ViA is a public university that is internationally recognized for its strong focus on fundamental and applied research and international cooperation. In 2020, 45% of its budget came from various grants and research funding, and it employed 45 full-time equivalent staff. The university’s mission is to promote the sustainable development of a knowledge-based society on a regional, national, and international level, and to provide high-level professionals to both the private and public sectors. In addition, ViA conducts research to address societal challenges. The university is a member of the European University Alliance, and is currently working on the “Engaged and Entrepreneurial European University as Driver for European Smart and Sustainable Regions” project. The Institute of Social, Economic and Humanities Research, which is involved in this project, was established in 2013 with the goal of conducting open and creative scientific research, making the results public, and promoting their application in the development of smart communities on various levels. ViA has extensive experience in areas such as strategic communication, disinformation, media and information literacy, civic participation, institutional, political and societal trust, and science literacy.
Representatives: Katrīne Kūkoja, Agnese Davidsone, Jānis Buholcs, Solvita Denisa Liepniece, Linda Veliverronena, Iveta Auniņa. NODIBINAJUMS BALTIJAS PETNIECISKAS ZURNALISTIKAS CENTRS (Re:Baltica; Latvia)