On 28 June, 49 participants graduated from RGSL’s Advanced and Intensive Programmes in European Law and Economics. This semester’s graduates represented 14 countries - Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Moldova, State of Palestine, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Before returning back to their home countries, the graduates received encouragement and good wishes from Programmes’ supporters and partners - H.E. Steinar Egil Hagen, Ambassador of Norway, Mr. Normans Penke, Inspector General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Mr. Ryan Peseckas, representative of the United States Embassy in Latvia.
Speaking on behalf of the graduates, Tirayr Vardazaryan (Armenia), Indira Satarkulova (Kyrgyzstan), Islam Saparbayev (Turkmenistan) and Lama Alhajabdalrahim (State of Palestine) emphasised the importance of connections made at RGSL. They also underlined the relevance of the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that they obtained during the Programme and the study visit to Brussels and Luxembourg.
This graduation marked an important milestone for RGSL – the overall number of graduates of both Advanced and Intensive Programmes has reached 200. This would not be possible without commitment of the Programme donors and its institutional and academic partners: Norwegian Embassy in Riga, Latvian Institute of International Affairs, University of Latvia, Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA), and Swedish Institute.