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Internationalization is one of the top priorities of Riga Technical University (RTU), which is also highlighted in the RTU Strategy and RTU Development Program for 2014 – 2020. Development of the international environment covers both studies and research; it is an essential aspect of the general university strategy. Our aim is to ensure RTU competiveness at the global scale in the field of studies, research and innovation.
To make sure internationalization is successful it is necessary to motivate academic personnel and students of RTU and promote their purposeful daily work. International achievements of RTU in studies and research are the best affirmation of their quality.
Export of higher education in Latvia has become a noteworthy sector of the Latvian economy, and RTU plays the leading role in this sphere in Latvia.
Cooperating with universities all around the world and educating and training undergraduate, post-graduate and Doctoral students from more than 70 countries, RTU has developed the most comprehensive international university environment in Latvia.
One of the most important aims of Foreign Students Department (RTU FSD) and International Relations Department (IRD), which is mentioned in the RTU Strategy for years 2014–2020, is to increase the number of foreign students up to 10% of the total number of students.
Students and staff of RTU and partnering universities are provided an opportunity to participate in foreign study, lecturing or experience exchange by the European Commission higher education exchange programs and mobility as part of bilateral contracts realised by RTU.
International institutional collaboration is one of the main core elements of the RTU development strategy.
Rapidly developing technologies and constantly growing volume of information allow us to learn about events in the world, to travel the globe virtually and to get experience of new cultures online. However, none of the new technologies can be a real substitute for a face-to-face conversation and true emotions we experience communicating with the representatives of different cultures.