Representatives of the Ministry of Investments and International Cooperation of Egypt visiting RTU

On April 3, 2019 RTU Deputy Rector Prof. Igors Tipāns and the Project Manager of International Cooperation and Foreign student Department Laura Štāle welcomed representatives of the Ministry of Investments and International Cooperation of Egypt at RTU Ķīpsala Campus.
Prof. Igors Tipāns gave presentation of study programmes offered to international students, presented the development of RTU and gave insight of facilities available for Egyptian students during their stay in RTU Campus. Currently there are 23 students at RTU from Egypt.
The increasing number of students from North African countries was also discussed, as well as opportunities for further cooperation, both in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in Cairo and with Egyptian universities. RTU has good cooperation with Nile University.
During the conversation, there was a discussion on the official recognition by Egyptian authorities of the degrees obtained in Latvian higher education institutions.
RTU in cooperation with the Higher Education Export Association is planning a visit to Egypt in spring 2020 to promote higher education in Latvia, as well as to attend secondary schools whose graduates are interested in continuing their studies at Latvian universities.
Egyptian officials expressed the belief that the study programmes offered by RTU, the living conditions, and Latvia as a safe and green country are very attractive to potential students from Egypt.

ERASMUS+ KA2 PROJECT “TIC CRUZ DEL SUR” meeting in Panama

RTU ICFSD International projects unit is successfully continuing participation in Erasmus+ KA2 Capacity Building in Higher Education project entitled TIC CRUZ DEL SUR “Use of ICT for integral management of internationalization in Latin America”. During a period of five days (18.03.2019. – 22.03.2019) TICRUZ “Use of ICT for integral management of internationalization in Latin America” consortium members from RTU and Technological University of Panama (UTP) and Universidad Autónoma de Chiriquí (UNACHI) met for a working session in Panama, City of Panama hosted by UTP.
During the meeting the RTU, represented by a team of three people within the capacity of TICRUZ project quality management, discussed the project development progress and learned about the requirements of UTP, UNACHI and other participating universities in Latin America’s for the functionality of the IT tool currently being developed.
The RTU team also met with applicants for the Erasmus+ KA107 mobility to interview possible scholarship holders. The mobility is set to be implemented at RTU until July 2019.
In addition to the scheduled working sessions, RTU team members held a well-received seminar on curriculum internationalization and organized a workshop for administrative and teaching staff about Erasmus+ international credit mobility (KA107). Within the workshop the participants prepared various mobility project proposals for UTP outlining the applicant selection requirements, the aims for the mobility and main thematic areas of cooperation.
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.

Students Day At RTU Organized By Embassy of India

On March 5, 2019 the Students Day took place at the Riga Technical University (RTU) organized by Embassy of India to Sweden and Latvia, in order to welcome students from India and provide support and advice in consular questions.

As India is the most broadly represented country in RTU compromising of 759 students, RTU is grateful to the embassy for its initiative of meeting students and offering consular support which is not ready available in Latvia, as the embassy is located in Sweden.

Students also had the opportunity to meet Mr. Suresh Kuma – First Secretary of Embassy of India to Sweden and Latvia and Ms. Anita Shukla – Counsellor of Embassy of India to Sweden and Latvia. RTU was represented by Arturs Zeps, Vice-Rector for Strategic Development, Karlis Valtins – Head of International Projects Unit and Laura Stale from Admission Office.

 

 

Latvian Language Courses

Riga City Council Education, Culture and Sports Department will support  Latvian language courses for inhabitants of Riga. The aim of these courses is to help the adults, who are officially registered in Riga, to acquire Latvian language within level A and B. Read more: http://integracija.riga.lv/lv/integracija?target=news_item&news_item=free-of-charge-latvian-language-courses-for-the-inhabitants-of-riga-in-year-2019-2033   

Annual RTU Career Day

The biggest event in Latvia devoted to professional career orientation where students have an opportunity to meet more than 130 companies and organizations from 37 different fields, ask about career and internship opportunities, company’s requirements and job specifications will take place this Friday on 22nd February!

Entrance and parking for visitors – free of charge!

