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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn the academic year 2015/2016, enrolment in higher education institutions of Latvia accounts for 84.3 thousand. Total enrolment in higher education institutions has declined by 2% in comparison with the previous year.

Similarly to previous years, social sciences and humanities are dominating among the study programmes – they are chosen by 65.4 % of students. In academic year 2015/2016, enrolment to social sciences and humanities has dropped by 4.0 %, whereas enrolment to exact sciences has grown by 9.5 %, according to information from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

In academic year 2015/2016, entrant number constituted 29.1 thousand – 0.2 % less than in previous year. 62.7 % of all 1st year students entered programmes of social sciences and humanities, while 26.9 % – exact science programmes. In comparison, in previous academic year, social sciences and humanities were chosen by 64.2 % of entrants, and exact sciences – by 26.6 %. Tuition of more than a half of enrolled students (58.6 %) is non-subsidised, but tuition of 41.4 % of students is state and local government funded.

In 2015, higher education was acquired by 17.0 thousand students. 11.1 thousand or 65.4 % of which were females.

Number of foreign students in higher education institutions of Latvia is growing every year. In academic year 2015/2016, there are 6.5 thousand foreign students in higher education institutions of Latvia – 12 % more than in previous academic year. Number of foreign entrants has grown as well – by 17 % (from 2.4 thousand in 2014/2015 to 2.8 thousand in 2015/2016).

Number of entrants to vocational education has declined

In school year 2015/2016, there are 27.4 thousand students studying in vocational education institutions of Latvia – 8.3 % less than in previous school year. Chosen by 43.3 % of vocational education institution students, science and engineering fields are the most popular.

10.9 thousand students entered vocational education institutions this year – 6.9 % less than in school year 2014/2015. There were 18 % entrants more in computing and 11 % entrants more in agriculture specialities.

In 2015, 8.2 thousand students acquired secondary vocational education – a decrease of 7.2 %, compared to 2014.

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