European Culture and Technology Lab+ Kicks-Off the ‘Thinking Human First’ Seminar Series

The roundtable discussion of the first seminar will focus on the question of ‘Thinking’ in the statement ‘Think Human First’. The question of what does it mean to think (human first) has become urgent with the growth of AI and social networking platforms and the immanent nature of climate change. There is an inherent tension within the statement to “think human first”, which on the one hand implies recentring technological development on human(ity), such as ethical and societal implications of technology, on the other it implies that a privileging the human (anthropocentrism) has led to the climate disaster (Anthropocene). The panel will set out to pose the question of ‘thinking’ in the 21st Century.

Date and time: Thursday the 29th of April, 17:00 CET – 18:30 CET

Webex link ECT Lab+ Seminar: https://utt.webex.com/utt-en/j.php?MTID=m8dc3917832f17bce91c3bf626dfc3111

TIC Cruz del Sur Capacity Building Project with Latin American Universities Comes to an End

On March 23 and 24 representatives of the International Cooperation and Foreign Students Department (ICFSD) of Riga Technical University participated in the final meeting of the Erasmus+ KA2 Capacity Building project TIC Cruz del Sur – “Use of ICT for integral management of internationalization in Latin America” (Uso de las TIC para la gestión integral de la internacionalización en América Latina). Taking all Covid-19 restrictions into account the meeting was organized online by the project coordinator University of Murcia (Spain) and attended by all 10 member institutions of the consortium representing 6 countries – Honduras, Panama, Argentina, Spain, Latvia and Portugal.

The implementation of the TIC Cruz del Sur project began in October 2017 and the project consortium was formed on the basis of an Erasmus Mundus Action 2 project CRUZ DEL SUR which aimed to promote mobility on all levels among the participating Latin American and European higher education institutions (HEIs). RTU hosted numerous students and staff members from Brazil, El Salvador, Panama, Honduras and other Latin American countries within the framework of the CRUZ DEL SUR project and positive feedback from the mobility participants was one of the main reasons why RTU was invited to be a part of TIC Cruz del Sur too. TIC Cruz del Sur was developed as a continuation of CRUZ DEL SUR and aimed to enhance capacity for international cooperation between universities in Latin America’s least developed regions and HEIs in EU countries, by facilitating transfer of knowledge and best practice by creating IT’s tools for the management of mobility programmes as a part of a future internationalization strategy that may positively contribute to their development.

During the first day of the final meeting, the management of all HEIs reflected on the challenges the global pandemic has created and how internationalization activities of the universities have been affected by it, as well as summarized the outcomes of the project and expressed their ideas for future cooperation. RTU was represented by Deputy Rector for International Academic Cooperation and Studies Professor Igors Tipans who expressed RTU’s interest in continuing to work with TIC Cruz del Sur partner institutions and expand the cooperation activities to scientific research. The second day of the meeting was dedicated to administrative issues, overview of the results achieved within different Work Packages as well as quality monitoring implemented by RTU. Latin American partners presented their experience and impact of the project to their institutions.

Similarly to developing TIC Cruz del Sur on the basis of a previous project, the consortium plans to continue cooperation and use the current structure and results as a basis for the next joint project. Both CRUZ DEL SUR and TIC Cruz del Sur have helped RTU strengthen cooperation and expand the partnership network in Latin America significantly and there is no doubt that cooperation with these institutions will continue in the future.

Experience the University at RTU Open Day

International Cooperation and Foreign Students Department of Riga Technical University is pleased to invite prospective international students to A Virtual RTU Open Day 2021, which will take place on Thursday, April 8, at 10:00 AM (Helsinki GTM +2), aiming to take them to a journey through a whole study experience taking place at RTU Ķīpsala Campus – the most modern engineering study center in the Baltic States.

Participants of RTU Open day will have opportunity to meet our current international student from Russia, who will share his experience and give a broader view on how university life is like from a study process, campus life, environmental and social engagement standpoint.

RTU International Cooperation and Foreign Students Department is the university’s structural unit, which has been working with international students coming from all around the world for more than 25 years. Our international community gathers 3525 foreign students (full-time and exchange) representing 89 countries. International students can choose from a wide range of courses taught in English within 57 study programs – international.rtu.lv.

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