The Constitutional Assembly of the University of Latvia (UL) on Friday, March 1, elected Gundars Bērziņš as the new rector of the university in two rounds of elections. It is expected that the new rector will take office on March 27. His term of office will be four years.

The rector candidates were Dean and Professor Gundars Bērziņš of the Faculty of Business, Management and Economics and Professor of the Faculty of Business, Management and Economics of UL and advisor to the Rector of UL Signe Bāliņa.

88 votes were cast for Bērziņš in the first round, 96 voted against. 84 voted for Bāliņa, 100 voted against. In the second round, 106 of the participants voted for Bērziņš, 78 voted against. The election of the rector of the UL shall require at least 101 votes of participants of the Constitutional Assembly. In total, 188 participants of the Constitutional Assembly out of a total of 200 participants have registered for the election of the UL Rector.

Gundars Bērziņš is a professor, holder of a doctorate in management science (Dr. sc. admin.), leading researcher and corresponding member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences. Bērziņš started his work at LU in 2000 as a lecturer at the UL FBME, in 2003 he also became the executive director of the faculty. Later, from 2008 to 2010, he worked as the director of the Finance and Accounting Department of the ul. In 2010, he became the chancellor of the University of Warsaw, in 2014 he started a consecutive path to the status of professor, which he obtained in 2018. Bērziņš has been the dean of UL FBME since 2016 and has worked in this position until now. From 2019 to 2021, he was also the chairman of the council of AS "Olainfarm". Since 2023, Gundars Bērziņš has been a freelance adviser to the President on Latvian competitiveness and economic issues and an expert of the Saeima. His CV (in Latvian) can be found in more detail on the website dedicated to the rector's election.