International Relations Department (IRS) has 18 years of experience in organizing summer schools. The first summer school «The Bridges We Build, the Bridges We Cross» was organized in 1998 in cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service. For two weeks, 30 students from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia were sharing their study experience learning about geographic, political and economic landscape of the Baltic Region. Students had the opportunity to address one and the same problem from the point of view of representatives of various professions and in different cultural perspectives. This summer school was successfully working for six years.
From 2003 till 2016 RTU has organized summer schools for young architects from all over the world. Academic personnel of the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning together with their colleagues from partner universities from other countries share their unique theoretical knowledge and practical experience with participating students, motivating them to reach ambitious goals and advance their career. More than 350 students have used this opportunity in thirteen years’ time.
The Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, Faculty of Power and Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry (Institute of Design Technologies) are actively involved in organizing summer schools.
International summer schools are a forum, which every year provides the opportunity to the students majoring in various fields from all over the world to come to Latvia to share their experience and establish new professional network of contacts and find true friends.
From 21 till 28 August 2016 RTU Institute of Design Technologies in cooperation with International Relations Department organized the summer school A Journey Beyond the Traditional Wooden Craft and Art.
Since ancient times wooden craft has been an inherent element of the Latvian lifestyle. In Latvia, woodwork has always been used to organize living environment, as work tools and an essential element of landscape design. Technologies that survived through centuries allowed creating the objects that fascinate the viewers for thousands years. These technologies can still be used to meet the needs of the contemporary society in terms of quality and quantity. Therefore, the aim of the summer school is to let participants learn about modern and ancient wood craft tools and use them to create unique design objects.
Students developed skills in working with wood processing work benches treating timber on the premises of the Institute of Design Technologies. As a result, students could design unique divisible articles. During a three-day field session in the Vienkoču Park in Ligatne students could develop skills in working with hand woodwork tools, processing wooden logs. As a result, wooden troughs and tableware were cut from logs.
The summer school Ticket to the Future organized by RTU VASSI and International Relations Department took place from 17 till 28 August 2015. 22 students from 8 different countries – Germany, Italy, France, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Russia, Nigeria, and Mexico – participated in the work of the school.
Students of the summer school addressed the topical issue of sustainable development, as well as such issues as energy security, regional development and climate technologies. The participants supplemented theoretical knowledge gained with practical experience. Students attended different enterprises and establishments in Latvia and discussed the role of the principles of sustainable development in the work of these enterprises with company representatives. In order to get a comprehensive picture of sustainable development principles and their application in Latvia, participants of the summer school visited such Latvian towns as Jurmala, Rezekne and Kraslava. Students could practically apply the knowledge gained drafting proposals for design of sustainable development strategy of the town of Kraslava.
Along with studies, students participated in various activities that let them learn about Latvia and its culture, enjoy Latvian nature, food and Latvian folk dancing.
We had a full timetable, but I liked it – everything was structured and exciting!
It is very inspiring to have young lecturers!
I am very happy that we could have a view of this beautiful country.
Thank you for organizing such an amazing event.
I would do it again!
From 21 July till 4 August 2014 RTU in cooperation with the University of Rostock (Germany) organized 10th international summer university Baltic Summer School Technical Informatics & Information Technology 2014, which united 35 student majoring in informatics, computer science and electrical engineering from 19 countries. The aim of the event was to prepare students for their studies at Master and Doctoral programs in computer science and information technologies in Germany.
From 17 to 30 August 2014 the Institute of Technology and Design of Textile Materials of the Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry in cooperation with International Relations Department organized international summer school Clothing Design and High Tech, which welcomed 24 students from 13 countries: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Sweden, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, the United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Syria.
Foreign and local students acquired traditional silk painting and batik printing techniques, created sketches of clothing collections, conducted experiments on integrating electronic elements into textiles and developed basic skills in working with a 3D anthropometric scanner, specialized software and smart textiles. The participants could reinforce their theoretical knowledge during practical group work. The students had the opportunity to go through all product design stages starting with sketch design and finishing with product manufacturing. The ideas developed in the working groups were presented at the exhibition. The invited field experts expressed their opinion about student ideas and opportunities to practically implement them.
In addition to their studies, participants went on trips outside Riga – to the towns of Jurmala and Valmiera, they also visited the Vienkoču Park in Ligatne, thus raising their awareness about Latvia.