Latvian Maritime Academy (LMA) is the first and only institute in Latvia to provide higher maritime vocational education and training for the maritime industry on a regular basis.
The roots of maritime education in Latvia may be traced back more than 200 years. The first Maritime School in Riga was started in 1789.
Latvian Maritime Academy enrolled the first students as part of the Kaliningrad Institute of Fishing Industries on 1 October 1989 therefore this year is considered the foundation year of LMA. On 25 July 1990, LMA became one of the faculties of Riga Technical University.
It was in January 1993 when Latvian Maritime Academy became a fully independent educational establishment.
The aim of the Academy is to provide students with a balance of academic education, professional training and practical skills in order to respond to a wide spectrum of needs in the maritime industry. LMA graduates well-qualified mariners in the technical areas of navigation, marine engineering, marine electrical automation, and port management. LMA trains officers for the Latvian Navy.
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