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.