Summer School for Doctoral Students “From Zero to PhinisheD”

Are you a doctoral student interested in enhancing your research skills while connecting with peers from other European universities? If yes, then the Summer School ‘From Zero to PhinisheD’ is for you!

European University of Technology (EUt+) is pleased to announce a Summer School for doctoral students that will take place at the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) in Limassol, Cyprus on 4-8 July 2022. The Summer School is offered by the Learning Development Network of the CUT and is addressed to doctoral students at the EUt+ universities.

About the course

The Summer School is a one-week programme combining a wide range of sessions on communication, sustainability, and research, as well as various social activities. All sessions will be facilitated by local and international academic staff members and experts.

The Summer School aims to introduce you to your new role as PhD student and to offer you tools to manage your project, research education, work/life balance and the collaboration with your supervisor(s). The course is a combination of lectures, discussions, exercises and networking activities.

The programme includes:

  • One week of stimulating in-person sessions on communication, sustainability, project management, and research skills
  • Accommodation at the University student halls
  • Daily coffee breaks and lunches
  • Free access to the University’s Sports facilities
  • Free bicycle transportation
  • Sports program that includes morning exercise, yoga and water sports
  • Cultural events, a tour of the city and excursions

The organiser

The Cyprus University of Technology, established in 2007, is a modern and innovative university with international recognition which promotes excellence in education and research in cutting-edge fields. In less than 14 years of operation, the CUT has occupied high positions in well-known international ranking lists.

Limassol, Cyprus’ second largest city, is a vibrant metropolis and a bustling holiday resort. A city that is open and welcoming to different cultures, Limassol is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Cyprus, both for its fabulous beaches and its cultural offerings.

Cost

The cost of the programme is 450 Euros which covers accommodation, meals, cultural events, excursions, and materials. The educational programme is offered for free. Places are limited, so if you are interested in developing your skills and meeting other young people at a sunny location, then this is the place for you!

Registrations

Book your place here for registering in the summer school.

ECTS

CUT Summer School will offer participants the possibility of being assessed for the purpose of requesting official credit transfers (ECTS). Successful completion of the Summer School is credited with 4 ECTS.

Dates

4-8 July 2022

Language

English

Funding

Eligible for short-term training mobility under the KA1 Erasmus Programme. Please contact your International Office/Erasmus Office for further information.

ECT Lab+ and RTU Offer A Webinar Entitled “Think Human First”

The seminar series “Think Human First” is offered by the European Culture and Technology Laboratory (ECT Lab+), the European University of Technology (EUt+) and the Riga Technical University. This session will have an architectural focus on the “Cities of Tomorrow”, and it will be held on April 26, 2021, 15:00 CET (16:00, Riga).

Guest speakers:

Anna Olha, PhD Student at RTU Faculty of Architecture. “Adapting Public Space to AgeInclusive Pattern Using the Smart City Framework”.

Prof. Sandra Treija (Vice Dean for Research) and Dr. Alisa Korolova (Researcher), RTU Faculty of Architecture. “Digital Social Innovation in Public Open Space Revitalisation”.

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://rtucloud1.zoom.us/j/96393992771?pwd=NndLanBFTTNzQmtlRm5lamVlWTJlQT09

ECT Lab+, as a transdisciplinary collaborative structure, conducts cutting-edge research and in-depth investigations into the nature and function of technology. Its objective is to clarify and promote a specific European model around technology while helping legal and regulatory frameworks to evolve in a relevant direction. With this aim, the ECT Lab+ propose a seminar series “Think Human First”.

RTU, University of Bergamo, Embassy of Italy and Embassy of Latvia in Italy Sign The Patronage Agreement For The Summer School «Nonlinear Life»

On April 7–8, delegation of Riga Technical University (RTU) led by its Rector Academician Leonīds Ribickis paid a working visit to the University of Bergamo (UniBg) in Italy, in order to strengthen relations with its management and other structural units, discussing cooperation in studies, science, valorisation and the role of the Latvian and Italian ambassadors in the further development of the joint summer school «Nonlinear Life».

