Daugavpils University was founded in 1921 and today is the biggest regional state university and the only university in Eastern-Latvia.
DU offers to achieve knowledge in 5 faculties and 52 study programmes. Main research disciplines of DU scientists are Literary Science, Linguistics, History, Biology, Environmental sciences, Physics, Economy, Sociology, Psychology, Education and Art.
DU has eight research centres, almost all of them have allocated the means of various EU projects and have purchased modern equipment (e.g. ZEISS laser scanning microscopes), which allows to conduct high level research in various fields.
DU has long traditions of organizing various conferences in very diverse branches of science, e.g. Scientific Readings, Slavonic Readings, International conference „Research and conservation of biological diversity in Baltic region". In Autumn semester DU is organizing an annual Science Festival.
Daugavpils University is contributing to social awareness of science by organizing various science communication events. Since 2006 DU organizes Daugavpils Science Festival (the only science festival in Latvia) and since 2007 participates in Researchers’ Night. DU scientists participate in various other events with interactive experiments, exhibitions, discussions and shows aiming at bringing science closer to public.
DU has an advantage to be located in multicultural environment. We cooperate with approximately 80 institutions worldwide and recently we became a member of EUA. Our University participates in international Erasmus programme. We have 66 partners in 19 countries.