This section publishes the most significant RTU events by study years, starting from 2016/2017. Chronology of Key Events of Riga Technical University was compiled by RTU Research Centre for Engineering History (RCEH) since 1 February 2017 when RCEH was established.
The chronology publishes the most important events of RTU studies, research and extracurricular activities, which reflect the life of RTU and the most significant achievements of a particular study year. To the extent possible, each event is linked to a post with more information.
Professor Jānis Krastiņš, Head of the Chair of History and Theory of Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture (FA) of RTU and Professor Andris Krēsliņš, Senior Researcher of the Chair of Heat Engineering and Technology of the Faculty of Civil Engineering (FCE) receive the major award of the Construction Industry for a lifetime contribution «Pamatakmens» (Foundation Stone).
Researchers of the Institute for Industrial Electronics and Electrical Engineering of the Faculty of Power and Electrical Engineering (FPEE) present a robust-range robot simulator at the RTU Laboratory building, 1 Paula Valdena iela, Ķīpsala.
Italian Ambassador to Latvia Sebastiano Fulci and a delegation from the University of Bergamo (Università degli Studi di Bergamo; Italy) visit RTU led by Rector Professor Remo Morzenti Pellegrini.
In the 11th Paul Walden Symposium Paul Walden Commemorative Medal is presented to RTU Professor, Academician, Deputy Director in scientific work of the Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis (LIOS) Aigars Jirgensons. Commemorative Medal is also awarded to Research Associate of Chair of Organic Chemistry of University of Rostock (Universitaet Rostock; Germany) and internationally renowned researcher in the history of chemistry Gisel Boeck, who receives it on 24 October at the RTU 60th International Scientific Conference in the Section «Materials Science and Applied Chemistry».
The international leading trade fair «Kind + Jugend» for premium baby and toddler products is held in Cologne, Germany, where Anastasija Ribaka, a student of the Institute of Design Technologies (IDT) of the Faculty of Materials Science and Applied Chemistry (FMSAC), holds a diploma work on multifunctional children’s furniture set «Luni» – nominated for «Kids Design Award 2019».
With the decision of Senate of RTU (Minutes No. 632), the title of RTU Honorary Alumnus is granted to Chairman of the Management Board, Chief Executive Officer of «Latvenergo AS» Āris Žīgurs.
Agreement on the establishment of the Baltic Biomaterials Centre of Excellence (BBCE) in Latvia is signed in Brussels. It is formed by RTU, LIOS, Riga Stradiņš University (RSU), RSU Institute of Stomatology, AO Research Institute Davos (ARI) in Switzerland and Biomaterials Centre of Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuernberg (Friedrich-Alexander-Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg) in Germany. The contract is signed by BBCE coordinator, RTU Professor Jānis Ločs.
RTU, Kaunas University of Technology (Kauno technologijos universitetas; Lithuania) and Tallinn University of Technology (Tallinna Tehnikaülikool; Estonia) agree on the establishment of a Knowledge and Innovation Contact Point «EIT RawMaterials Baltic Hub» that will help Baltic scientists and companies create competitive innovations in raw materials.
RTU hosts a day of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), where readings and masterclasses is held by guest lecturers from Luebeck University of Applied Sciences (Technische Hochschule Luebeck; Germany), Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Vilniaus Gedimino Technikos Universitetas; Lithuania), Lund University (Lunds universitet; Sweden) and University of Gaevle (Högskolan i Gävle; Sweden).
Expanding into South Asia, RTU is opening two information and study centres in Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Chennai (India) in early October.
RTU visit Russian delegation from Pskov State University (PSU; Псковский государственный университет; Russia) under the guidance of Rector’s Acting Duty Officer Professor Natalia Ilyin (Наталья Анатольевна Ильина). RTU and PSU agree to promote cooperation in studies and science.
