Summer school «Social innovation»

Summer school «Social innovation»

Nowadays, we are living in a rapidly changing world that faces unprecedented challenges and success stories, but along with all this positive burst that new generation evokes problems inevitably occur. Mankind now is osculating challenges in terms of inequality and diversity, economic viability and sustainability and the resilience of infrastructures and services. For solving them we need to come together – we need to discuss, brainstorm, depicture about the problem, because only then solution can be created.

RTU is inviting you to become a member of SOCIAL INNOVATION SUMMER SCHOOL so we all  - students and lecturers - together can find solutions to modern world problems.

Programme

Students will participate in lectures and practical works on topics related to cultural changes, urban social ecosystems, sustainable entrepreneurship and social business, so the main aim of participant effort will be - focus attention on the ideas and solutions that create social value as well as the processes through which they are generated.

Participants of Social innovations summer school will work on three main topics:

  • Social entrepreneurship. Where students together with lecturers will try to get answer to modern day question - how to solve market decentralization problems;
  • Social innovations for different groups of society. Participants will be asked to define nowadays problems and afterwards come up with solutions;
  • Innovation process itself. All together we will solve the “mystery” – what is really “social innovation”!

Social Innovation summer school will provide students with unique experience through: interactive lectures which will be led by local and international experts, workshops, presentations of good practices and field trips. During all summer school practices students will be able to ask questions, discuss and compare the newly acquired knowledge to the situation in their home countries.

* A social innovation is a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than current solutions. The value created accrues primarily to society rather than to private individuals. Social innovations shift functions between policy, the administration, the private sector, civil society and households.

Duration, Frequency

The professors from Riga Technical University (Latvia), guest lectures and specialists from the field will provide classes that will run from Monday through Friday, 6 hours per day including morning sessions from 9.00 to 12.00 and afternoon sessions from 13.00 to 16.00.

Social Innovation summer school will provide students with unique experience through: interactive lectures, workshops, presentations of good practices and field trips. During all summer school practices students will be able to ask questions, discuss and compare the newly acquired knowledge to the situation in their home countries.

Sample Subjects covered
  • Social entrepreneurship – the new way of business
  • Corporate Social Responsibility & Ethics
  • Geographical environment - how that affects Social Innovations
  • Eco-Innovation. It is time to change our planet.

Students will be able to sign-up for cultural and social activities for the weekends before arriving to Riga Technical University. The following activities will be included in the program:

  • Riga city tour

The following activities for additional fee can be offered:

  • Jurmala city tour
  • Latvian castle and manor visit
  • A boat trip into the Riga Bay
  • Two day trip to neighbour country - Lithuania or Estonia
  • Sigulda city tour
What is included
  • Course Materials
  • Field Trips
  • Riga Sightseeing Tour

What is not included

  • Meals / Food
  • Personal Expenses
  • Additional Sightseeing Activities
Features
  • The Summer School is completely in English.
  • Accommodation in RTU Hostel: 3 bedroom flats with double occupancy in each room.
Study Credits
RTU Certificates and 4.5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit points will be awarded upon completion of the program.
Fees and other details

Availability

17 July 2017 – 30 July 2017 

Duration

2 weeks 

Participation fee

  • 350 EUR – register till 1 May 2017
  • 450 EUR – register till 15 July 2017

Deadline

15 June 2017

Group size

up to 30

Accommodation

200-250 EUR /month (upon request)

Personal expenses

250-300 EUR/month

Application and Contacts

Complete the application form

In case any questions regarding registration and organisation issues occur, contact:

Foundation Course Unit
Riga Technical University
1 Kalku Street, Room 312, Riga
LV-1658, Latvia

Head of Foundation Course Unit
Ms Natalja Muracova
+371 29217056

Project Coordinator
Mr Arturs Lusis
+371 67089036