The University of Latvia is the oldest university in Latvia. It was founded on September 28, 1919 on the basis of the former Riga Polytechnic (founded in 1862) as "The Latvia Higher School." In 1923 this school received its now resumed name – the University of Latvia (Universitas Latviensis). When Latvia regained its independence in 1991, the Supreme Council of the Republic of Latvia confirmed the Constitution of the University of Latvia. The University now consists of 14 faculties and has an enrollment of nearly 30,000 students. University of Latvia website>>
Charitable Efforts at the University of Latvia
For four years, the University of Latvia has partnered with the State Blood Donation Center to hold “Easter Donors,” a blood donation drive for University of Latvia students. Now held on the LU campus, the blood drive is one of a number of charitable and volunteer events held by the university. Latvia University rector Prof. Marcis Auzins said of the blood drive: "There is no greater source of inspiration and satisfaction than good work in other people’s benefit. You’re young and strong, and you are given the opportunity to help." The student commitment to civic engagement is laid out in the Student Council Constitution, which states that one of its roles is to "promote youth inclusion and participation in civil society."