The third RTU History Day is taking place. Section of the RTU 60th International Scientific Conference «History of Engineering Sciences and Institutions of Higher Education» unveils the third RTU RCEH Scientific Journal dedicated to the 150th Anniversary of the acquisition of university education in architecture in Latvia. In the afternoon, scientific monograph «Ernst Nauck (1819–1875). First Director of Riga Polytechnicum» in three languages (German, English and Latvian) by Professor Alīda Zigmunde is opened. The event is attended by Eddie Wolfgang Nauck, the great-great-great-grandson of E. Nauck, from Germany.
Ķīpsala International Exhibition Centre hosts the exhibition «Design Isle 2019», which is attended by FMSAC IDT, winning three award-wining places at the competition for universities «Dizaina arēna 2019» (Design arena 2019) in the category «Produktu dizains» (Product design).
Celebrating the 155th Anniversary of the FMETA, a solemn meeting of the Faculty Council takes place.
Celebrating the 155th Anniversary of the FMETA, there is a solemn ceremony at the Small Guild and the opening of a book «Mašīnzinību, transporta un aeronautikas fakultātei 155» (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Transport and Aeronautics155).
RTU Senate (Minutes No. 633):
RTU Electronics Week is taking place.
Celebrating the Centenary of Latvia’s Customs and the 25th Anniversary of Customs Education, the SRS Customs Board and Institute of International Economic Relations and Customs (SESMI) of FEEM are organizing a conference «Vai muita ir gatava rītdienai» (Shaping a Smarter Future of Customs).
The opening ceremony of the Confucius Class of RTU takes place in the Small Hall of RTU at 1 Kaļķu Street. The Confucius Class of RTU is a branch of the Confucius Institute and is located at FETH at 1 Kronvalda Boulevard. The event is attended by Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Latvia Liang Jianquan, Director (in Latvia) of the Confucius Institute of the University of Latvia Pēteris Pildegovičs and Director (in China) of the same Shang Quanyu.
At the contest «BAUA Awards 19'», PhD student of FA Matijs Babris receives a recognition on his Master’s thesis «Būves kokos dabas tūrisma veicināšanai. Strenču ūdens tūrisma centrs» (Buildings in trees to promote nature tourism. Strenči Water Tourism Centre) from the Baltic Architects Unions Association (BAUA).
RTU delegation visits eight universities in three Latin American countries, while visiting, Rector Academician Leonīds Ribickis signs a global cooperation agreement with Albert Einstein University in Mexico.
In the paper bridge design competition organized by the FCE Student Council, the team «Šneks» (Mārtiņš Arājs, Linards Hremenkins, Valts Segliņš) takes the first place in the category of student bridges. The built-in bridge can withstand a load of 139.9 kilograms.
In the Exhibition Hall of the RCEH History Museum, the Institute of Humanities (IH) of FETH celebrates its 25th Anniversary and unveils the scientific monograph «Skolotāju profesionālā identitāte» (Teacher Professional Identity) whose scientific editor is IH Director Associate Professor Airisa Šteinberga.
Professor of FMSAC and Academician Valdis Kampars receives the highest state award – the Order of Three Stars.
FCSIT Associate Professor Ērika Nazaruka, FMSAC Associate Professor Andris Šutka and Senior Researcher Dagnija Loča and FCE Senior Researcher Sandris Ručevskis are elected as Corresponding Members of the Latvian Academy of Sciences (LAS).
Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Latvia’s Customs, Director of SESMI Aivars Vilnis Krastiņš and Assistant Professor Normunds Rudzītis receive an award for a significant contribution to the development of the customs service – anniversary sign – «Latvijas muitai 100» (the Latvia’s Customs 100).
In the 30th Latvian Universidad swimming competition, RTU swimmers win the first place among the men.
RTU is visited by a delegation of Parliament of Indonesian North Sulawesi Province led by its Speaker Andrei Angouw and Honorary Consul of the Republic of Latvia in Indonesia Ayub Junus. During the meeting, Deputy Rector for International Academic Cooperation and Studies I. Tipāns and A. Junus sign an agreement in which RTU expresses its commitment to provide Indonesian university education institutions with information on study opportunities at RTU.
