Riga TU Information and Study Centres opening

On 5 October in the presence of Deputy Rector of Riga Technical University (RTU) Prof Igors Tipans, Deputy Director of Riga Technical University (RTU) International Cooperation Foreign Students department Ms Zane Purlaura, academics, ministry officials, RTU current and prospective students and their parents of Sri Lanka, the opening ceremony of the new premises of Riga TU Information and Study Centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka took place.

Deputy Rector of RTU Prof Igors Tipans and Deputy Director of RTU International Cooperation Foreign Students department Ms Zane Purlaura were present also at the opening ceremony of Riga TU Information and Study Centre in Chennai, India on 6 October. Following the opening ceremony, which took place in accordance with local traditions, a press conference was held in which Indian press and television representatives were widely represented. During the press conference, RTU professor Igors Tipans emphasized that the main goal of the centre is to bring the different study systems of Latvia and India closer together and to create a permanent link between Indian universities, colleges and RTU.

RTU long experience of working with Indian students has made it possible to evaluate the Indian students’ previous education background and to conclude that RTU can deepen students’ theoretical knowledge and practical skills in their chosen specialty. The practical applicability of the knowledge gained at RTU that has stimulated the interest of Indian students in studying at RTU, especially in Master’s programs.

On 9 October, the Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia to India Artis Bertulis visited the RTU Study and Information Centre in in Chennai, India.

RTU position in the leading global university rankings is growing, largely due to its purposeful internationalization policy and the growing number of study programs in English. European, Asian and Latin American students have appreciated the quality of RTU study programs, and their numbers are steadily increasing, reaching over 3,500 students from 80 countries last year.

In order to improve the academic quality of Asian students and to assess their ability and readiness to study at RTU in English, RTU is purposefully investing in the region by opening information and study centers. Such centers provide RTU with a permanent presence in the region and serve as a platform for student assessment, promote academic visibility and help to build closer collaboration between RTU and leading Indian and Sri Lankan universities in both academic and scientific fields.

A Joint Concert Performed by RTU Women’s Choir “DELTA” and Italian Men’s Choir “IDICA”

We have currently been very active in implementation of joint study and research activities with higher education institutions in Italy, and as the culmination of the whole bonding process was the concert performed by RTU Women’s Choir “DELTA” (Artistic director – Ms. Eliza Hvane, Conductor – Ms. Inta Eizenberga-Cermane) and Men’s Choir IDICA (conductor – Mr. Gianlorenzo Benzoni) from the Italian city of Clusone by taking us to a musical journey through Italian Alps.

We would like to convey our sincere gratitude to Professor Remo Morzenti Pellegrini, Rector of University of Bergamo (UniBg) for initiation of idea to bring together two choirs in Riga, as well as to Mr. Aldo Valeo, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Italy in Latvia for attendance of the concert by showing Embassy’s interest and readiness to contribute in amplification of cooperation between RTU and Italy.

We would like to emphasize presence of UniBg students – Ivonne Verga, Roberto Barnaba un Sebastien Henri Gaspare Luchsinger – who are currently implementing Erasmus+ exchange at RTU. We strongly believe that students play a very significant role in constituting long-lasting relationship between higher education institutions.

The concert was planned and organised by Ms. Asja Visocka, Director of RTU Culture Center in cooperation with Ms. Simona Visinoni, President of Men’s Choir Idica, supported by Professor Igors Tipans, RTU Deputy Rector for International Academic Cooperation and Studies and co-presented by Ms. Lisa Carraro, Men’s Choir IDICA Presenter and Mr. Eriks Badamsins, responsible for RTU’s cooperation with Italy.

RTU intends to expand cooperation with universities in Italy

On September 16–20, representatives of RTU International Cooperation and Foreign Students Department – Director, Professor Igors Tipans and Project coordinator, Mr Eriks Badamsins – visited Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, University of Trento and Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.

The purpose of the visit was to meet the representatives of above-mentioned Italian universities to discuss possibilities for establishing cooperation in studies, research, as well as in implementation of joint projects and summer schools within different fields.