As part of EEA grants and Norway grants project “Mobility in political science and Sociology” (EEZ/NFI/S/2015/024) PhD students - Aleksandra Kjakste, Ieva Daniela Beinaroviča un Sigita Struberga – were given an opportunity to spend three months at Akershus University College in Norway to intern and do independent research.
The students point out that not only has this internship allowed them to expand their knowledge in their respective fields using the wide array of literature, data banks and other sources of information, it has also expanded their horizons regarding wider socio-political processes in Europe by looking at them from a different angle. Additional knowledge was also acquired regarding the methodological aspects of doing research. All of this together is invaluable. The students put a special emphasis on the benefits derived during consultations with the university’s staff and other specialists. This has been a significant contribution to their further academic development. Thus, several new publications have been written and further work was done on their dissertations. The students also took part in a symposium and presented their own reports.
The social capital acquired while working with the staff of the university and other PhD level students is of no less significance, and provides an opportunity to look in the direction of further academic cooperation as part of various projects and other forms of collaboration, or has simply allowed to form strong bonds of friendship with representatives of various countries who share the same interests.
EEA grants and Norway grants project “Mobility in political science and Sociology” (EEZ/NFI/S/2015/024) manager – associated professor Dr.sc.pol. Iveta Reinholde. More information about the EEA/Norway grants program “Research and scholarships” can be acquired on the web page of the State Education Development Agency of the Republic of Latvia at www.viaa.gov.lv, or on: www.eeagrants.org, www.norwaygrants.org.