RTU chess players win convincingly in the Latvian Club Cup 2019, taking first place and outscoring their followers by four points; this is the record for nine years in the history of the Latvian Club Cup.
An interdisciplinary national working group of the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN) is being set up to promote cooperation between Latvian research institutions and business and CERN by engaging in scientific research, experiments and projects. Latvia plans to become an Associate Member of CERN in 2021.
RTU Frisbee team won the 1st place in the Latvian Student Championship.
Professor Dagnija Blumberga, Director of Institute of Energy Systems and Environment (IESE) of FPEE receives an Award named by f Professor Alfrēds Vītols for outstanding contribution and lifelong contribution to the Latvian energy industry. Professor Ivars Veidenbergs of IESE receives the «Annual Award» for significant contribution in energetics. RTU new scientists also receive awards for success in energetics: researcher Kaspars Kroičs of Institute of Industrial Electronics and Electrical Engineering, researcher Vladmirs Kirssanovs of IESE and new Phd students – Aivis Ašmanis, Viesturs Zimackis, Deniss Bezrukovs, Artis Riepnieks All awards are grated by the LAS and «Latvenergo». The award ceremony takes place at RTU EHS hall at 1 Kronvalda Boulevard.
Lauris Kaufmanis, a third-year student of FCE at startup with Oskars Ķibermanis piloted crew, along with Arvis Vilkastis and Matīsse Mikne, takes 2nd place in the World Cup first stage in bobsleigh which takes place in Lake Placid (USA).
The award of Latvian-born Civil Engineer Guntis Bole is given to FA graduate Raivis Jānis Mucenieks and the student of FCE Marta Amoliņa; the premium of Professor Ivars Strautmanis receives FA graduate Elza Taube.
Among the ten most significant achievements of Latvian science in 2019, LAS also names RTU scientists who worked out the new DC power supply system for producing industry (authors: LAS Academician Dr. habil. sc. ing. Leonīds Ribickis, Dr. sc. ing. Oskars Krievs, Dr. sc. ing. Pēteris Apse-Apsītis, Dr. sc. ing. Dāvis Meike, Dr. sc. ing. Andrejs Stepanovs, Mg. sc. ing. Ansis Avotiņš, Mg. sc ing. Armands Šenfelds, Mg. sc ing. Kristaps Vītols, Mg. sc. ing. Maksims Vorobjovs, Mg. sc. ing. Mārcis Priedītis, Mg. sc. ing. Artūrs Paugurs, Mg. sc. ing. Oskars Bormanis).
Master students of FMSAC are awarded LAS prizes: Miks Puriņš – received Award named by Emīlija Gudriniece; Renāte Melngaile – received Awards named by Mārtiņš Straumanis and Alfrēds Ieviņš; Lūkass Tomass Lukaševics – Young Scientists Award. The LAS Young Scientists Award was also awarded to RTU EHS physics teacher Virgīnija Vītola.
The first discussion on «Individual Professional Development Choices and Influencing Aspects» at the educational forum «Education System Goal: Future Perspective» at the Saeima Baltic Hall take place organized by Saeima Education, Culture and Science Commission, Ministry of Education and Science and RTU.
Brothers Andris Šics and Juris Šics triumph at the important stage of the World Cup in luge competition between two teams. Elīza Cauce wins the bronze in the ladies’ race. Both sleighs are embellished by the RTU coat of arms, as they have been improved by RTU scientists, who have been cooperating with athletes since 2017.
With the decision of Senate of RTU (Minutes No. 636) the names of RTU Daugavpils Affiliate, Cēsis Affiliate, Liepāja Affiliate and Ventspils Affiliate were changed and Regulations of RTU Daugavpils (including – Cēsis, Liepāja and Ventspils) Study and Science Centres have been approved.
Graduates and teachers of RTU EHS receive the awards of the Friendly Calling Fund: in the nomination «Graduate» the certificate of recognition is given to Agnis Salmiņš and Artem Ubaidullajev, Elīza Elizabete Bicāne receives the Bronze Medal; mathematics teacher Inguna Granta and economics teacher Līga Kamola are awarded the title «Teacher».
