1 Liepaja University (LATVIA)
2 Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies (LATVIA)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2019 Proceedings
Publication year: 2019
Pages: 6657-6662
ISBN: 978-84-09-08619-1
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2019.1617
Conference name: 13th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 11-13 March, 2019
Location: Valencia, Spain
Economic priorities in the world over the past few years have changed radically. The concept of sustainable development, the basis of which is the formation of a "green" economy, has become a generally recognized development paradigm. The world economy is moving to a new technological order, and one of the leading places in this structure is occupied by bioeconomy. It will contribute to the transition to sustainable development, the transformation of many sectors of the economy, the introduction of innovations and the acceleration of scientific and technological progress, and most importantly - the improvement of people's well-being and their quality of life. A reflection of these processes has been the rapid growth of markets for goods and services in the bioeconomy in the world and in many countries. Despite the fact that the "green" economy is an important part of the state policy of Latvia, the implementation of initiatives related to the "green" economy in universities takes place against the background by the lack of development of the "green" economy in the country, as there are a number of barriers to this process. The introduction of “green” technologies in universities in Latvia is more episodic than systematic and not always actively supported by students, staff and management. The purpose of this study is to develop the concept of interdisciplinary education in the field of bioeconomy. To achieve this goal, it is necessary to identify the main factors for the development of a green economy in the country, to formulate the main tasks of Latvian universities to solve this problem, and to determine the main aspects of the implementation of the concept of interdisciplinary education in the field of bioeconomy. The implementation of the proposed concept will contribute to the formation of knowledge related to the bioeconomy and will contribute to the training of young leaders who, through practice-oriented activities, will understand the significance of the transition to the principles of a green economy. The result of the interaction of faculties, for example, humanitarian and natural sciences can be an interdisciplinary study, training of specialists with fundamental and applied competences, the formation of expert groups to solve complex interdisciplinary tasks. Universities will be more competitive at the international level; they will be able to attract young ambitious researchers who want to achieve high results in a research career.
“green” economy, interdisciplinarity, bioeconomy, higher education, researches.