FEEM Scientists and Doctoral Students Attend a Prestigious Conference in Denmark

From 5th to 7th August Doctoral students from the Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management Svetlana Mjakuškina and Maija Kavosa as well as Professor Inga Lapiņa participated in the 20th International Scientific Conference on topical issues in quality management “QMOD-ICQSS Challenges and Opportunities of Quality in the 4th Industrial Revolution”, in Helsingør in Denmark.

The founders and organizers of the conference from Sweden Prof. Dr. Jens J. Dahlgaard of Linköping University and Prof. Dr. Su Mi Dahlgaard-Park of Lund University noted that “QMOD-ICQSS” has become one of the largest scientific conferences in the world devoted to quality, service, organizational development and related issues. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the conference. More information on the conference website.

The conference also presented the scientific publications of our faculty representatives:

Imants Meiers-Meiris, Jānis Mazais, Inga Lapiņa “Risk Management Framework for Integrated Management Systems”,

Svetlana Mjakuškina, Inga Lapiņa “The Product Conformity Assessment Elements in the Inetegrated Managment System”,

Maija Kavosa, Inga Lapiņa, “Certification Process in the Field of Energy Construction in Latvia: Risk Analysis”.

Professor Inga Lapiņa led the ISO 9000 Quality Management System section of the conference. She received a certificate of gratitude for her contribution to the conference work. Professor has participated in the work of the conference scientific committee, article review and section management since 2014.




FEEM Scientists Present the Results of Their Research in an International Conference in Orlando, USA

An international scientific conference “The 21st World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics: WMSCI 2017” was held in Orlando in the United States in the first half of July, where the academic staff of the Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management organized a conference section and participated with readings of the research results.

At the conference section “Transformation of Education and Research: Applicability and Sustainability” they presented the results of the project “EU policies impact to the transformations of the higher education and research system in Norway and Latvia” (VIAA identification number NFI/R/2014/006) of the EEA and Norwegian Financial Instrument Program “Research and Scholarship”. This project, which was implemented by the FEEM from 2015 to 2017 under the supervision of RTU docent M. Ozoliņš and the leading expert of the project Prof. E. Gaile-Sarkane and Prof. I. Lapiņa. The work of the conference section focused on wider dissemination of project results and presented four articles prepared during the project:

Ingars Eriņš, Jana Eriņa “Assessment of the Factors Influencing Higher Education Funding Policies”

Tatjana Ņikitina, Inga Lapiņa “Overview of Trends and Developments in Business Education”

Anita Straujuma, Inga Lapiņa, Elīna Gaile-Sarkane, Modris Ozoliņš “Policies, Legislation and Regulatory Compliance Governance Impact on Strategic Management of Higher Education and Research Institutions in Latvia”

Andrejs Geske, Dina Bērziņa “A Two-Speed Europe in the Area of Research”

The article by Anita Straujuma, Inga Lapiņa, Elīna Gaile-Sarkane, Modris Ozoliņš was nominated the “Sessions’s Best Paper Award”.



25th INFORUM World Conference

The 25th INFORUM (INterindustry FORecasting at the University of Maryland) World Conference was held in Riga from August 28th to September 1st, 2017. Economic researchers from five continents discussed development and application of econometric, input-output and INFORUM-type models used for analysis and forecasts of economic development and industry structure dynamics (Fig.1).

Fig.1. Opening speech by Prof. R.Počs, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management, Riga Technical University (RTU) (T.Juhna, the Vice-Rector for Research, RTU and D.S.Meade, the Director of INFORUM at the presidium table).

 The scientific project of the INFORUM model development was started 50 years ago. It is now being successfully developed by the scientists of the University of Maryland under the supervision of C.Almon. The project unites scientists and scientific institutions from 24 different countries – the USA, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand and Turkey.

Fig.2. Participants of the Conference.

Each year the conference is organized by one of the partner countries. This year the conference was organized by the Department of International Relations, Transport Economics and Logistics of the Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management at Riga Technical University. The conference brought together researchers from 14 countries: the USA, Italy, Germany, China, Japan, South Africa, Russia, Poland, Turkey, Estonia, Hungary, Chile, Korea and Latvia (Fig.2).

Fig.3. Prof. T.Juhna, the Vice-Rector for Research of Riga Technical University giving a speech.

At the opening of the conference T. Juhna, the Vice-Rector for Research, RTU informed the participants about the University and its scientific achievements. He also pledged his support for scientific research of INFORUM project network (Fig.3).

Fig. 4. Assoc.Prof. V.Ozoliņa presenting a report.

Assoc. Prof. V. Ozoliņa and Prof. R. Počs from Riga Technical University, Latvia presented their study on competitiveness analysis using macroeconomic models (Fig.4). Scientists from other countries gave their reports on analysis and modelling of structural changes,  labour migration and human capital, different aspects of value-added trade and other results of research (for example, Structural Changes of Chinese Economy – Based on Input-Output  Analysis (S. Li), Assessing the Economic Contribution of Labour Migration in South Africa by a Dynamic Multisectoral Macroeconomic Model (D. Mullins, P. Nkosi, D. Mosaka), Trade in Value-Added and Labour Productivity (T. Hasegawa), Explorations of U.S. Tax Reform (D.S.Meade)). Participants of the conference presented and discussed the latest achievements, improvements and updates on development of dynamic input-output INFORUM models. In addition to scientific report sessions, the conference also featured a workshop on the specialized modelling software Portable Dyme, its specifics and application.

Fig.5. D.S.Meade, the Director of the INFORUM from the USA and Prof. R.Počs from RTU signing the cooperation agreement.

Signing the cooperation agreement between the national partners of the INFORUM network on August 31st was a significant event at the conference (Fig.5).