First Erasmus+ Staff Week Organized by International Projects Unit of RTU Welcomes Staff Members from Partner Universities outside EU

During the week from 21 October until 25 October the International Projects Unit of the International Relations and Foreign Students Department, Riga Technical University, hosted an Erasmus+ Staff Week, making it the first time since the new Erasmus+ project commenced in 2015 when a staff week is organized for staff members from RTU partner universities outside the European Union. The 1st International Projects Unit’s Staff Week welcomed guests from Algeria (Université Abdelhamid ibn Badis Mostaganem and Université Batna 2), Libya (University of Tripoli), Jordan (Princess Sumaya University for Technology), Egypt (Nile University), Iran (Amirkabir University of Technology), Mexico (Colegio Universitario De Yahualica), Argentina (Universidad Nacional de Santiago del Estero), Bosnia and Herzegovina (International University of Sarajevo) and Kosovo (University of Pristina).

Throughout the week, the visiting staff members participated in numerous workshops dedicated to the development of the new Erasmus+ KA107 International Credit Mobility project proposal to be submitted in February 2020 as well as shared their ideas for several Erasmus+ KA2 Capacity Building project initiatives. Professors from Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran and Jordan gave guest lectures to RTU foreign students, covering different topics ranging from architecture to textile engineering. The staff members were introduced to RTU facilities during a Campus Tour and individual meetings were held with the Faculty of Architecture, Department of Quality Management and Document Processing as well as other structural units of RTU. This week also gave a great opportunity for partners to review the cooperation agreements, many of which were updated and extended.

The International Projects Unit would like to express gratitude to all participants of the Staff Week as well as RTU colleagues who organized and supported the activities throughout the week. We hope that this Staff Week will be the start of an annual tradition, hosting more and more of RTU’s partners from outside Europe each year.

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.

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Summer School “Nonlinear Life. Edition 3” Organized by RTU and University of Trieste

On Friday, 30 August, Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia to the Republic of Italy H.E. Ms. Solvita Āboltiņa paid a visit to Trieste, Italy to address a speech on the occasion of the conclusion of the international summer school “Nonlinear Life. Edition 3” organized by University of Trieste (UniTs) and Riga Technical University (RTU).

 

Afterwards, there has been hold a meeting between representatives of UniTs and RTU (organizing committee of the summer school) led by S. Āboltiņa and Pro-Rector of UniTs, professor Valter Sergo.

At the end of the visit, S. Āboltiņa, Director of Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Nanotechnologies of RTU, professor Jurijs Dehtjars and representative of International Cooperation Unit of RTU, Mr Ēriks Badamšins have proceeded towards the Municipality of Trieste, in order to meet the Councilor for European Projects, Mr. Lorenzo Giorgi and Head of Communication Office Ms. Barbara Borsi.

 

The organizational committee expresses gratitude to the professors for contributing to the scientific content of summer school, advanced research institutions and companies operating in the biomedical field for provision of the excursions and demonstrations and students for participating and broadening each other’s knowledge from a technical and cross-cultural communication understanding point of view.

 

The summer school has been attended by 18 students from 11 countries – Belarus, Czech Republic, India, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Nepal, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Spain. In the previous two years, the summer school took place in Riga and was initiated and organized by the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Nanotechnologies in cooperation with International Cooperation and Foreign Students Department of RTU.

 

Photo credit: University of Trieste

Photo credit: University of Trieste

Photo credit: University of Trieste

Photo credit: Municipality of Trieste.

Photo credit: Municipality of Trieste.

RTU Summer Camp “3D Animation World“

During the time period from 14 July till 26 July Riga Technical University (RTU) Foreign Students Foundation and Short-Term Courses Unit in cooperation with the State Education Development Agency organized the summer camp “3D Animation World“, where 11 students from 10 countries – Mexico, Spain, Korea, Azerbaijan, Greece, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Lithuania – acquired an in-depth insight of the entire production process of animation.

Within the scientific part of the summer camp, the students have been taken to a journey through drawing sessions, character design, cinematic storytelling, object animation, editing, space, timing, cut-out and stop motion, interaction, 3D modelling programmes and presentation of their end product.

During the summer camp, students got acquainted with the Latvian language, culture and history-related aspects by attending Latvian language classes and visiting the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia and Kuldiga – one of the most beautiful cities in Latvia.

RTU Summer School “Robotics. Real-Life Applications of Intelligent Design”

From July 1 to 26, 2019, RTU Foreign Students Foundation and Short-Term Courses Unit organized its 6th international summer camp “Robotics. Real-Life Applications of Intelligent Design“, where 14 students from 10 countries – Australia, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, France, Greece, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Ukraine and Russia – perfected practical and theoretical knowledge in robotics, 3D modeling, artificial intelligence and other areas related to the industry.

The aim of the summer school is not only to provide international students with high-quality knowledge from RTU faculty members and industry representatives who provide with the necessary theoretical and practical information in developing a functioning robot, but also – to promote a deeper understanding of the Latvian language, culture, history and education. Incorporated activities related to the Latvian language and culture in the summer school program, its organizers hope to enhance the recognition of Latvia abroad and to promote co-operation between RTU and higher education institutions in engineering fields. In this context, the organizers of the summer school are grateful to the State Education Development Agency for the financial support provided to 10 students.

The summer school organizers want to express gratitude to the RTU Datorzinātnes un informācijas tehnoloģijas fakultāteRTU Design Factory, Lab House and robot development company RobotNest for providing intellectual and technical support. Besides all the activities and practical classes organized students were introduced to Latvian companies representing information technology, mechanics, mechatronics and electronics during the summer school. Robo Camp has been hosted by such companies as HansaMatrixMass PortalGamechanger Audio ​​and SAF Tehnika.

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