What is UL Academic Centre?

UL Academic Centre is one of the most modern university study and research complexes in Europe, where in a few years the majority of UL students will study and most structural units will be located.


Why an Academic Centre?

The idea of ​​the Academic Centre arose in 2004 when developing the development strategy of the University of Latvia, and the greatest benefit was the concentration of academics, scientists and students in various fields, which promotes involvement in science, provides a modern environment and opens up new opportunities for interdisciplinarity. Since the opening of the House of Nature and House of Science, the University of Latvia has improved its position in various international rankings, the volume and quality of research, the number of researchers' publications in prestigious scientific journals and their citation in Web of Science and Scopus international databases. The number of students has also increased from 13,100 in 2016 to 15,250 in 2020.


Is the Academic Centre profitable?

Compared to the historical location of the faculties and other structural units of the University of Latvia, the Academic Centre is being built from scratch, which allows concentrating the buildings and adapting the premises to specific needs, providing more efficient property management.


Which faculties are located here?

At present, the Houses of Nature and House of Science have been built, which house:

  • Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences;
  • Faculty of Chemistry;
  • Faculty of Biology;
  • Faculty of Medicine;
  • Faculty of Physics, Mathematics and Optometry.

 
Is it known what the Academic Center will look like in 3 years?

Since the opening of the House of Nature in 2015, there have been plans for more new houses, so until the autumn there will be a design competition for the Academic Centre, in which both local and foreign architects will be invited to find a conceptual solution for the whole area, existing houses and future development. stage buildings.


What buildings are planned here?

In addition to the House of Nature and House of Science, the House of Letters is currently being designed, and in the coming years it is planned to build House of Sports, House of Health, House of Technology and House of Students and Guests.


Which faculties will be located here?

When finishing building the House of Letters, the Academic Centre will have:

  • Faculty of Biology;
  • Faculty of Business, Management and Economics;
  • Faculty of Physics, Mathematics and Optometry;
  • Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences;
  • Faculty of Humanities;
  • Faculty of Chemistry;
  • Faculty of Medicine;
  • Faculty of Pedagogy, Psychology and Art;
  • Social science Faculty;
  • Faculty of Theology;
  • Faculty of History and Philosophy.
     

How will the Academic Centre improve the study and work environment?

Already now the House of Nature and House of Science in the Academic Centre, as well as the House of Letters and the 3rd stage buildings are being built especially for the needs of the University of Latvia, and before construction the needs of all “residents” are gathered so that the infrastructure contributes as much as possible. Compared to the historical buildings, the buildings of the Academic Centre have spacious reading rooms, open access work and study places, as well as several dining and recreation areas.


How will the Academic Centre improve the quality of studies and work?

The academic centre is characterized by a modern and well-thought-out environment, which is often a determinant of good work results. New and modern equipment allows to ensure the quality of the study process and scientific activity. A comfortable and pleasant environment gives motivation to achieve high results.