To see full program and follow news visit RTU Career center website: http://karjera.rtu.lv/portfolio-item/karjeras-diena/

2019 New Year’s Reception at Riga Technical University

On January 31, 2019 New Year’s Reception was held in the Great Hall of Riga Technical University. The administration, teaching staff and students of Riga Technical University and the guests from The Embassy of Peoples’ Republic of China in The Republic of Latvia, Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Confucius Institute of University of Latvia, Riga State Gymnasium No. 3 got together to celebrate the event.

A gorgeous lion dance performance as an opening show quickly lighted site atmosphere. It was followed by the speech of Academician Leonīds Ribickis, Rector of Riga Technical University. Rector extended a warm welcome to the guests, teachers and students and expressed his wishes for the New Year. He pointed out that RTU and China had a good cooperation and hoped to have fruitful cooperation in 2019. Mr. Sun Yinglai, the Charge d’Affaires of Chinese Embassy in Latvia, delivered a New Year greeting and best wishes in his speech. He expressed his heartfelt thanks to RTU for the well-planned New Year’s celebration, and encouraged Chinese students at RTU to study hard and pursue their dreams. Professor Igors Tipāns, Deputy Rector of Riga Technical University summarized the cooperation achievements between RTU and Chinese partner universities in terms of scientific research projects, the number of Chinese students in RTU, and disciplines learned. He showed his confidence in the further cooperation.

After greetings the audience watched the New Year blessing video prepared by RTU Chinese Class students and volunteer Chinese teacher Ms. Tang Yunxin. They expressed their New Year wishes in Chinese. Then Chinese students presented the stories about Chinese Lunar New Year and Latvian Spring Holiday in Latvian. after that Chinese calligraphy, varied paper-cutting, auspicious Chinese knots, enjoyable tea ceremony, puzzles in Latvian and Chinese languages as well as tasty Chinese food were prepared for everyone. With the joyful and exciting atmosphere, everyone had a very pleasant time and stepped into the New Year together.

 

Celebration of the 70st Republic Day of India at RTU

On January 26, 2019, at 18:00 the celebration in honor of the 70st Republic Day of India was held in the great hall of Riga Technical University.

In cooperation with Indian Movies in Baltics – SIA Darbar Evening Show Entertainment, Banana Leaf Restaurant and Papaya Cinemas, the event was organized to bring together the Indian community gathered in Riga, which currently exceeds one thousand people. Around 200 visitors attended the celebration, which is a great number representing the community.

The event kicked-off with the traditional lighting of the lamp by the guests, followed by the Indian national anthem. Among the special guests, there was the Director of International Cooperation and Foreign Students Department Igors Tipāns, who gave a heart-warming welcome speech to the audience. Other guests were Miks Celminš, the Director of Make Room Europe and Sunny Motwani, the owner of Indian Raja.

The event consisted of three parts where in the official part all the participants were introduced about the importance of the Republic Day and the significance of celebrating it.

The second part was a contribution of both Latvians and local Indians who gave magnificent performances in order to amaze the spectators by showing the beauty of the Indian traditional dance, singing and heart-touching melodies.

The opening act by Latvian Odissi dancer Aija Devi was based on Guru Vandana, a musical piece that talks about life, death and auspicious emptiness as supreme teachers. This was followed by a solo acoustic guitar and singing performance by Kalpesh Vasoya, student of RTU. Third in line was Vishnu Priya, who gave the audience a soulful Bharatanatyam performance. Aija Devi once again took the stage, but this time along with tabla player Balraj Singh and danced to the song Battu, which speaks of the mystical sound Om and the rhythms of life and death as played by the divine musician, Lord Shiva. The talented dancer Avikk performed the final act of the night.

The third part of the event gave the participants an opportunity to enjoy the traditional Indian snacks with hot masala tea made by the Indian restaurants.

The idea behind the celebration is to develop the Indian community, to encourage not only locals but also foreigners to engage in the future cooperation in the event-making activities and to provide deeper insight in the Indian culture.

About the Republic Day:

Republic Day honors the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect on January 26, 1950. While India gained its independence from British Rule on August 15, 1947, the Republic Day celebrates the coming into force of its constitution, completing the country’s transition toward becoming an independent republic. This year marks the 70th anniversary of this landmark day for all Indians.

Apply for the Erasmus+ scholarship

The new application period for the scholarships of the Erasmus+ programme is open. Application deadlines for submitting online application at OutgoingExchange.rtu.lv – 25 February 2019 (for studies in autumn semester 2019/2020); 31 March 2019 (for traineeships).

