RTU promotes self-leadership through the Erasmus+ project EU-leadS

Since March 2022, Riga Technical University works in cooperation with partners from Italy and Spain (Dramblys, FacilitAscolto and CNAAbruzzo) to enhance self-leadership skills for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs-to-be.

Through the Erasmus+ project EU-leadS, RTU has been actively participating in the development of resources aiming to reinforce its mission of equipping its students with transferable skills. Indeed, the objective of this initiative mainly concerns the development of methods and approaches encouraging the learning of self-leadership skills in entrepreneurship and European SMEs. To do so, RTU has focused on working with students from all programmes and collaborating with the Latvian NGO Riga TechGirls, which has shared its valuable experience and expertise.

After a fruitful learning mobility hosted by Dramblys in November 2022, the International Projects Unit at RTU has offered two workshop session on self-leadership to students. During 2 hours, participants have been able to learn and share about self-awareness, self-empathy, setting goals aligned with values, recognition of emotions, and so on, using tools developed by the EU-leadS partners. In the same way, RTU provide its students with resources on virtuous practices, tools and testimonies, guidelines for using tools and methods as well as a report on the lessons learned, these documents being available both in English and Latvian in this article.

In May 2023, RTU and Riga TechGirls project managers participated in the dissemination event hosted by CNAAbruzoo, in Pescara, Italy. During the event, the members of the consortium have shared about their different perspective on the continuous learning of self-leadership in different environment to external stakeholders, and explored together potential follow-up intiatives.

More information can be found on the social media dedicated to the project.

Compendium of good practices – ENG LV

Train-the-trainer sessions Guidelines – ENG LV

French Alumni Day event in RTU “The Moon” hall

On May 18, RTU’s Science and Innovation Center hall “The Moon” hosted a French Alumni Day event. The round table discussion organized by the French Institute and the French Embassy in Latvia brought together interested students, who had the chance to learn about the opportunities of academic and professional study programs offered by French universities. Among the discussion participants were: the Director of the French Institute in Latvia Mr. Jean Lamy, RTU Deputy Rector for International Academic Cooperation and Studies Mr. Igors Tipāns, representatives of the French companies “Schneider Electric Latvia” and “Axon’ Cable”, as well as student Artūrs Pupiņš, who received the French government scholarship for studying in Toulouse. At the end of the discussion the audience was also addressed by France’s ambassador to Latvia – H.E. Ms. Aurélie Royet-Gounin.

RTU receives visitors from the Karlovac Technical school, Croatia

During May 16-18 Riga Technical University (RTU) received visitors from the Karlovac Technical school (Croatia), who were here to represent their EU project – the Regional Centre of Competence “KaRijERA i JA” for technical vocational education.

The delegation consisted of 15 professors in technical areas of secondary vocational education and student mentors – entrepreneurs who work in technical fields. During the visit, the guests were involved in several learning and practical activities organized by the RTU Science and Innovation Centre, Lab House, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Transport and Aeronautics and the Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications.

The Centre “KaRijERA i JA” aims to implement a pioneer way of educating secondary school students and adults by including entrepreneurs from the technical field and by involving more practice in the education system, including teacher training and implementation of modernized programmes. Therefore, the goal of the visit was to observe, gain knowledge and experience needed in order to use it in the establishment of their new vocational education modules that are adjusted to the needs of the contemporary job market.