BA School of Business and Finance is one of the leading, self financing business schools in Latvia. It was founded in 1992 as Banking College under the Bank of Latvia and in 1997 it was accredited as Higher Educational Institution, today known as BA School of Business and Finance offering studies to 1622 students. In 2012 BA School of Business and Finance is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
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About

BA School of Business and Finance provides full cycle 14 higher education study programs at all levels – the first level higher education, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral study programs focusing on the niche of financial education and business management. All study programs have incorporated company traineeship as a compulsory requirement. The study process has gained international dimension. Every year the School receives international students.

We are satisfied that the study programs of BA School of Business and Finance are gaining wider international recognition. In 2012 the Master’s study program „International Finance and Banking” was recognized as the 13th among the best in the Corporate Finance Master’s study program group in Eastern Europe in Eduniversal International Scientific Committee rating of 1000 the best business schools and universities, while the professional Master’s Study program „Business Management in Creative Industries” ranked 42nd among the best arts and culture management Master’s study program.

So far more than 8000 finance and business professionals have graduated from the School. Today they work for leading companies, banks, auditing companies and various government institutions contributing to the growth of the whole sector with their knowledge and expertise. Graduates are nationally and internationally recognized entrepreneurs, managers, consultants, experts and professionals working both in public and private companies.

BA School of Business and Finance that has obtained „Investors in Excellence” Quality Management Certificate by the British Quality Foundation thus proving that it meets the high internationally recognized standards (EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management) Excellence model) is also going to offer qualitative, internationally competitive study programmes in the future.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) as a learner-centred credit system has been implemented. Credit allocation is based on the assessment of learning outcomes.

Business and Financial Research centre

Research

Research carried out by the teaching staff and the integration of the research into the study process plays an important role at SBF. The professional development and competence of the teaching staff is the main priority and it is facilitated.

There are four departments in SBF: Finance, Management, Entrepreneurship and Business Informatics, as well as Foreign Language Department. Therefore the research areas are related to finance management in entrepreneurship, the development of entrepreneurship and business information technologies in the innovation era, improvement of management methods and human resource development to increase the competitiveness of the enterprise as well as the development of terminology definitions and usage in the area of finance and entrepreneurship.

School of Business and Finance Business and Finance Research Centre home page

The Foundation School of Business and Finance Business and Finance Research Centre (further in the text- Research Centre) was founded on 24 May 2007 by School of Business and Finance.

It has been founded as an independent institution not only to create favourable conditions for efficient disclosure of the research potential of SBF and hands-on-oriented study process, but also wide research, consultancy and educative activities by involving highly-qualified internationally recognised professionals from academic and entrepreneurship environment.

Tasks of Research Centre:

  • To carry out research according to the chosen research areas, involving qualified researchers from Latvia and abroad.
  • To create the opportunity to carry out and facilitate scientific research in BSF involving teaching staff, doctoral students, post-graduates and undergraduates.

The main research areas of Research Centre:

  • Development of entrepreneurship
  • Competitiveness of business
  • Development of financial service sector
  • Business management, financial, human resources, quality, innovation management, etc.
  • Educating society on financial issues,
  • Creative economy
  • Other entrepreneurship and finance-related areas.

Andris Natrin, Inga Rone, Liga Peiseniece are Board members of the Research Centre.

Research

Business and Financial Research centre

Research

Research carried out by the teaching staff and the integration of the research into the study process plays an important role at SBF. The professional development and competence of the teaching staff is the main priority and it is facilitated.

There are four departments in SBF: Finance, Management, Entrepreneurship and Business Informatics, as well as Foreign Language Department. Therefore the research areas are related to finance management in entrepreneurship, the development of entrepreneurship and business information technologies in the innovation era, improvement of management methods and human resource development to increase the competitiveness of the enterprise as well as the development of terminology definitions and usage in the area of finance and entrepreneurship.

School of Business and Finance Business and Finance Research Centre home page

The Foundation School of Business and Finance Business and Finance Research Centre (further in the text- Research Centre) was founded on 24 May 2007 by School of Business and Finance.

It has been founded as an independent institution not only to create favourable conditions for efficient disclosure of the research potential of SBF and hands-on-oriented study process, but also wide research, consultancy and educative activities by involving highly-qualified internationally recognised professionals from academic and entrepreneurship environment.

Tasks of Research Centre:

  • To carry out research according to the chosen research areas, involving qualified researchers from Latvia and abroad.
  • To create the opportunity to carry out and facilitate scientific research in BSF involving teaching staff, doctoral students, post-graduates and undergraduates.

The main research areas of Research Centre:

  • Development of entrepreneurship
  • Competitiveness of business
  • Development of financial service sector
  • Business management, financial, human resources, quality, innovation management, etc.
  • Educating society on financial issues,
  • Creative economy
  • Other entrepreneurship and finance-related areas.

Andris Natrin, Inga Rone, Liga Peiseniece are Board members of the Research Centre.

PhD Programmes

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a PhD at BA School of Business and Finance!

Services

Service and Facilities

  • Modern library with the most updated resources
  • A wide range of sports activities
  • Canteen
  • Free Wifi

Accommodation

BA SBFprovides the housing at BA SBFStudent Hostel which is located at the same building where

the classes are held. The prices range from 70 EUR to 100 EUR per month (depending on the room).