The President of Latvia Egils Levits, representative of the European Commission Directorate General for Research and Innovation, Widening Stefan Weiers and RTU Rector Academician Leonīds Ribickis open the project of the Baltic Biomaterials Centre of Excellence (BBCE) at the premises of FMSAC.
RTU badmintonists win awards at Latvian Championship: FET third-year student Teodors Kerimovs in pair with Jekaterina Romanova become Latvian Champion in mixed doubles; paired with Ardis Daniels Bedrītis, T. Kerimovs win 3rd in men’s doubles; FCE fourth-year student Reinis Krauklis becomes vice champion, winning 2nd place in singles, 2nd place in doubles with FEEM graduate Toms Preinbergs and 2nd place in mixed doubles with Diāna Stognija.
RTU is visited by delegation of Kumamoto University (Japan) led by Vice-Rector for Studies, Professor Dr. Mikio Furushima.
RTU is visited by Ambassador of Mexico Francisco Eduardo del Río López and Honorary Consul of Mexico Carlos Arredondo Martinez.
Six Latvian secondary school pupils go to the world’s largest scientific laboratory, the European Nuclear Research Centre (CERN) in Switzerland, to shade (follow) five RTU scientists.
The Italian Ambassador to Latvia, Stefano Taliani de Marchio, has introductory visit in RTU.
At the 30th Latvian Universiade, RTU badmintonists win gold medals both in the men’s and women’s overall and individual performances.
February 29–March 1
At the 96th Latvian Open Swimming Championships, FMETA student Daniils Bobrovs wins medals in two swims: 200m silver and 100m bronze in breaststroke.
In response to the state of emergency announced by the Latvian government to limit the spread of the «Covid-19» virus, all full-time student lectures, as well as all extra-curricular activities and preparatory courses have been cancelled from March 13 to April 14 by RTU Rector Academician Leonīds Ribickis. The Rector’s decree stipulates that employees shall, as far as possible, also ensure remote work, in writing confirming compliance with occupational safety and data protection measures.
By RTU Rector’s order No. 01000-1.2-e/29 «On amendments to Order No. 01000-1.2-e/29 of 18 February 2019 01000-1.2-e/14 «For 2019/2020 academic year study work schedule»» RTU has cancelled spring break, determining the spring semester from 27.01. until 21.06.2020. Such a decision was made in order to be able to continue the distance learning process and compensate for the time required to start and implement distance learning.
RTU is recognized as one of the top 500 universities in the world in engineering and technology by tehnoloģijās «QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020», becoming the only university in Latvia ranked among the top five industries.
RTU awards special prizes to the 17 best authors of scientific research papers in the field of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) of the 44th Latvian Students’ Scientific Research Paper Conference.
By the order of RTU Rector Academician Leonīds Ribickis No. 01000-1.1-e/59 operating time is extended until 12 May 2020 on 13.03.2020. Rector’s order no. 01000-1.1-e/44 «On epidemiological precautionary measures in relation to the spread of COVID-19».
Taking into account the state of emergency announced in the country, due to which it is not possible to visit faculties in person, instead of the traditional RTU Open Doors, there is an event «Connect to RTU!». Where it is possible to watch online interviews and ask questions to the members of the faculty and students. Each day is dedicated to one of the nine faculties of RTU.
In the foundations of the future building of the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology (FCSI) at the RTU Student Campus in Ķīpsala, a time capsule is laid with a message for future generations from RTU Rector Academician Leonīds Ribicks and four faculty’s deans – current Dean of FCSI Professor Agris Ņikitenko and former Dean Professor, Jānis Grundspeņķis (as Dean 1994–2005; 2007–2018) and Uldis Sukovskis (as Dean 2005–2007).
2nd year master student of FA Madara Glinka receives the annual scholarship of the architect Jānis Alksnis (1869–1939).
With the decision of Senate of RTU (Minutes No. 639):
RTU lecturers and the Ambassador of Latvia to the Republic of Azerbaijan participate in a video conference of the Academy of State Customs Committee of Republic of Azerbaijan.
