Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences and LMT Sign a Memorandum of Understanding

On Friday, October 16, the mobile telecommunications operator LMT and Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences signed a Memorandum of Understanding, expressing their commitment to promote mutual transfer of experience and knowledge in order to strengthen capacity and research opportunities in the fields of cooperation applicable in the national economy.

The planned cooperation covers important topics such as cybersecurity and critical infrastructure, modern ICT solutions for the economy and society as a whole, analysis of big data in business, Internet of Things and its applications, as well as virtual and augmented reality opportunities in the national economy.

"The key to future success is clearly a business-science partnership. By combining industry experience and university infrastructure, as well as research potential, together we can improve technology solutions and integrate them into various areas of practical life, making everyday processes more efficient. As evidenced by the successful cooperation of LMT with the University of Latvia and Riga Technical University, it always bears fruit because it is possible for the parties to implement projects together that would be difficult to implement separately,” said LMT President Juris Binde.

By signing the memorandum, LMT will ensure testing and validation of research results in the business environment, mutual exchange of experience of staff for the implementation of research and academic activities, support for the transfer of industry experience in study and research process development, use of infrastructure and data for joint research activities, cooperation for the implementation of international research projects and consulting on structuring and using big data in research.

In its turn, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences plans to identify the needs of the industry more precisely and purposefully implement international research projects and corresponding academic activities by using laboratories and infrastructure and attracting international research and academic staff.

"For universities, cooperation with leading industry companies is both a valuable investment, contributing to the development of innovations and a benefit because such exchange of experience allows adapting the study content to the real needs of the industry," said Gatis Krūmiņš, Rector of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences.