On March 2, the Ambassador of Latvia Mr Andris Teikmanis attended the “Baltic 100” event and celebration at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA). University of Washington is the only higher education institution in the United States that has Baltic Studies Program (at the Department of Scandinavian Studies) where among other subjects American and other students may study Latvian, Estonian and Lithuanian languages. There are two PhD students from Latvia at the university.
During his visit, the Ambassador met with the leadership of the University, sat in during a Latvian language class and enjoyed a concert by the University’s choir singing in Baltic languages. The Ambassador gave a lecture about Latvia and participated in a discussion about the economic development of the Baltic countries. The University of Washington is a leading university known for its programs in medicine, engineering and language studies.
The day prior, the Ambassador visited Microsoft headquarters in Seattle where engineers demonstrated some of the most innovative technologies in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and driverless cars, which are areas that Microsoft is glad to have close cooperation with partners in Latvia at the Microsoft Innovation Center at the University of Latvia that was opened last September.
Ambassador Teikmanis also paid a visit to Snohomish County (WA), where he discussed dynamic developments in the high-tech industry, as well as possible areas of cooperation with Latvia and its universities. The Ambassador was also shown a county resolution honoring him on his visit and congratulating Latvia on 100 years since the proclamation of statehood.
The State of Washington and its largest city Seattle is one of the leading technology centers in the United States. Well-known companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, Boeing, and others are based in the state due to investment friendly policies. Latvia is represented in the State of Washington by the Honorary Consul Mr Stephen Zirsky.