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Agreement signed between Vidzeme University College and "Valmiermuižas alus" (Valmiermuiža brewery) to promote tourism in Vidzeme
This is a first agreement of its kind in Vidzeme in order to promote cultural and culinary tourism between a private venture and university

The cooperation between the Vidzeme University College and Valmiermuiža Brewery will bring closer the theory and praxis, ensure internship opportunities for students from the University - an interesting hands-on experience


During the meeting in the small brewery, it was pointed out that fresh and innovative ideas are crucial for development and this cooperation would allow the students to learn from the professionals.


Mr. Aigars Ruņģis, the head of the brewery, said that: "There has been a lot of criticism regarding the practical experience amongst the students, after they graduate the University. Therefore the right approach would be to change that, and I am really happy that Vidzeme University College has provided an answer for the problem."


Ms. Vija Daukšte, head of the Vidzeme University College pointed out that "this is an excellent "best practice" example and the next step to prove that the College is closer to its vision, where various knowledge has been successfully merged with a real life experience.


The cooperation will start from the October 10th onwards, with a student visits to the brewery. In the future there are a lot of planned activities, including the cooperation in order to carry out a scientific research about the culinary tourism. The best authors will receive a financial aid and resources to bring their ideas to life.


About "Valmiermuiža brewery"
"Valmiermuiža brewery" is a small brewery near Valmiera, located on the historical site of old Valmiera manor. About 2.5 Million LVL have been invested since, and the new, light beer has been offered to the customers since March 2009.


Additional information:
Ms. Margrieta Akmens, SIA "Valmiermuižas alus"
Phone.: +371 29188230, E-mail: margrieta.akmens@gmail.com

Zane Leimane, Vidzemes Augstskola (vidzeme University College)
Phone.: +371 64207811, mob. +371 26182244, E-mail: zane.leimane@va.lv


Date: 05.10.2009

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