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.

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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.

RTU Organizes EUt+ Financial Management Staff Wee

During April 17th – 21st, Riga Technical University (RTU) successfully organized very first European University of Technology (EUt+) Themed Staff Week, Financial Management Staff week. The workshops were joined by 5 of the EUt+ partners, namely, University of Technology of Troyes (UTT) in France, Technical University of Cartagena (UPCT) in Spain, Technological University Dublin (TU-Dublin) in Ireland, Hochschule Darmstadt University of Applied Science (h_da) in Germany, and Technical University of Sofia (TUS) in Bulgaria along with the RTU staff members. During the week, workshops on topics such as financial and project management in cooperation, scientific and mobility projects were discussed.

On Tuesday, the opening day of the event, Artūrs Zeps, Vice-Rector for Strategic Development and Finance as well as the Deputy Rector for International Academic Cooperation and Studies, Igors Tipāns, gave an opening speech to welcome our guests as well as to kick-off the topic of financial management. The session was followed by a Keynote on Data Analysis from Ingars Eriņš of the Department of Artifical Intelligence and Systems Engineering. Following the opening session, a presentation from Liene Auziņa from Project Financial Management Unit was given on the RTU’s structure and financial management, followed by presentation on the EUt+ given by Kārlis Valtiņš, Head of the International Projects Unit, as well as about Capacity Building (CBHE) projects by Timo-Juhani Turunen and his team.

On Wednesday, financial management in scientific projects were discussed and we were joined by members from Latvian Science Council, who gave a throughout presentations on projects such as Postdoctoral Fellowships, Doctoral Networks, Staff Exchange, COFUND and MSCA and Citizens. We finished the working sessions with an Escape Room game that allowed our guests to practice some of the data analysis and finance skills in a fun, collaborative way.

Lastly, on Thursday RTU had invited member from Latvian National Agency to present on the mobility projects and financial management within those (KA131 & 171), as well as a workshop was conducted by the International Projects Mobility Unit on the challenges faced in the KA171 projects as they pertain to financial management.

Along the workshops on these projects, our guests had a chance to explore Riga during city tour, get familiar with our campus during the campus tour, as well as to socialize during the dinner hosted by RTU.

Capacity-Building Project SMARTI Teaching Staff Training in Liverpool

SMARTI is a three-year capacity-building project in higher education led by the Technical University of Dresden, aimed at developing and implementing English Media instruction pedagogical Core Curricula for higher education courses in Armenia. EMI has revolutionized language learning and educational curricula by empowering teachers and students, and this innovative project offers a sustainable model of teacher training and retraining based on EMI pedagogy integrated into student-cantered learning and the project method.

The partners from Europe and Armenia are having an intense training week at Liverpool Johns Moores University in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to work on the development of EMI modules. Riga Technical University will be represented on third day of the training by professors Tatjana Smirnova and Marina Platonova from The Institute of Applied Linguistics Read more about the project: About – SMARTI (smarti-erasmus.eu)

Project SUCCESS Training programs English for Engineers and Career Panel have started!

Project SUCCESS (Solutions for Unified Communication Competences for Engineering Students and Specialists) Training programs English for Engineers and Career Panel have started! Our partners at TU Dresden have welcomed us to Dresden and participants have already begun working on improving their soft skills with English for Engineers which aims to familiarize participants with English for Specific Purposes used in the field, and by participating in the Career Panel programme to learn how to acquire the skills required by the industries and labour market. It is always fun when all project partners – Riga Technical University, Pôle Léonard de Vinci (France), Technical University of Dresden (Germany), The Pyramid Group (Germany), Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (Spain) – and students meet together!

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RTU Receives A Visit from Danish Ambassador To Latvia

On February 10, H.E. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Denmark Mr Flemming Stender paid a visit to the Riga Technical University (RTU), to meet the management of the University and discuss further cooperation with higher education institutions in Denmark in studies and research, placing importance on possible joint activities in the fields of environment and green technologies.

At the beginning of the visit, F. Stender met with Rector Academician Leonīds Ribickis, Vice-Rector for Research Academician Tālis Juhna, Prof. Andra Blumberga from the Institute of Energy Systems and Environment (IESE) and Laura Štāle, Head of the International Cooperation Unit.

Afterwards, F. Stender visited RTU Water Research and Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory, Design Factory of the Science and Innovation Centre and laboratories of IESE.


EUt+ Financial Management Staff Week in Riga

Within the European University of Technology (EUt+) framework, Riga Technical University is organizing a Financial Management Staff week, which will take place in Riga, between April 17–21. The purpose of this program, is for the EUt+ staff members to exchange ideas and learn from each other to better improve their financial and project management skills.

The objectives of the week are to discuss different problem situations, and to work together to problem-solve such situations and to be better prepared and more efficient in the future. The targets of the program are three project areas, mobility projects, cooperation projects, and scientific projects. Therefore, we hope to host staff from EUt+ partners, that works within each of these projects.

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EUt+ Week Takes Place At Technical University of Sofia

The EUt+ week took place in Sofia, Bulgaria on January 16th – 20th. The focus of the week was to complete an application for the second phase of funding which is due in January 2023 and to work on specific work packages.

During the week different seminars and workshops were organized within multiple work packages, including focus on architecture and industrial engineering clusters. In addition, rectors meeting and steering committee meetings were organized.

Within work package 1: Project management support, a summary on phase one was developed, additionally, all kinds of reports from all partner-universities were put together and comprehensive summary was done on the things achieved during first phase of the project. All of this was done to help prepare for phase two of the project. Moreover, discussions about midterm reports, previous projects, EUt+ budget for 2nd phase, as well as issues from 1st phase took place during this week.

Within work package 5: Beyond mobility, work was done on continued development of student ePortfolio. This is currently under development for students to create a modern CV, with extensive information about their studies, how each course reflects to their final learning outcomes, as well as on their personal and professional experiences. The idea of ePortfolio is to allow students to reflect on their learnings and experiences, as well as on their mobilities completed at the partner universities.

This week was also the opportunity for EUt+ rectors to meet the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel. At this occasion, the rectors signed the Sofia Declaration, a document that reinforces the commitment of the alliance towards the realisation of its mission. Also, EUt+ rectors signed in Sofia two agreements, one on the creation of the EUt+ European Graduate Research School, and another on the EUt+ Open Research Statement.

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RTU Receives A Visit From Students Of Cyprus University Of Technology

RTU hosted a group of the students representing Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) – member of the European University of Technology (EUt+) alliance. Cypriot students got acquainted with study and research activities implemented at RTU, as well as learned more about university’s efforts in supporting creation of innovations and science-intensive business ideas.

This short-term mobility has been organized as part of development process of Master level cluster in Environmental Engineering within EUt+, aiming to converge progressively towards a common roadmap.

During the visit, students visited the Institute of Energy Systems and Environment, Baltic Biomaterials Centre of Excellence and Science and Innovation Center, getting more in-depth insight into the technical supply that is used for the provision of the study process and implementation of international research projects.

They had the opportunity to take part in the prototyping workshop organized by RTU Science and Innovation Centre, as well to meet the students of the Institute of Design Technologies, sharing experience and ideas.

RTU students of Environmental Engineering have already took advantage of short-term mobility opportunities, visiting CUT last summer.