RTU delegation together with the Ambassador of Latvia to Italy H.E. Mrs Solvita Āboltiņa met with Rector of University of UniBg Professor Sergio Cavalieri, Vice-Rector for Research Professor Silvio Vismara, Vice-Rector for International Relations Professor Flaminia Nicora, Delegate for Strategic Partnerships and International Networks Professor Dorothee Heller, Head of the International Office Elena Gotti and Delegate for internationalisation of Engineering Department Professor Maria Sole Brioschi.

During the meeting, the parties discussed the achievements in the field of studies, science and culture, as well as outlined the strategic importance of the Latvian Embassy in Italy and the Italian Embassy in Latvia in the further development of co-operation. S. Cavalieri and L. Ribickis signed a Memorandum of Understanding, reaffirming the strategic importance of six years of active bilateral cooperation and expressing their commitment to develop it on matters such as the exchange of knowledge, students and researchers and the organization of joint activities.

During talks, special attention was paid to the summer school «Nonlinear Life» established by RTU in 2017, which is organized by both universities for the second consecutive year – remotely in 2021, and in 2022 – both remotely and in person in Riga and Bergamo. Before departure towards Bergamo, the Patronage Agreement for the summer school was signed by the Ambassador of Italy to Latvia H.E. Mr Alessandro Monti, while RTU Rector, UniBg Rector and the Latvian Ambassador to Italy signed it during the meeting in Bergamo. More information about the activity and application can be found on the summer school website.

RTU representatives also visited the UniBg Engineering Campus in Dalmine, the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the Department of Economics and an innovation district «Kilometro Rosso».

At the end of the visit, RTU representatives went to the city of Clusone, where they met with former Rector of UniBg Professor Remo Morzenti Pellegrini, Mayor of Clusone Massimo Morstabilini and President of the choir «Idica» Simona Visinoni, to discuss further cooperation in the knowledge exchange and implementation of joint cultural activities.

The RTU delegation consisted of the Rector, Deputy Vice-Rector for Research Professor Gatis Bažbauers, Deputy Director of Study Department Uģis Citskovskis, Director of the Innovation and Technology Transfer Center Laila Eliņa, Rector’s Assistant Betija Blaževica and Project Manager of the International Cooperation Unit Ēriks Badamšins.

This was already the third institutional visit within the framework of the bilateral cooperation. In March and September 2019, visits took place in Bergamo and Riga led by the rectors of both universities. It should be noted that in September 2019, a joint concert performed by RTU Women’s Choir “Delta” and Italian Men’s Choir “Idica” took place in Riga, initiated by former Rector of UniBg Professor Remo Morzenti Pellegrini.

RTU Suspends Cooperation With Russian And Belarusian Universities

War in Ukraine started by Russian Federation and supported by Belarus has dramatically changed existing scientific and academic cooperation structure in Europe.

Riga Technical University in its March 28 Senate’s decision has expressed its support for the people of Ukraine:
“The RTU Senate expresses its support for the people of Ukraine (Україна) in the fight against the genocide perpetrated by the Russian Federation (Российская Федерация) against the people of Ukraine and condemns the war in Ukraine caused by the Russian Federation.
The RTU Senate expresses special support for students and teachers in Ukrainian educational institutions.”

In the same time, we feel inappropriate to continue any cooperation with universities of a country causing immense suffering of civil population and destroying education system of Ukraine, also a country supporting this aggression of the Russian Federation. Any agreements with universities of the Russian Federation and Belarus are suspended from April 5, 2022.

We Invite Ukrainian Students And Academic Staff Members To Continue Their Studies And Work, Which Were Interrupted Due To The War, At RTU

Riga Technical University (RTU) invites Ukrainian students and academic staff memebers who have to leave home due to the war started by Russia to continue their academic work in Latvia at RTU.

«RTU is an international university, we are tolerant of all nationalities, but by no means of an aggressive government, which allows genocide against an independent nation. We are together with the Ukrainian people, who are fighting for their independence,» says RTU Rector Leonīds Ribickis justifying the position of RTU.

We are waiting for Ukrainian students and academic staff members

RTU offers study places to Ukrainian students, and job opportunities to academic staff members so that they can continue their studies and research work, which were interrupted due to the war, in Latvia, RTU.

