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, June 17, at 4:00 PM (Helsinki GTM +3), 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.

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 3525 foreign students (full-time and exchange) representing 90 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.

 

Second Seminar of the European Culture and Technology Lab+ ‘Thinking Human First’ Seminar Series to Take Place

The discussion of the second seminar within the ECT Lab+ ‘Thinking Human First’ seminar series will focus on the quality of interpersonal relationships in the context of social media. The patterns of behavior projected in the cyberspace and the “colonization” of the human cognitive world with outer content, manipulation, idealization and /or omnipresent commercial messages are important factors in this context. To what extent, despite the advantages of digital communication, does it reproduce the preconditions for emotional alienation and difficulties in maintaining of full value relationships is the main question of the discussion. It is an attempt to clarify the benefits and harms of online communication and to explore new forms and ways of emotional experience of the technologically engaged individual in order to offer opportunities for prevention of counterproductive influences.

Date and time: Thursday the 27th of May, 17:00 CET

Webex link: https://utt.webex.com/utt-en/j.php?MTID=m2e4f6aa9412b02b69f3ced3d8a97a317

 

 

Leave No One Behind: B+NESDG: Bhutan + Nepal Higher Education for Accomplishing the Sustainable Development Goals

The International Projects Unit (IPU) of the International Cooperation and Foreign Students Department (ICFSD), RTU, has started implementing a new Erasmus+ capacity building project with partner universities from Spain, Greece, Nepal and Bhutan – B+NESDG. The aim of the project is to apply the Principles of Sustainable Development in two developing countries (Nepal and Bhutan) through:

1) Creating “integral institutions” that foment sustainability, inclusion and social responsibility in every part of the institutions.

2) Integrating education in Sustainable Development into Institutions of Higher Education using a quality-based, inclusive and equitable approach

3) Modernizing the current pedagogical framework to instill in students the knowledge, capabilities, values and attitudes necessary to become responsible citizens

4) Developing extended capabilities through training of the entire university community

5) Generating a new, flexible curricular framework through non-perspective nature of its content.

The activities and trainings foreseen in the B+NESDG project are centered on the Education, having as the main objective inclusion of sustainability principles within all aspects of institutional operations. In that way the project aims to strengthen the capacity of the higher education institutions from Bhutan and Nepal involved in the project (Royal University of Bhutan (RUB); Nepal Engineering College (NEC); Sagarmatha Engineering College (SEC); Kathmandu University (KU); Pokhara University (PU); Far-western University (FU) to support the process of achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) on a national level.

The project is coordinated by Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (Spain) – one of RTU’s partner universities within the European University of Technology (EUt+) initiative.

For more information about the project, please contact the International Projects Unit of RTU: Agnieszka Maj (Agnieszka-Kamila.Maj@rtu.lv)

https://bnesdg.eu/

RTU has started work on a new Erasmus+ Capacity Building project SMARTI

From April 2021 Erasmus+ Capacity Building project ‘‘Support for Innovative Methodology, Approaches and Tools for Teaching through the Medium of English in order to improve Educational Yield, Sustainability and Internationalization’’ (SMARTI) has started it’s implementation. Project team includes 15 partners from 6 countries and RTU is one of the four European partners that will help promote the excellence of education in a number of higher education institutions of Armenia and Russia by developing and implementing EMI educational programs and establishing EMI centers.

Partners of the SMARTI Project:
1. Technische Universität Dresden (Germany)- Project Lead Partner
2. Riga Technical University (Latvia)
3. Liverpool John Moores University (UK)
4. Universidade Catolica Portuguesa- Faculty of Biotechnology (Portugal)
5. Ogarev Mordovia State University (RF) –Lead Partner Russia
6. Irkutsk National Research Technical University (Russia)
7. Kazan Federal University (Russia)
8. Petrozavodsk State University (Russia)
9. Certification Association Russian Register (Russia)
10. Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia (Armenia) – Lead Partner Armenia
11. Vanadzor State University after H. Toumanyan (Armenia)
12. Armenian National Argrarian University (Armenia)
13. Nalbandyan State University of Shirak (Armenia)
14. Goris State University (Armenia)
15. National Centre for Professional Education Quality Assurance (Armenia)

The activities of this project are aimed at the formation of a sustainable and effective teaching environment in English in higher education. The project involves the development of methodology and practical tools, as well as direct training of faculty to work in English as a teaching environment.