Prerequisites for Candidates – Erasmus+ programme is available for all RTU students from all specializations and levels of higher education.

To apply for Erasmus+ scholarship, a student has to be registered at least as the 3rd semester student at Bachelor level or the 2nd semester student at Master level. The student must have adequate grades (average weighted grade has to be at least 6.25), no academic or financial debts towards RTU, good knowledge of English, German or another language of the EU Member States, and a well-defined objective for participating in a mobility.

Depending on the country you will go to for mobility, the scholarship amount is planned to be as follows: EUR 620-720 (for exchange studies) and 520-720 (for traineeship). RTU has more than 300 Erasmus+ partner universities in Europe you can choose for your exchange studies. See them here: www.rtu.lv/en/partners. For traineeship options, you can see the offers HERE.

To get more information about Erasmus+ programme and to know tips and tricks for successful application and Erasmus mobility, join our informational events in February or see the information on our website http://ej.uz/ErasmusMobility.
In case of additional questions, contact Mrs Evita Miscuka via evita.miscuka@rtu.lv; +37129484664 (mobile) or Ms Inga Riharda via inga.riharda@rtu.lv, +37125739079 (mobile and WhatsApp) or visit us in Kalku 1-302.

Representatives of Shanghai University Visiting RTU

On December 19, 2018, Associate Professor Lu Suying and Professor He Shuquan from the School of Economics of Shanghai University visited Riga Technical University. Professor Igors Tipāns, Riga Technical University Deputy Rector, Director of International Cooperation and Foreign Students Department, Professor Inga Lapiņa, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs of Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management and Modris Ozoliņš, Head of Department of International Programs of Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management met the visitors on behalf of RTU.

Deputy Rector Igors Tipāns first welcomed the delegation’s visit and briefly summed up the facts and figures of RTU. Then Professor Inga Lapiņa introduced the work and academic interest directions of the Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management and pointed out the opportunities for cooperation in the future. In addition, Modris Ozoliņš briefly introduced the field of innovation economics at RTU and introduced the achievements of RTU students in the field of innovations and entrepreneurship.

Hopefully Riga Technical University and the School of Economics of Shanghai University can become a platform for economic exchanges between China and Latvia and start the new traits for exchange programs in the field of economics and management. As well as the platform promoting cultural exchanges between the two countries.

 

The Chinese Cultural Experience at Riga Technical University Chinese Corner

On November 30th, 2018, the Chinese Painting cultural experience class was held in Riga Technical University Chinese Corner.

During the cultural experience class, Chinese volunteer teacher Tang Yunxin introduced the Chinese painting to the students of Riga State High School Nr.3 in terms of origin & development, classification, characteristic, famous painters & paintings, tools etc. The students also appreciated the vivid video of “The Vast Land” and “Along the River during the Tomb Sweeping Festival”. They were amazed by the beauty of the paintings. Students also learned some Chinese vocabulary related to Chinese painting. The students who never learned any Chinese language before showed great interest in the study of Chinese language.

After the theoretical part the teacher led everyone to practice “Blowing Plum Blossoms”. Every student actively did it and enjoyed the moment. When paintings were finished, the students were satisfied with their works. In the end of the class everyone took a group photo with their own works.

This cultural experience not only helped the students to know Chinese painting, but also lighted up their enthusiasm to learn Chinese language and Chinese culture.

On December 14th, 2018, the Chinese Food cultural experience was successfully held in Riga Technical University Chinese Corner.

Chinese volunteer teacher Tang Yunxin introduced to the students of Riga State Gymnasium No. 3 and Chinese language learners of RTU Chinese eating habits and views on food, and then introduced the eight regional cuisines, table manners, culture of using chopsticks, and hot pot culture, which helped the students to know more about colorful Chinese food culture. Students also learned some Chinese vocabularies related to Chinese Food and showed great interest in the study of Chinese.
In addition, interesting chopstick games and delicious hot pot meals were prepared on site. The students were actively participating in the chopstick game while the laughter was continuing. After the game everyone got together to taste the aromatic Chinese hot pot. The students were full of praise for this Chinese taste and gave their thumbs up. In the end everyone took a group photo together.

This Chinese food culture experience not only helped students to know Chinese food, but also made them impressed by the taste of hot pot. Although the weather in December was cold, the steaming and delicious hot pot brought a lot of warmth to everyone.