Students from Ukraine are admitted to RTU as mobility students on the recommendation of the Ministry of Education and Science. Those who are willing to continue at RTU their studies that were started in Ukraine, first, need to get acquainted with RTU study opportunities (https://international.rtu.lv/) in order to find a programme corresponding to their studies started in Ukraine.

Please send the application for studies to admission@rtu.lv.

In turn, questions from students and teachers about study and research opportunities will be answered by the Deputy Rector for International Academic Cooperation and Studies of RTU Igors Tipāns – igors.tipans@rtu.lv. In turn, this website (https://www.ukraine-latvia.com/) provides general information on where and what support and assistance refugees from Ukraine can receive in Latvia.

Accommodation at RTU

RTU offers refugees accommodation in its hostels, where several immigrants have already settled. In order to live in RTU service hotels, refugee status must be applied for.

To find out about accommodation opportunities, please write to dana.smutova@rtu.lv.

RTU support

Since 24 February, when Russia started the war in Ukraine, RTU has been offering both practical support to its international students from Ukraine and to Ukrainian refugees who entered Latvia after the beginning of the war.

In order for the Ukrainian refugees to receive financial support, RTU Development Fund has started collecting donations, inviting RTU employees, students and cooperation partners to donate funds to Ukrainian students and academic staff members. The donations will be used to provide financial support to the Ukrainian refugees in order to cover their daily expenses and to start studies and work in Latvia. It is also planned that RTU Development Fund, together with its cooperation partners, will offer Ukrainian students paid internships in the summer period.

Twenty international students from Ukraine are already studying at RTU, and starting from March, RTU will award them scholarships so that the students can live and study in Latvia when there is the war in their homeland. In individual discussions with the students, the personal needs of each person are identified in order to be able to help accordingly.

RTU has sent letters to its 13 partner higher education institutions in Ukraine, as well as to the Embassy of Ukraine in Latvia, offering the opportunity for Doctoral students of partner higher education institutions to continue their research work, which was interrupted due to the war, at RTU.

Since 1 March, the Ukrainian flag has been flying in RTU campus in Ķīpsala. It was raised in solidarity with Ukraine and to express support for its struggle for land and independence.

Apply For Erasmus+ Scholarship For Traineeship

Would you like to gain work experience, improve your professional skills and employability? Would you like to feel 100% ready for labour market after your graduation from university? Apply for Erasmus+ scholarship for traineeship until March 31 and do a traineeship, for example, this summer or up to one year after your graduation from RTU.

Fill the online application at OutgoingExchange.rtu.lv, adding your CV, transcript of records and write a motivation letter.

There are several Erasmus+ traineeship types:

1) mandatory traineeship, in case it is planned in your RTU study plan;

2) voluntary traineeship, for example, in summer;

3) recent graduate traineeship within one year after graduation from RTU (applying for scholarship while still a student).

Minimum traineeship period is 2 months, maximum 12 months – counting together traineeship mobilities and study exchange mobilities. After graduations students can do a traineeship up to 6 months within one company, several traineeships are possible.

The maximum traineeship scholarship currently for can reach 850 EUR/month.

Useful information about Erasmus programme is available here: http://ej.uz/ErasmusMobility.

In case of any doubts, contact coordinator Ms Inga Riharda via Inga.Riharda@rtu.lv.

Meet RTU 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 2022,which will take place on Tuesday, March 8, at 3:00 PM (Helsinki GTM +2), aiming to take you to a journey through a whole study experience taking place at RTU Ķīpsala Campus – the most modern engineering study center in the Baltic States.

Register in advance for this webinar:

Participants of RTU Open day will have opportunity to meet our international admission team members, who will introduce you to RTU study offer and explain admission requirements.

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 4009 foreign students (full-time and exchange) representing 104 countries. International students can choose from a wide range of courses taught in English within 57 study programs – international.rtu.lv.

