BA School of Business and Finance is one of the leading, self financing business schools in Latvia. It was founded in 1992 as Banking College under the Bank of Latvia and in 1997 it was accredited as Higher Educational Institution, today known as BA School of Business and Finance offering studies to 1458 students. In 2017 BA School of Business and Finance is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
BA School of Business and Finance provides full cycle 14 higher education study programs at all levels – the first level higher education, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral study programs focusing on the niche of financial education and business management. All study programs have incorporated company traineeship as a compulsory requirement. The study process has gained international dimension. Every year the School receives international students.
The professional Master’s degree programme ”Creative Industries Management” was ranked 45 by EDUNIVERSAL Best masters ranking in section “Arts and Culture Management”/Eastern Europe.( 2015/2016 academic year). The professional Master’s degree programme ”International Finance and Banking” was ranked 13 by EDUNIVERSAL Best masters ranking under section ”Corporate Finance”/Eastern Europe(2015/2016 academic year).
The school is located in Riga at 2 premises at K. Valdemara Street 161 and at K.Valdemara Street 163.The total area of the building at K.Valdemara 161 is 6,475.10 m2. BA School of Business and Finance has their own residential facilities: Students hostel, which occupies 2,088.80 m2, the total of 75 rooms with 199 beds. It is located on the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th floors at K.Valdemara 161.
For study purposes at K. Valdemara 161 there are 10 modern classrooms with a total area of 862.50 m2 and 614 seats, including a conference hall with 168 seats All classrooms are equipped with modern technical facilities.
There are 2 computer labs at BA. The labs is equipped with 59 workstations. A brand new computer room was opened in 2017 with 45 stations at K. Valdemara 161. In addition, computer facilities are also available at the Library (21 stations).
So far more than 8000 finance and business professionals have graduated from the School. Today they work for leading companies, banks, auditing companies and various government institutions contributing to the growth of the whole sector with their knowledge and expertise. Graduates are nationally and internationally recognized entrepreneurs, managers, consultants, experts and professionals working both in public and private companies. The ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) as a learner-centred credit system is fully utilized at BA.
In 2015 BA was unconditionally reviewed for its internationalisation and awarded NIBS( Network for International Business Schools) accreditation as a NIBS International Business School meeting NIBS Accreditation Standards for the dimension of Internationalisation. The first NIBS accreditation was awarded in 2010.
BA has also obtained „Investors in Excellence” Quality Management Certificate by the British Quality Foundation thus proving that it meets the high internationally recognized standards EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management Excellence model). It was successfully recertified in 2016 for the award of the “Investors in Excellence” Quality certificate for the fourth time to be received in 2017.
In the recent years, BASBF has also expanded its cooperation outside Europe. Currently within Erasmus+ programme BASBF is running the project with non-EU countries. In 2016/2017 academic year from BASBF 3 academic staff members lectured in India and Russian Federation, Israel, but BASBF received 3 lecturers from India and Malaysia, accenting its internationalization.
Dr. sc. administr, associate professor, rector.