant of LVL 100 per month during the first year of studies from September to June. This project does not in any way oblige to the grant receivers to the grant donor. The only requirement is successful studies in the university or college.

               

DPA is a leading player in the IT sector, providing to its clients in Latvia, Lithuania, the Ukraine and Belarus effective solutions in IT infrastructure, company management and staff collaboration. DPA is a Microsoft Gold Certified partner with competences in licensing, information processing solutions, Microsoft business solutions and highly sophisticated infrastructure solutions.

 

Additional information:
Anda Jankoviča
DPA marketing
Phone 67 509 900
E-mail: anda.jankovica@dpa.lv