One of the key planned results of the project will be an establishment of corresponding preparatory centers within the Russian and Armenian universities, whose area of responsibility will include activities for additional training of teaching staff, consulting, methodological and linguistic support for teachers teaching in English.

In the three-day online kick-off meeting representatives from all of the 15 member universities of the Project Consortium presented heir universities and project teams, as well as the importance of EMI in terms of the internationalization of universities. A number of working issues were discussed, management was clarified, as well as changes conditioned by COVID-19.

The duration of the Project is three years (2021 – 2024) and RTU in the project will participate in consultations during development of teacher competence descriptors, and will be involved into tuning of the monitoring methodology for PC universities. RTU will also organise a 10 days EMI training for EMI participants, as well as develop EMI training modules for them. RTU together with partners from Certification Association Russian Register (Russia) and National Centre for Professional Education Quality Assurance (Armenia) will manage the WP3 – Quality assurance and will lead a quality assurance seminar in the 3rd year of the project. Moreover, RTU will contribute to all planning and regular work management procedures and will be involved in all international project meetings, the key interim and final conference of the project.

For more information about the SMARTI project, please, contact the International Projects Unit of RTU: Ieva Ziemele, ieva.ziemele@rtu.lv.

Erasmus+ Capacity Building Project MEGA Seminar Results

Year 2021 marks the end of several Erasmus+ Capacity Building projects that the International Projects Unit (IPU) of RTU started implementing in 2017. The COVID-19 pandemic slowed down the implementation processes slightly, but fortunately all the projects were able to tackle these difficulties. One of the projects that managed to successfully complete its activities was MEGA – a project focusing on building capacity by implementing mhGAP mobile intervention in SADC countries. On May 7th the MEGA final conference – “New Dawn for Mental Health in Southern Africa” – took place, during which the main outcomes were presented to seminar participants.

RTU team was honored to present the MEGA mobile application designed for mental health screening and its development process. Also, other presentations given during the MEGA final conference displayed strong evidence that the MEGA application has already had a positive impact on the daily work of primary healthcare specialists in South Africa and Zambia. This is the reason why the MEGA application will be publicly available on Google Store after the project lifespan, thus supporting the sustainability of the project and the project outcomes.

All the consortium partners are extremely satisfied with the results achieved and hope that they will have the opportunity to continue the fruitful cooperation within the fields of health care, mental health and beyond. More information about the MEGA project is available on the project website: https://mega.turkuamk.fi/

   

EthiCo – Project Focusing on Ethics and Ecology in Technological Education

As a member of the European University of Technology (EUt+), Riga Technical University (RTU) is committed to strengthening its relations with all EUt+ partners not only within the European Universities initiative, but also by implementing other joint research and cooperation projects. One of the projects aimed at broadening cooperation among all EUt+ partners is EthiCo – an Erasmus Strategic Partnership (KA203) project with the aim to develop new approaches to ethics and ecology in technology education. The project is coordinated by Professor Noel Fitzpatrick from Technological University Dublin (Ireland) who is also leading a structural unit within EUt+ – the European Culture and Technology Lab (ECT Lab+). All ECT Lab+ partners are also actively involved in the EthiCo project: TU Dublin, University of Technology of Troyes (France), Hochschule Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Riga Technical University (Latvia), Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Technical University Sofia (Bulgaria), Cyprus University of Technology (Cyprus) and Technical University of Cartagena (Spain).

ECT Lab+ aims to develop research in the arts, humanities and social sciences within EUt+ and focus on science and technology that includes philosophy of technology. EthiCo is the first ECT Lab+ project that has received funding and its importance is explained by Prof. N. Fitzpatrick as follows: “With the advent of ecological transition, ethical and ecological questions have tended to converge in relation to the development and impact of technologies; the focus of the project will be to develop ethical frameworks in order to better understand the ethical implications of technological development in and for society in a time of transition.”

ECT Lab+ partners are currently developing a new project application that will add an additional dimension to the topics addressed by EthiCo and focus on the study of aesthetics. For more information about the EthiCo project and the work of the ECT Lab+, please contact the International Projects Unit of RTU: Anete Beinarovica (anete.beinarovica@rtu.lv)

DOMINO – Educational mobile application for prevention of Domestic Violence

Riga Technical University (RTU) is happy to announce that work with “DOMINO – Educational mobile application for prevention of Domestic Violence” project has started. The project was kicked off by a two-day online meeting hosted by Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS) from Finland. TUAS team has a long-lasting history of working with domestic violence, prevention of which is the key focus of the DOMINO project.

