This summer from July 9 to 23, 2018, the Riga Technical University (RTU) organized the summer school “Cultural shock and social innovations”, the scientific program was developed especially for 30 students from the RTU partner higher education institution in France – the EPITA (Computer Science Academy). In organizing this Summer School, its organizers – RTU Foreign Students Foundation and Short-Term Courses Unit – upon request of the partner institution, adapted the scientific content of the event to the study profile of the participants.
Namely, students were invited, using their computer literacy skills, to develop projects in areas such as cultural change, urban social ecosystems, sustainable and social entrepreneurship. At the same time as lectures and IT-related companies such as Draugiem Group and DATI Grupa, students were offered several discussion evenings where they discussed with their RTU representatives the ideas of their projects and issues related to their development. At the end of the summer school, students from France successfully defended their projects under the guidance of an international commission composed of representatives from RTU and its partner universities – Kyungpook National University in Korea, Tirana Polytechnic University of Tirana in Albania and the University of Kadi Ayyad University) in Morocco.