Entering the Big Clean-up of 2020, one of the 140 poles provided by the society «1836» is dug at FA in Ķīpsala, symbolically marking the road around Latvia.
The general meeting of RTU Student Parliament (SP) is taking place, where a new SP Board and SP President Lāsma Līga Reisa (FCSIT) are elected.
With the decision of Senate of RTU (Minutes No. 640):
FET receives a valuable gift – case internet network base station – from «OG Baltics», an exclusive partner of «Sigfox» in Latvia.
Faculty of Power and Electrical Engineering (FPEE) celebrated its 60th anniversary. Excursions in the former building of the faculty at 1 Kronvalda bulvāris and at the present building at 12 k-1 Āzenes iela in Ķīpsala, as well as a social event at 1 Kaļķu iela took place.
The 4th year’s student team of the Bachelor’s Professional Study Program «Trantsportbūve» («Transport Building») of Faculty of Civil Engineering (FCE) – Romāns Kornišovs, Kristaps Maneks and Juris Latišs – got the second place in the 3rd International Transport Building Student Olympiad in Minsk, Belarus.
School year 2017/2018 graduate of RTU Engineering High School (EHS) Roberts Pavlovskis got the Gold Medal at the International Economics Olympiad in Moscow.
RTU was organizing the Most Powerful Conference on Power Electronics «EPE 2018» of European Power Electronics and Drives Association (EPE).
RTU joined the Magna Charta Observatory (Magna Charter Universitatum). At a solemn ceremony held in Spain, at the University of Salamanca, the accession document was signed by RTU Vice-Rector for Strategic Development Artūrs Zeps. The Spanish King and Queen, Rector of the University of Bologna, President of the Magna Charta Observatory and representatives of other universities took part at the ceremony.
The best-equipped and most modern metrology laboratory in the Baltics «Mitutoyo» was opened at RTU Laboratory Building at 1 Paula Valdena iela, Room 106 within the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Transport and Aeronautics (FMETA).
With the decision of the Senate of RTU (Minutes No. 622) the title of RTU Honorary Doctor was granted to Professor of Chair of Mechanics and Robotics of University of Duisburg-Essen Andrés George Kecskeméthy Darányi.
RTU students Daniils Bobrovs (FMETA), Gustavs Vīksne (Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology; FCSIT) and Tomass Jegorovs (FCSIT) as well as graduate (2018) of the Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management (FEEM) Ģirts Feldbergs took part in a 100 x 100 meter freestyle relay swim dedicated to the centenary of Latvia. That was an attempt to beat the Guinness World Record. Latvian swimmers reached a world record in a swimming relay (1:30:28) in a 50-meter swimming pool, Guinness’s record (1:29:03) was reached in Britain in a 25-meter pool.
RTU signed cooperation agreement with Latvian Academy of Sport Education on cooperation in studies, science and innovation and student exchange.
RTU and five other Latvian universities signed the Memorandum of Cooperation on Efforts to strengthen sustainability in Latvia. The Memorandum was signed at the seminar «Augstskolu loma un atbildība Latvijas ilgtspējas veicināšanā» («Role and Responsibility of University Institutions in Promoting Sustainability in Latvia») of «GreenMetric» which was held at RTU.
Students of Bachelor’s Professional Study Program «Material Technology and Design» of Institute of Design Technologies (IDT) of The Faculty of Materials Science and Applied Chemistry (FMSAC) Ieva Kreile and Santa Pikuma acquired Annual Award 2018 from the Latvian Designers’ Society in the category of universities in sub-category «Product Design».
The second RTU History Day and the 59th International Scientific Conference in the Section of History of Engineering Sciences and Institutions of Higher Education were held. The second volume in Latvian and English of the scientific journal of RTU Research Centre for Engineering History (RCEH) and popular-scientific book «Riga Technical University. Half a Century on Ķīpsala» were opened.
