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

From July 2 to 27, 2018, Riga Technical University (RTU) Foreign Students Foundation and Short-Term Courses Unit organized its 3rd  international summer camp “Robotics. Real-Life Applications of Intelligent Design “, where 27 students from 10 countries – Australia, USA, Mexico, Kazakhstan, China, Moldova, India, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and France – perfects 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 – the RTU Foreign Students Foundation and Short-Term Course Unit – are grateful to the State Education Development Agency for the financial support provided to 10 students from from 7 countries http://viaa.gov.lv/eng/scholarships  The Robo Camp Summer School students used the possibilities offered by the RTU Design Factory Laboratory “the LAB” and the “Latvenergo” Creative Laboratory – 3D printing, laser cutting, soldering, etc. Moreover, the summer school organizers want to express gratitude to the RTU Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology 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 hosts such companies as HansaMatrix, Mass Portal, Giraffe 360 ​​and SAF Tehnika.

Summer School “Cultural Shock and Social Innovations”

This summer from July 9 to 23, 2018, the Riga Technical University (RTU) organized the summer school “Cultural shock and social innovations”, the scientific program was developed especially for 30 students from the RTU partner higher education institution in France – the EPITA (Computer Science Academy). In organizing this Summer School, its organizers – RTU Foreign Students Foundation and Short-Term Courses Unit – upon request of the partner institution, adapted the scientific content of the event to the study profile of the participants. Namely, students were invited, using their computer literacy skills, to develop projects in areas such as cultural change, urban social ecosystems, sustainable and social entrepreneurship. At the same time as lectures and IT-related companies such as Draugiem Group and DATI Grupa, students were offered several discussion evenings where they discussed with their RTU representatives the ideas of their projects and issues related to their development. At the end of the summer school, students from France successfully defended their projects under the guidance of an international commission composed of representatives from RTU and its partner universities – Kyungpook National University in Korea, Tirana Polytechnic University of Tirana in Albania and the University of Kadi Ayyad University) in Morocco.

  

Summer School “International Relations and Globalization”

This year from July 9 to 23, 2018, 33 participants from Russia have visited Riga Technical University (RTU), with the aim of supplementing their knowledge in English and Spanish, social innovation, intercultural communication and international relations. The summer school for Russian students is organized for the fifth time, and this year they had an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the activities of various Latvian states and local governmental institutions. For example, participants visited the Riga City Council, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, and the Riga Freeport Authority. The summer school participats apart from attending various events related to Latvian language, culture and history organized by International Students Foundation and Short-Term Programme Unit, also participated in the international football tournament, thus forming international contacts with other RTU summer school participants from France, Australia, Ukraine, Moldova, Meksikas, US etc.

Annual Foreign Students Trip Around Latvia

RTU International Cooperation and Foreign Students department promotes foreign students interest about Latvian culture and traditions by organizing trips around Latvia. This year students had a chance to get acquainted with ancient bread baking traditions, taste some bread and bake sweet pretzels at the bakery “Lāči”, visit Jaunmoku castle and have some entertaining activities there as well as enjoy the beauty of blooming rhododendrons at the experimental breeding nursery „Babīte”. Looking forward to another trip next year!

 

 

 

Parliament delegation from Egypt visits Kipsala campus and meets RTU administration and Egyptian students

On 9 May 2018, RTU Deputy Rector of International Academic Cooperation and Studies, prof. Igors Tipans, welcomed a delegation of the Egypt-Latvia parliamentary friendship group from the Parliament of Egypt, Ambassador of Latvia to Egypt, Iveta Šulca, and the non-resident Ambassador of Egypt to Latvia, Alaa Hegazy. The delegation was introduced to RTU and its activities related to cooperation with higher education institutions in Egypt, as well as had the opportunity to meet with Egyptian full time and exchange students at RTU.

 

Japanese movie evening at International Cooperation Center of RTU

On April 19 RTU International Cooperation and Foreign Students department in cooperation with the the Embassy of Japan in Latvia organised a Japanese movie evening with a purpose to promote study possibilities in Japan and deliver an in-depth information regarding scholarships (for implementing both studies and research) provided by the Government of Japan. In addition the insight of current cooperation between RTU and the universities in Japan  was provided by the professor Mr Igors Tipans -Director of International Cooperation and Foreign Students Department. The event was attended by Latvian, Japanese and other foreign students of RTU.

 

 

ERASMUS+ KA2 PROJECT “EXTEND” Meeting in Saransk

From February 24th until March 4th 2018 a joint meeting was organized by Erasmus+ KA2 capacity building in higher education project “EXTEND” (Excellence in Engineering Education through Teacher Training and New Pedagogic Approaches in Russia and Tajikistan) consortium in Saransk, Russia, hosted by Ogarev Mordovia State University. Meeting was dedicated to the introduction of Russian and Tajik teachers to the innovative pedagogical approaches used in EU, namely Romanian, Portuguese and Latvian examples. Various training sessions were organized and carried out by Politehnica University of Bucharest, University of Minho and Riga Technical University. Main outcomes of the seminar are considered to be:

  • Finding similarities and differences between Russian and Tajik education systems;
  • mapping out the main documents used in higher education;
  • preparing nominated teachers for further training (Train The Trainer);
  • performing a needs analysis for EXTEND excellence centers that will be deployed;
  • finalizing a questionnaire design for student and teacher survey.

In addition to the overall activities, Riga Technical University staff met with various faculty members of Ogarev Mordovia State University, developed communication about future project proposals as well as met with students of Quality Management to discuss the project issues from a student’s point of view.

YouTube video has been created for Project promotion.

 

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/