ERASMUS+ KA2 PROJECT “MEGA” Meeting in Bloemfontein

During a period of three days (10.04.2018 – 12.04.2018) Erasmus+ KA2 capacity building in higher education project “MEGA” (Building capacity by implementing mhGAP mobile intervention in SADC countries) consortium partners met for a working session in Bloemfontein, South Africa, hosted by University of the Free State. During the meeting, RTU was represented by a team of five people who addressed administrative, mobile application development-related and content-based issues of the project implementation. As the project is reaching its first milestones (functional framework of the mobile application, precise dissemination and quality measures, protocol for research in South Africa and Zambia), it was important to agree upon the next steps of the project as well as the roles and responsibilities of all partners. Meeting was attended by Turku University of Applied Sciences (Finland), HTW Hamburg (Germany), Riga Technical University (Latvia), University of Zambia (Zambia), Stellenbosch University (South Africa), University of the Free State (South Africa) and University of Cape Town (South Africa).

In addition to the scheduled working sessions, Riga Technical University team members visited local healthcare institutions and conducted expert interviews with a local psychiatrist, ICT staff and primary healthcare workers. These activities allowed to summarize and conceptualize the framework of the mental health mobile phone application to be developed within the project.

YouTube video has been created for Project promotion.

Conference and Exhibition APAIE 2018

From 25 – 28 March 2018 in Singapore, representatives from the Riga Technical University (RTU) took part in the annual Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) 2018 Conference and Exhibition. During the event, which was hosted by National University of Singapore and three co-hosting universities (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Management University, and Singapore University of Technology and Design), RTU met with representatives from partner and non-partner universities worldwide and explored opportunities for academic collaboration.

The APAIE conference is the key event for international partnerships for the Asia Pacific region. More than 2,000 recruitment professionals gathered in Singapore.

Next APAIE 2019 will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

More information https://www.apaie2018.org/

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Open Call to Latvian Government Scholarships

In accordance with bilateral agreements on co-operation in education and science concluded between Latvian government and a few countries Latvia offers scholarships to foreign students, researchers and teaching staff for studies, research and participation in summer schools in Latvian higher education institutions (HEIs) in the 2018/2019 academic year. The Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia has delegated the administration of the Latvian state scholarships to the State Education Development Agency (Valsts izglītības attīstības aģentūra – VIAA).

Read more: http://viaa.gov.lv/eng/international_cooperation/scholarships_gov/latvian_scholarships/

 

ERASMUS+ KA2 PROJECT “TIC CRUZ DEL SUR”

RTU FSD International projects unit has succesfully initiated Erasmus+ KA2 Capacity Building in Higher Education project entitled TICRUZ “Use of ICT for integral management of internationalization in Latin America”.

The key objective of the TICRUZ consortium is to enhance capacity for international cooperation between universities in Latin America’s least developed regions and HEIs in EU countries, by facilitating transfer of knowledge and best practice in transparency and credit recognition. Furthermore it aims at promoting the exchange of knowhow and good practices among the partnership HEIs, thus creating IT’s tools in the management of mobility programmes as a part of a future internationalization strategy that may positively contribute to their development. This project will capitalize on the strengths of existing partnership, Erasmus Mundus CRUZ DEL SUR. It consists of 10 full member HEIs, targeting a total of 6 countries, 3 in Latin America: Honduras, Panama and Argentina; and 3 in Europe: Spain, Latvia and Portugal. Most of the Latin American HEIs (4 from 6) are situated in vulnerable areas (Less Developed Regions), into which the project intends to make a big impact.

1st consortium meeting took place in Murcia, Spain 28.11.2017. – 30.11.2017.

ERASMUS+ KA2 PROJECT “EXTEND”

RTU FSD International projects unit has succesfully initiated Erasmus+ KA2 Capacity Building in Higher Education project entitled EXTEND “Excellence in Engineering Education through Teacher Training and New Pedagogic Approaches in Russia and Tajikistan”. Project consortium consists of 11 higher education institutions coming from Latvia, Romania, Portugal, UK, Russia and Tajikistan.

During the period of 3 years, project consortium will be working together to solve three specific problems in Russia and Tajikistan higher education field:

1) Development of comprehensive model and descriptor of the competences needed for the university teacher within engineering disciplines.

2) Establishment of a network for centres of Excellence in Engineering Education (EXTEND centres), offering training courses, research and consultations in engineering disciplines in each Russian and Tajik partner university.

3) Development of suitable training program for PhD students and teachers in teaching engineering disciplines.

1st consortium meeting took place in Moscow 20.12.2017. – 21.12.2017.

The International Projects Unit of RTU participates in a newly approved Capacity Building project under the title MEGA.

The project preparation started on October 15th 2017 and it is coordinated by Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland. The aim of Mega project is to upscale child and adolescent mental health services in southern Africa, including the Republic of South Africa and Zambia, by creating a mobile application for healthcare specialists. RTU, as the technical partner of the project, will hold the responsibility of developing the application. The project team will attend Mega kick-off meeting in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa, on November 21st, hosted by South African Society of Psychiatrists. The International Projects Unit is determined to achieve the best outcomes during the kick-of meeting to ensure a successful operation and outcome of the project.”

Vice-President of Vietnam visits RTU campus.

On 20 October the Vice President of Vietnam Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh and representatives of various ministries in Vietnam visited RTU Campus while being on the official visit in Latvia. During the meeting  Deputy Rector of International Academic Cooperation and Studies Professor Igors Tipans presented study programs and opportunities offered by RTU to foreign students, while Professor Gatis Bazbauers, Vice-Rector of Science informed about the areas of scientific research at RTU. At the end of the visit, the Vice-President and the accompanying delegation visited the Faculty of Architecture and the Design Factory.

24-hour Reading Room

Starting from October 17th students can use a 24-hour reading room in RTU Scientific Library in Paula Valdena Street 5, 1st floor and study also during the night hours and outside the library or faculties working hours.

Note that the library is closed in the sanitary hour from 7:30 until 8:30, a clean-up day, state holidays of the Republic of Latvia and the days before state holidays after 14:00.

To enter the 24-hour reading room, read the terms of use in ORTUS,  register as a user and scan a specially registered user’s student card  at the entrance.

Enjoy your studies!