The pandemic has brought us a deadly virus and the results are reported daily on all the global news channels. With COVID-19 being the main focus, other problems that existed already before the global pandemic and continue to get worse are receiving less media coverage. The COVID-19 pandemic has kept people locked in their homes for more than a year, making domestic violence more and more frequent.

The DOMINO consortium aims to tackle the increasing domestic violence problems by providing an educational mobile application, which aims to increase end users’ knowledge about domestic violence and ways of preventing it. Previous fruitful cooperation with TUAS within the framework of the MEGA project (“Building capacity by implementing mhGAP mobile intervention in SADC countries”) allowed RTU to be nominated as the technical partner of the DOMINO project. RTU team will use the competencies developed in previous projects and develop Intellectual Output 3 – the DOMINO mobile application.

       

Scholarship for students interested in business development in Finland and Latvia

 

The Finland-Latvia Business Association scholarship is awarded to a student from Latvia or Finland, who is interested in developing the bilateral business relations between Finland and Latvia.

Whom

This scholarship is for a student from the university or university for applied sciences in Latvia or Finland and the student is going to defend his/her Bachelor’s or Master’s Thesis in the academic year 2021/22.

The scholarship is awarded based on applicant’s topic for thesis that is related to finding new business opportunities or new technologies to be implemented to start-ups or industries to strengthen and increase bilateral business relations between Finnish and Latvian enterprises.

Scholarship

The scholarship is 1,000.00 euros and it is granted once a year for one student. The scholarship is paid in two instalments. The first instalment is paid after the thesis topic is accepted by the respective university. The second instalment is paid after the student has presented the thesis to the Finland-Latvia Business Association.

The student receiving a scholarship is required to present the thesis to the Finland-Latvia Business Association after it is successfully defended in the respective university.

How to apply

Please, send your informal justification why you should be considered for a scholarship (max. length 500 words) to Ms. Anne Hatanpää, Secretary General, Finland-Latvia Business Association by 30th June 2021. Address: anne.hatanpaa@chamber.fi

Finland-Latvia Business Association – bridge between Finnish and Latvian companies.

The task of our association is to support Finnish and Latvian companies in finding each other. We share information and experiences between different stakeholders. We have been doing this work for over 20 years. Our active members will ensure that our work continues for at least the next 20 years.

Students’ qualifications and market-needed competencies: gap analysis conducted by STREAM project consortium coordinated by RTU

Riga Technical University, as the coordinator of STREAM project (University Student Capacity Building: Towards Readiness for Sustainable Development-Oriented Regional Job Market), co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, together with:

  • Institutions from programme countries: University of Applied Sciences Dresden, Polytechnic University of Cartagena
  • Institutions from partner countries: Nile University, Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology, South Valley University, Wuzzuf, Al Alfi Foundation, University of Mostaghanem Central, University of Tlemcen, Princess Sumaya University for Technology and Irbid National University

is pleased to share the very first outcomes of the project activities.

The Gap Analysis was the first milestone in achieving the ultimate objective of the STREAM project, which is to develop a generation of globally-exposed university graduates, equipped with essential character, social and cognitive skills blended with and into academic and subject-matter competencies, with a higher degree of readiness for the fast-evolving community and job market, and who are capable to integrate effectively in a multi-cultural, diverse ecosystem. 

Concluding Work Package 1 (Preparation) of the STREAM project, the analysis – necessary to identify the fine-tuned implementation steps of the entire project – will help to increase the awareness of the current employability & market-needs compatibility situation and pave the road for guided development of the project activities towards its goal.

With the actions taken to deliver this analysis the STREAM consortium has:

1) identified the current state of the graduates’ academic-complimentary qualifications and competencies at the participating countries and the MENA region in general, as well as in the EU;
2) inspected current and future market trends and needs in terms of skills and competencies of the graduates in the participating MENA partner countries and the EU;
3) spotted competence gaps between (1) and (2) in the participating MENA partner countries;
4) defined best practices and made a recommendation to bridge competency gaps in five academic-complimentary skill categories (personal, social, analytical, cognitive intellectual).

The infographic presents the main findings for EU countries participating in the surveys. Please, refer to the attachments (Survey Reports and Gap Analysis) to access detailed information regarding the methodology and findings.

