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.