  • Shared rooms with shower and sanitary facilities
  • All rooms are furnished
  • A fridge in each block or room
  • Common room with table games and TV
  • Shared kitchen
  • Canteen
  • Free Wifi
  • Laundry and drying

Student Life

Latvias capital Riga is enriched and inspired every day by its multicultural community. Riga is one of the oldest cities on the Baltic Sea.

SBF is located 15 minutes from the Old Town, the heart of Riga, which ensures easy access and convenient infrastructure. Riga is a vivid ad historically rich city wth many contemporary activities and events fro stduents throughout the year.

There are different cultural, sports and recreation events at BA in which participated students, personnel and BA friends. The beginning of the academic year, the national holidays and graduation parties are celebrated.

BA celebrates every academic years conclusion by organising annual informal event Picnic BA students, academic staff and employees are invited to spend a relaxation and entertainment day together. Sports fans could participate in serious volley-ball matches or boating, but those who like amusement could choose team relay races or trampoline. The event moderator took care of humour and fun. The participants of the outing are offered soup and BA cake.

Each November there is a festive meeting devoted to the Latvia Republic Independence Day, where BA awards students for very good, excellent and outstanding academic results, participation in Latvian and international projects and competitions and achievements in sports were also awarded.

The largest and the most gorgeous BAs event of the year is Christmas ball organized by BA Student Council took place in Latvia Association House. BA students, graduates, employees and cooperation partners attended the ball.

BA provides its students not only the access to qualitative studies and new knowledge, but also the opportunity to participate in different sports activities basketball, indoor football, volley-ball, tennis as well as access to fitness equipment. BA has a sports organizer who tries to find solutions and implement students ideas and propositions.

BA students, graduates and employers are invited to sing in BAs own quire Moneta. The quire is conducted by I. Feldmane, the choir-master I. Plume and the vocal teacher D. Dombrovska. In 2011 the quire started to prepare for the 15th General Latvian Song and Dance Festival which will take place in 2013.

Accreditation

Eduniversal Ranking

Since 2008 BA School of Business and Finance has been among the best 1000 business schools and universities in the world in the nomination Outstanding Business Schools.

Eduniversal is an organization of French company SMBG which specializes in higher education and career issues and it creates annually the rating of the best 1000 business schools and universities. During the last 18 months Eduniversal International Scientific Committee has summarized data about more than 12 000 Masters study programmes of 1000 leading business schools in the world. Relying on ten year experience in assessing Masters study programmes Eduniversal as a market leader decided to create a global map with 4000 leading Masters study programmes in 30 areas of studies in 153 countries.

In 2012 the Masters study program International Finance and Banking was recognized as the 13 among the best in the Corporate Finance Masters study program group in Eastern Europe in Eduniversal International Scientific Committee rating of 1000 the best business schools and universities, while the professional Masters Study program Business Management in Creative Industries ranked 41nd among the best arts and culture management Masters study program.

Eduniversal International Scientific Committee assessed the programmes according to three criteria: reputation of the programme, the salary of the graduates in their first job and student satisfaction. The most essential is student satisfaction and at the same time it is a unique assessment criteria. Almost 100 000 graduates participated in Eduniversal survey evaluating their study programme. Eduniversal Masters study programme evaluation provides a serious and unique information source for other students, professionals and employers as well as higher educational establishments and universities in the world. The progress of BA in international market has been one of the strategic priorities for several years. Eduniversal evaluation of BA two study programmes ranking them among 50 the best Masters study programmes in the world is not only the evidence of the quality of educational services, but also an achievement related to the development of Latvia education system.

Latvia rating of higher education establishments

The role of BA in Latvia education system is proved by the fact that BA ranks immediately after the large universities in Latvia Rating of Higher Educational Establishments.

In 2012 BA ranked the eighth in Latvia Rating of Higher Educational Establishments prepared annually by Latvijas Avize in cooperation with Latvia University and experts from different sectors as well as the market and public opinion research centre SKDS. The rating includes all 33 Latvia higher educational establishments founded both by state and legal entities. In this rating BA ranks the seventh among state-founded higher educational establishments and the sixth among Riga higher educational establishments. It is a significant achievement taking into account that BA is a single profile higher educational establishment and in rating are compared higher educational establishments irrespective of their size, number of profiles and functions. At the same time for all the five years since the higher educational establishment rating was created BA has pointed out that the assessment criteria and the methodology applied does not reflect completely the operation quality of higher educational establishments and it is important to include relevant criteria in the assessment. For instance, business higher educational establishments would need a completely different assessment system than arts and technical higher educational establishments. In spite of the high evaluation, BA administration believes that these ratings cannot serve as an objective tool for choosing the study area and the higher educational establishment.

Praise good service

To prove the desire to provide an outstanding service BA participated in the campaign Praise Good Service in 2011. BA was recognized as the most praised higher educational establishment in Latvia.

This campaign has been annually carried out in Latvia for eight years. It is run for more than two weeks every March. Labsserviss.lv team in cooperation with Swedbank and Lattelecom invites all inhabitants to participate in the campaign Praise Good Service and to evaluate good service or express their satisfaction to any employee working in the service sector. The essence of the campaign is to invite the society to appreciate positive things around us and praise good service. You can praise the company providing service or an employee who has provided good service, good emotions and a smile. During the campaign enterprises and the society are invited to pay more attention to the customer service culture and the most praised enterprises as well as state and municipality institutions in Latvia are brought to the front. Among them were enterprises which had received the largest number of positive comments from their customers as well as received the highest evaluation in the TNS Latvia customer service quality assessment research.

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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