Gap Analysis

Survey 1.1 Final Report

Survey 1.2 Final Report

Survey 1.3 Final Report

General Final Report

 

                                             

 

The content of this publication represents the views of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility. The European Commission and the Agency do not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.”.[1]


[1] https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/guidelines-studies-publications-by-external-organisations_en.pdf

 

Italian Ambassador gets acquainted with RTU Study and Research Activities

On 23 April, His Excellency Ambassador of the Italian Republic Mr Stefano Taliani de Marchio paid a working visit to Riga Technical University’s (RTU) Ķīpsala Campus to acquire a deeper insight into the development of its infrastructure, technical supply, as well as to meet with students from Italy and university representatives who are actively implementing study and research activities in cooperation with higher education institutions in Italy.

Among the issues under consideration, significant importance was given to the development of the international summer school “Nonlinear Life”, established by RTU International Cooperation and Foreign Students Department (ICFSD) and the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Nanotechnologies in 2017, to be held in Italy for the second consecutive time. In 2019, the Summer School was held in Trieste in collaboration with the University of Trieste, and this upcoming summer from 26 to 29 July it will take place online in cooperation with the University of Bergamo. In the summer of 2022, it will be held in the city of Bergamo.

The Ambassador met with the representatives of the Institute of Energy Systems and Environment of the Faculty of Electrical and Environmental Engineering (IESE FEEE) at RTU – Italian citizens, Professor Francesco Romagnoli and Professor Claudio Rochas. They informed the Ambassador about the institute’s activities, with particular emphasis on its active cooperation with partner institutions in Italy in the implementation of international projects, the provision of student placements and the development of joint theses.

Prof. Romagnoli gladly acknowledged that the successful cooperation between IESE and ICFSD fosters the attraction of next generation’s researchers from Italy, which will contribute to the development of Latvian science in the long run. For instance, a graduate of RTU’s partner university – University of Insubria – plans to arrive in Riga in May 2021 (has implemented Erasmus+ mobility twice at RTU during Master’s studies, including development of a joint Master’s thesis and scientific publication in cooperation with Prof. Romagnoli) to be involved in international scientific projects, as well as to start the application process for doctoral studies at RTU. IESE also implements joint activities with other higher education institutions in Italy, such as Marche Polytechnic University, University of Milano-Bicocca, University of Brescia, University of Perugia, Politecnico di Torino and Sapienza University of Rome.

Mr Stefano Taliani de Marchio visited FEEE and the Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications, meeting with the deans of both faculties, Professor Oskars Krievs and Professor Jurģis Poriņš, as well as the Laboratory House and the Anthropometry Laboratory introduced by the head of FEEE Ergonomic Electrical Technology Research Laboratory, Ms Inga Dāboliņa.

During the working visit, Mr Stefano Taliani de Marchio, Deputy Rector for International Academic Cooperation and Studies, Mr Igors Tipāns and Project Manager of ICFSD, Mr Ēriks Badamšins, discussed the possible establishment of Italian language courses at RTU.

In March 2021, ICFSD prepared and submitted an application to receive financial contribution from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy to establish Italian language courses at RTU. The purpose of establishing these courses is to provide RTU students and staff the opportunity to learn Italian language and elements of culture associated with it. The desirable outcome of implementing this initiative is to increase interest in Italy as an Erasmus+ destination for exchange studies and staff visits, as well as to amplify the brand of Italy as a reliable ally from the standpoint of implementing joint scientific projects and organizing cultural events.

At the end of the working visit, the Ambassador, Mr I. Tipāns, Prof. Romagnoli, Prof. Rochas and Mr Ē. Badamšins headed to RTU Ķīpsala colonnade where the meeting with Italian students, who are currently implementing Erasmus+ mobility or are enrolled in full-time study programs taught in English, took place.

This Ambassador’s working visit to RTU Ķīpsala Campus was a continuation of an introductory visit to RTU hosted by RTU’s Rector, Academician Leonīds Ribickis, in February 2020, and the discussion between Mr Stefano Taliani de Marchio, Mr I. Tipāns and Mr Ē. Badamšins in March 2021.

RTU has signed 25 agreements with higher education institutions in Italy and the active cooperation has resulted in an increased number of students – 51 students from Italy enrolled at RTU during the 2019/2020 academic year.

During the working visit of the Ambassador, the Latvian government restrictions related to Covid-19 were observed.

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