Governing Board of the European University of Technology Meets for the First Time

On 26 January 2021, the first European University of Technology (EUt+) Governing Board meeting took place, gathering student representatives and rectors of all involved universities, as well as external experts. Following the preventive measures for COVID-19, the meeting was held in a safe online environment.

In the first EUt+ Governing Board meeting RTU was represented by its Rector, Academician Leonīds Ribickis and the President of the Student Parliament, Lāsma Līga Reisa. The Head of the International Projects Unit of the International Cooperation and Foreign Students Department and the coordinator of the initiative at RTU, Kārlis Valtiņš, also participated.

During the meeting, Tine Delva, representative of the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission, delivered a presentation on the “European University” initiative of the Erasmus+ program, which is employed in the development of the proposal for creating a uniform EUt+ alliance. A deeper insight into the regulations and the terms of reference assigned to the EUt+ Governing Board were also provided, emphasizing the Board’s role in achieving a common goal. Its successful implementation is based on the following activities:

  • formulating the EUt+ position within the long-term strategy of all universities involved;
  • promoting student and staff mobility among the alliance’s partners;
  • aligning the content of engineering education at the European Union level.

The rectors of the universities involved in the EUt+ development process gave presentations on their institutions, while the student representatives discussed various issues related to the representation of students’ interests within the alliance.

The eight members involved in the creation of the EUt+ are: RTU, University of Technology of Troyes (France), Technological University Dublin (Ireland), Technical University of Sofia (Bulgaria), Cyprus University of Technology (Cyprus), Hochschule Darmstadt: University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (Romania) and Polytechnic University of Cartagena (Spain).

6.25 million EUR have been allocated for the implementation of the project.

RTU Participates in the First Online Meeting of the European Universities

On 4 November, Rector of Riga Technical University (RTU), Academician Leonīds Ribickis, Kārlis Valtiņš, Head of the International Projects Unit and Oleksii Avdieiev, student representative of the European University of Technology (EUt+) at RTU, participated in the first webinar “European Universities – first and second call” hosted by the European Commission.

The rectors from all 41 European University Alliances that received funding in the first (in 2019) and second call (in 2020) came together. The rectors discussed the transformational potential of European Universities, the support of the EU Member States for the initiative, as well as emphasized the important issue of student involvement in the development process of the projects.

To emphasise the importance of student engagement for the European Universities Initiative a parallel session for students of all funded alliances took place. The workshop gave students the opportunity to discuss best practices and to share their visions and recommendations for establishing European Universities.

RTU holds the first European Universities Breakfast Meeting in Latvia

On October 9, International Cooperation and Foreign Students Department of Riga Technical University hosted the very first European Universities Breakfast Meeting involving the representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science and four Latvian higher education institutions selected for the European Universities Initiative.

The purpose of this meeting was to share experience, ideas and views on the major managerial matters related to the implementation process of the European Universities initiative all the parties are working on in conjunction with other universities from different European countries. Additionally, representatives of the four Latvian higher education institutions explored possibilities for further cooperation in exchange of good practices and dissemination of the information.

We would like to convey our gratitude to the Vice-Rector for Humanities and Social Sciences of University of Latvia, Prof. Ina Druviete and her team – Alīne Gržibovska, Sintija Maculeviča and Sintija Ķestere – for sharing in-depth insight into their experience and several key takeaways from the first year by implementing the project “Fostering Outreach within European Regions, Transnational Higher Education and Mobility” and the detailed and constructive comments about the project “For Common Fine Arts Curriculum” and its first year of implementation given by the Head of Project and Development Department of the Art Academy of Latvia, Jānis Gailītis.

Since we are going to begin our journey towards formation of the European University of Technology on the 1st of November (preliminary starting date), we would like to express our sincere thanks also to the Administrative Vice-Rector of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Iveta Putniņa for sharing their experience and challenges that come along with a preparatory process before launching the project “Engaged and Entrepreneurial European University as Driver for European Smart and Sustainable Regions”.

We would like to highlight the insightful contribution brought to the discussions by Daiga Ivsiņa, an expert at the Ministry of Education and Science, enriching our understanding regarding different organizational matters.

We hope this meeting will serve as a basis for further cooperation between our universities and supporting each other in the establishment process of our each separate European University.

Invitation to RTU 61st International Scientific Conference section

International Cooperation and Foreign Students Department of Riga Technical University invites you to the International Education / European University Initiative Section of the 61st RTU International Scientific Conference taking place on 16th of October at 10:00 (Riga time), online platform ZOOM.

Unified and strong European Union universities, joint diplomas, conditions and requirements for obtaining higher education – so ambitious are the goals of the EU, which are also shared by Riga Technical University (RTU). With the support of the European Commission, RTU has joined forces with seven other universities from different European countries with the ultimate goal to build a single European University of Technology (EUt+).

In this section, current topicalities in international education in general as well as future perspectives within the framework of the European Universities initiative by the European Union will be discussed by the representatives from Riga Technical University and other universities of the EUt+ consortium.

CONFERENCE AGENDA HERE

Moderator of the section: Kārlis Valtiņš, Head of the International Projects Unit, International Cooperation and Foreign Students Department of Riga Technical University.

CONFERENCE FEE

The conference is free of charge and anyone interested is welcome to join the conference. No prior registration is required.

VENUE

Conference via ZOOM platform here.

LANGUAGE

The conference language is English.

CONTACTS

In case of questions related to the section “International Education / European University Initiative”, please contact us via e-mail (Karlis.Valtins@rtu.lv, Ieva.Ziemele@rtu.lv) or by phone +371 67089185.\

More information about the RTU 61st International Scientific Conference can be found on the conference website here.

Become a student representative of the European University of Technology at RTU!

Riga Technical University has joined forces with 7 other European higher education institutions to create a joint model of a European University of Technology (EUt+) within the next 3 years, which would be more competitive on an international level than any of the universities individually. More information on the EUt+ initiative is available in here.

Taking into account that the EUt+ development process will significantly affect all departments of RTU as well as the overall image of the university, it is crucial for the entire university, especially RTU students, to be involved in the process of creating a joint EUt+. RTU student representatives have to be ready to be actively involved in the work of EUt+, cooperate with students from other consortium universities, write and implement joint projects, participate in the decision-making process and meetings in all 8 EUt+ universities.

If you are ready to become a representative of EUt+, please fill in this form until September 20th.

If any questions arise, feel free to contact the International Projects Unit of RTU: rtuipu@gmail.com

Technological University Dublin announces call for a postdoctoral research vacancy

In connection with the opportunity gained by Riga Technical University and seven international partners to develop proposal for the creation of the European University of Technology (EUt+), one of the alliance partners – Dublin Technical University (TU Dublin) in Ireland – announces call for post-doctoral research in the area of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.

The application for post-doctoral research vacancy is open until September 28, 2020. More information about the vacancy and application procedure read here.

RTU engages in the formation of the European University of Technology

United and strong universities of the European Union (EU), uniform diplomas, terms and requirements for higher education – so ambitious are the aims of the EU, in implementation of which Riga Technical University (RTU) is involved along with the other seven universities from different European countries, with the support of the European Commission (EC) in developing its proposal for creation of a uniform European University of Technology (EUt+). Read more