At the 59th plenary session of the International Scientific Conference, the title «RTU Scientist of the Year 2018» was awarded to Senior Researcher of FMSAC Jānis Ločs; the title «RTU Young Female Scientist of the Year 2018» was awarded to Researcher of FMSAC Arita Dubņika; the title «RTU Young Scientist of the Year 2018» was awarded to Senior Researcher of Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications (FET) Andis Supe; RTU Annual Award for Valorisation received Professor of FPEE Dagnija Blumberga; for the first time the prize in valorisation was presented to the student, it received Researcher of FMSAC Uldis Peipiņš; the title «RTU Honorary Alumnus 2017» was awarded to Chairman of the Board of «HansaMatrix» Ilmārs Osmanis; for the first time the lecturers were congratulated: the «RTU Annual Academic Excellence Award 2018» was awarded to Associate Professor of FCSIT Alla Anohina-Naumeca; Honorary title «RTU New Lecturer of the Year 2018» was awarded to lecturer of FEEM Leonards Budņiks; development grants were awarded to Dean of FEEM Professor Elīna Gaile-Sarkane; Professor of FMSAC Svetlana Čornaja and Professor of FCSIT Inta Volodko.
In Frankfurt, during the «InterGeo» Forum, work «The Use of Combined Methods for Precise Topographic Data Acquisition» of undergraduate of Professional Study Program «Geomatics» of FCE Rūdolfs Mellēns was acknowledged as the Winning paper of CLGE Student Contest in category Geodesy, Topography.
For the third year in a row, FEEM and the Riga Business School (RBS) of RTU saved the Four Leagues of Palms of Excellence at «Eduniversal» rating.
Pupils of the 10th grade of RTU EHS took part in the world’s largest lesson, which took place in Vecumnieki village and was being developed in cooperation with the company «Latvian State Forests».
President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis, Minister of Education and Science Kārlis Šadurskis and Head of the National Centre for Education of the Republic of Latvia Guntars Catlaks at the solemn ceremony at Riga Castle welcomed secondary school pupils who had successfully participated in international training Olympiads. Among them were pupils of RTU EHS: graduates of EHS –Roberts Pavlovskis (Gold Medal in the 1st International Economic Olympiad); Tomass Ernests Auziņš (Bronze Award at the 29th International Biology Olympiad); pupil Artems Ubaidullaevs (recognition at the 59th International Mathematical Olympiad), pupil Jana Boļmante (participation in the International German Olympiad). Gratitude for contributing to the preparation of Latvian pupils for the International GENUS Olympiad was given to the Researcher of the Institute of Technology of Organic Chemistry (ITOC) of FMSAC Krista Suta.
With the decision of Senate of RTU (Minutes No. 623) Institute of Mechanics (IM) and Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IME) of FMETA was reorganized and their obligations and rights were taken over by the newly established structural unit – Institute of Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering.
RTU delegation under the leadership of Rector Academician Leonīds Ribickis attended five institutions of university educations – Kyungpook National University (Daegu, Korea), Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taipei, Taiwan), WuFeng University (Chiayi, Taiwan), Hang Seng University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China) to sign a cooperation agreements, discuss the success of the cooperation and mark new opportunities.
RTU ranked 801st+ place in the new rating «Times Higher Education», which evaluates university performance in natural science.
RTU Rector Academician Leonīds Ribickis at Hong Kong City University in China received the «World Cultural Council» award for contributing education.
Senior Researcher of the Institute of Applied Chemistry of FMSAC Kristaps Māliņš received the highest award of the Jelgava Region – Honorary Diploma.
The Director of Institute of Transport Infrastructure Engineering of FCE, the Head of Department of Roads and Bridges Professor Dr. sc. ing. Ainārs Paeglītis received the Cross of Recognition, III Class. Head of RTU Defence and Military Technology Research Centre, Chief of Intelligence Division of the National Guard Student Battalion of the Latvian National Guard, Head of the National Guard Science, Research and Innovation Implementation Center Captain Juris Ķiploks received the Order of Viesturs, V Class.
