Latvian state scholarships
In accordance with bilateral agreements on co-operation in education and science concluded between Latvian government and a few countries Latvia offers scholarships to foreign students, researchers and teaching staff for studies, research and participation in summer schools in Latvian higher education institutions (HEIs) in the 2019/2020 academic year. The Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia has delegated the administration of the Latvian state scholarships to the State Education Development Agency (Valsts izglītības attīstības aģentūra – VIAA).
My name is Ilya Jackson, a PhD student and Latvian state scholarship holder. I am currently studying for a doctoral degree at the Transport and Telecommunication Institute in Riga as part of the programme “Telematics and logistics”. Based on my work experience, I came to a conclusion that logistics in general and inventory management in particular lack the scientific approach and mathematical methodology. Unfortunately, this deficiency may cause entire sectors of economy to stagnate. Nevertheless, the Stone Age did not end for a lack of stones. This field unambiguously needs a breath of fresh air and new solutions.
I found Latvia in general and Transport and Telecommunication Institute in particular the best possible platform for my research for several reasons.
Firstly, according to the report of the Latvian Ministry of Economics in 2015, logistics accounts for more than 10% of total Latvian GDP, which promotes the rapid development and digitalization in the field. Secondly, the Transport and Telecommunication Institute has fascinating history, perfect reputation and strong cross-disciplinary focus. Lastly, I considered this programme as a great opportunity to get in touch with Latvian culture, language and educational system that I genuinely appreciate.
Latvian state scholarship helped me a lot removing the financial constrains that tremendously restrained the potential of my research dedicated to the applications of artificial intelligence in inventory management and logistics.
Moreover, this scholarship has inspired and endowed the unlimited motivation.
I am cordially thankful for that and sincerely hope that my work will eventually contribute to science and serve Latvian economy.