What better way to stay connected with us than through the images and stories we are sharing on Instagram and Facebook

Statement from Deputy Rector, professor Igors Tipans

Dear international students of Riga Technical University,

Today we express solidarity with people of Ukraine in its dark hour, heroically fighting with Russian invaders. More than 30 years ago in similar meetings in Stockholm, Copenhagen and elsewhere friends of the Baltic countries supported our willingness to live in a free and democratic society. Now it is our turn to defend willingness of Ukrainian people to be free, to defend their democratically elected structures against a brutal military force.

Many of us have friends in Ukraine, in Universities of Ukraine. There are Ukrainian students at the RTU. We will support them by all available means.

In the same time we are safe in Latvia as a member of the NATO and the European Union. As NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that “Russia’s attack on Ukraine has shattered peace in Europe … the alliance would defend “every inch” of its members’ territory”.

For us it means that people in Latvia can feel safe – just as people in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France or any other NATO member state.

There are no worries of financial or energy shortages. Latvia produces large part of electricity needed, and we have sufficient gas reserves for this year. Latvia is a part of the Eurozone.

In the same time the EU air space is closed for Russian planes, and students coming to the RTU should be careful with the selection of their flight route.

Today most of the classes have started in physical mode. I truly hope that we have very efficient semester and we will be able to solve problems created by Covid.

I wish you all the best.

Be safe!

 

Professor Igors Tipans

Deputy Rector, International Cooperation and Studies

RTU, Providing Support To Ukraine, Offers PhD Students To Continue Their Research Work In Riga

Riga Technical University (RTU), in solidarity with the Ukrainian academic community, offers support to PhD students at partner universities and invites them to continue their research work at RTU that was interrupted by the war in Ukraine. On Wednesday, February 24, RTU sent such an invitation to all its partner universities in Ukraine, as well as to the Embassy of Ukraine in Latvia.

«Russia has started the war in Ukraine today. RTU is in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and is ready to support its partner universities in Ukraine by providing funding for Ukrainian PhD students to conduct their doctoral research at RTU and to continue their research work despite Russian aggression in Ukraine. In this difficult time, we are with you,» stated in the letter signed by RTU Rector Leonīds Ribickis.

RTU is convinced that such a step will not only support young scientists, but also strengthen Latvian–Ukrainian cooperation in education and science.

Interested parties should contact RTU by e-mail – international@rtu.lv.

RTU has historically had close scientific and academic ties with many Ukrainian universities. RTU cooperates with 13 Ukrainian higher education institutions:

  1. Odessa National A. S. Popov Academy of Telecommunications (ONAT);
  2. Chernihiv National University of Technology;
  3. Kharkiv National Automobile and Highway University;
  4. Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University;
  5. Kryvyi Rih National University Lviv;
  6. Lviv Polytechnic National University;
  7. The National Pirogov Memorial Medical University;
  8. National Aviation University;
  9. National Aerospace University Kharkiv Aviation Institute;
  10. Odessa National Academy of Food Technologies;
  11. Prydniprovs’ka State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture;
  12. Sumy State University;
  13. National Technical University of Ukraine.

On 27 January 2022, RTU signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chernihiv National University of Technology in Ukraine, expressing its commitment to developing cooperation between the two universities in education and science.

ECT Lab+ Is Looking For Volunteers To Review The Papers Presented During Its First Conference

On December 2021, the European Culture and Technology Lab (ECT Lab+) organised its first annual Conference. The ECT Lab+ is a structural unit of the European University of Technology (EUt+) whose purpose is to develop research in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences within EUt+ while focusing on science and technology that comprises philosophy of technology.

During this two days event, researchers and artists presented their papers on a large panel of topics focused on questions related to architecture, ecology, circular economy, negathropocene, artificial intelligence, noodiversity and many others.

Hence as an outcome of this event, ECT Lab+ is planning to publish the proceedings of the Conference with the new EUT Academic Press. As part of this endeavor, ECT Lab+ is looking for volunteers to join a peer reviewer panel to review submissions. Reviewers will be asked to review a maximum of two papers by February 28.

If you are interested, please send an email to Conor McGarrigle at conor.mcgarrigle@tudublin.ie – our colleague from the Technical University of Dublin – with your discipline and keywords for your area of expertise. If you would like more information on the ECT Lab+ first conference, please click here.