The two universities will collaborate in student recruitment to attract high potential students from Ukraine for SSE Riga’s undergraduate programme. Talented Ukrainian students with outstanding results in math and English and a strong interest in economics will be encouraged to apply to continue their studies at SSE Riga – a leading business school located in the vibrant capital of Latvia.

During their studies at SSE Riga, where the programme is delivered in English by international faculty, students will also benefit from lectures delivered by KSE professors. They will also have the possibility to attend an elective course at KSE. The collaboration will provide SSE Riga students, irrespective of their nationality, with internship opportunities in Ukraine.

To facilitate the Ukrainian applicants, SSE Riga will provide students with dormitories and offer full support with the visa application and residence permit. The School also cooperates with the Ukrainian Embassy in Riga, which has a dedicated person to assist students who wish to study at SSE Riga.

After completing the bachelor programme at SSE Riga, students will have the possibility to continue their studies in a master’s programme at the Kyiv School of Economics. SSE Riga graduates with outstanding results will benefit from priority access to Kyiv School of Economics master’s programmes, in particular to the KSE-University of Houston dual master’s degree programme.

 “We are honoured to collaborate with one of the most prominent educational institutions in Ukraine. The main objective of our cooperation is the mutual student and academic exchange between the two institutions. What makes this programme particularly attractive is that it allows Ukrainian students to study abroad while at the same time keeping academic and professional links with Ukraine. In recent years we have had talented and highly motivated students from Ukraine and I am very much looking forward to welcoming new Ukrainian students at SSE Riga,” states SSE Riga Rector Anders Paalzow.

“International cooperation is the most effective way for universities to benefit from each other’s experience and to create new exciting opportunities for their students. We are eager to develop joint study and research programmes with SSE Riga and hope that this cooperation will encourage even more Ukrainian and international students to get high-quality globally oriented economics and business education from SSE Riga and KSE,” commented KSE Academic Director Olesia Verchenko.

Since its inception in 1994, SSE Riga has acquired a reputation as the leading international business school in the region. According to the prestigious Financial Times Ranking of Top European Business Schools 2017, SSE Riga, as part of the SSE Group, is the #1 business school in the Nordic region and CEE. In 2018, SSE Riga was ranked as the most valued business and economics study programme by employers in Latvia. SSE Riga graduates have outstanding employability – 75% get jobs even before graduation, while many pursue their studies at some of the most prestigious institutions in the world. Through education, research and participation in policy debates, SSE Riga contributes to the economic and social development of the region.

The Kyiv School of Economics is the premier graduate school of economics and management in Ukraine, offering degree programmes in economics, public policy and governance, and management as well as educational programmes in economics journalism and procurement. The KSE faculty is considered to have the best economists in Ukraine and is actively involved in both academic research and public debates. Of the top 15 economists in the Forbes Top Ukrainian Economic Thinkers, 13 are faculty at or graduates of KSE. More than 130 KSE alumni earned their PhD from top Western universities and are now professors at institutions such as Princeton, NYU, Cornell, Pennsylvania, Yale, California/Berkeley, Cambridge, Oxford, the Stockholm School of Economics and many others.