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RISEBA rector: when students «disappear» in the labour market and never return

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RISEBA rector Irina Senņikova

The desire to become independent quickly and start earning money often outcompetes students’ desire to study, BNN was told by rector of Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration (RISEBA) Irina Senņikova in a conversation about the unfinished education problem in Latvia.

The report published at the beginning of September by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) «Education at a Glance» shows that approximately half (48%) of students in Latvia finish their Bachelor degree studies.

RISEBA also experiences situations when students enrol and then leave after some time. For example, in the 2017/2018 school year the ratio of «lost» students was 27%, and 13.7% a year later.

The lost student and shortage of work hands

Senņikova explains the loss of students with their desire to find jobs. Unemployment in Latvia is on a decline, and employment in Riga is nearly full. Youngsters also want to acquire financial independence from their parents as soon as possible. Businesses, on the other hand, actively search for employees and offer opportunities.

Perhaps studying is not a priority for youngsters at some point and he or she do not consider the value of education in a long-term perspective. This pushes education to the background, says Senņikova.

RISEBA is trying to resolve this problem with individual approach and maintain the ties between the university and the student if they take a pause in studies. Sometimes a situation appears when a student never returns to studies after taking an academic pause.

As for consequences of taking a break in studies, Senņikova warns – without education a person will likely face a situation when the shortage of it becomes an obstacle for their career growth.

She stresses that in such situations it is important for there to be a person with whom residents can consult about this topic.

She mentions a case when a university teacher wrote on her Facebook page: «Missing person! Missing student! Doesn’t write his Bachelor thesis! Help me find him!»

On one hand this can be considered a joke, but at the same time it shows that there is someone in the university who cares about the student, says Senņikova. There are different situations, and it is not always possible to turn to parents.

«We have to help students define their priorities,» says Seņnikova.

What should the state do?

As for ways the state could become involved to motivate youngsters to study, Senņikova mentioned Finland’s example. Higher education in Finland is free. However, students have to meet set deadlines. If they fail, they have to pay.

The labour market can assist here. RISEBA admits that employers gradually become more aware that students should finish their studies in full, not abandon their studies and start working. For example, one of the university’s cooperation partners Accenture Latvia offers students work for them part-time so that young specialists are able to combine work with studies.

Senņikova does not support Education and Science Ministry’s idea to raise higher education facilities’ enrolment requirements. First of all, she could not recall a single study that speaks positively about this approach. Secondly, a person who studies in a university already has motivation other hand sitting behind a school desk. A person who had middling results in school might already have goals when commencing studies in university and work hard to achieve them


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