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Acting LU rector wants to change election process, but will not stand candidate

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Dr.hist. Gvido Straube

Gvido Straube, acting rector of the University of Latvia, denies having plans to stand candidate in elections of a new rector, saying that he does not see himself in this post for a long period of time.

Straube stressed that he receives more pleasure from research, which involves spending hours in the archive reading sources, teaching students and teaching Latvia’s history.

According to him, the next rector of the University of Latvia should be its patriot. He says he would be skeptical of a rector picked from the side.

«We have our traditions. People from the inside know how to respect and develop them further more than others. I’m more in favour of electing the new rector from our own ranks, because this offers growth perspectives for our academic personnel,» adds Straube.

«Honesty and patriotism – these should be the main qualities,» says the acting rector.

«I want to sort out the rector election process to make sure the rector is elected correctly and to prevent conflicting situations like the one we have now. This means after some time I will be able to return to working in my preferred environment as a teacher in my bellowed History and Philosophy Faculty and start teaching,» says Straube.

As for the order for election of a new rector, Straube said «the process is moving forward better than expected». Changes have been outlined by the Constitutional Assembly, says Straube.

«A lot has been accomplished. This means it will soon become clear when we could organize the next meeting of the Constitutional Assembly to approve new amendments to make the rector’s election process clearer,»

said the acting rector. «Once changes have been accepted, we will be able to start thinking about announcing new elections and organizing a new extraordinary meeting of the Constitutional Assembly.»

As previously reported, on 27 August the government decided not to approve Indriķis Muižnieks. This is because Education and Science Ministry said that the election process had breached the Law on Higher Education Institutions, as well as rules for election of University of Latvia rector.


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