The Cabinet of Ministers (CM) of the Republic of Latvia decided to reorganized Mechanics and Technology College of Olaine by joining to RTU from 1 July 2019.
Latvian Academy of Sciences (LAS) at Autumn General Meeting elected FMSAC Professor Valdis Kokars as Academician and choose Senior Researcher of FMSAC Jānis Ločs and Dean of FET Professor Jurģis Poriņš as LAS Corresponding Members.
RTU EHS received the LAS Award in Education and Science – Honorary title of Cicerone.
Professor Aivars Vilnis Krastiņš, Director of the Institute of International Business and Customs (IIBC) of FEEM was awarded with the State Revenue Service (SRS) Badge of the Honour, Badge of Honour of the First Class for personal contribution to the development of the SRS by establishing and strengthening the customs and tax education system in Latvia.
IIBC of FEEM received Certificate of Recognition for the acknowledgment of long-term cooperation, promoting the achievement of the SRS goals.
SRS also expressed gratitude to Associate Professor of Chair of Customs and Taxes of IIBC Maris Jurušs for participation in elaboration of excise duty gap methodology and conducting research on illegal movement of excise goods, involving students who promote SRS goals.
Annual Awards of «Latvenergo» and LAS were awarded to three scientists: Associate Professor of the Institute of Industrial Electronics and Electrical Engineering (IIEE) Pēteris Apse-Apsītis received the LAS Award named by Alfrēds Vītols for outstanding contribution to energetic; Senior Researcher of IIEE of FEEM Jānis Zaķis and Senior Researcher of Scientific Laboratory of Functional Materials Technologies (SLFMT) of FMSAC Andris Šutka acquired the award of «Latvenergo» and LAS for significant contribution to energetics; the young scientists Līga Grase and Poļina Ivanova, who had developed and defended doctoral theses at RTU (2017, 2018) received the 2018 Award for Success in the Energetics; 11 students of RTU (10 from FPEE; one from FMETA) received awards from LAS for successful defending of diplomas.
By decision of the Senate of RTU (Minutes No. 625), the Centre of Industrial Design and Ergonomics of the Institute of Mechanics of FMETA was liquidated by establishing the Chair of Industrial Design.
Award of Civil Engineer Guntis Bole was handed to graduate of Faculty of Architecture (FA) Agnija Pastare and to 4th year student of study programme «Heat, Gas and Water Technology» of FCE Raimonds Bogdanovčs at the FA. At the same event the Latvian Regional Architecture Premium of Professor Ivars Strautmanis was awarded to graduate of FA (2018) Luīze Marta Aizpurva.
The Exhibition #ZinātneLatvijai created by the Ministry of Education and Science (MES) was opened at the fashion and entertainment center «Riga Plaza» at 71 Mūkusalas iela. The exhibition was also attended by Senior Researcher of Institute of Telecommunications (IT) of FET Sandis Spolītis, Associate Professor and the Head of the Chair of Environmental Protection and Heat Systems of FPEE Jūlija Gušča, graduate of FMSAC Kristaps Jaudzems and graduate of FMETA Dainis Jakovels.
Robotics Hobby Group of RTU EHS participated in the largest Festival of Robotics in the world «Robotex» in Tallinn in 2018 gaining the 3rd place in girls competition and outstanding success in other categories of competitions, reaching the top of world ratings.
The opened competition organized by the RTU Procurement Unit for the construction of the FCSIT building and Public Auditorium Centre at RTU Campus in Ķīpsala was recognized as «Annual Procurement» in 2018.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Chile Hernan Bascuñán-Jiménez, third Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Chile Michel Lavin and the Honorary consul of the Republic of Chile to Latvia Marc Fedder attended the RTU.
The FEEM opened the «Bloomberg» laboratory, giving access to a wide range real-time databases, researches and analysis tools for students and researchers.
Graduates and teachers of RTU EHS were awarded with the Honorary Diplomas and Medals of the Friendly Call Foundation. In the nomination «Absolvents» for outstanding achievements, Bronze Medal at the International Biology Olympiad in 2018 was awarded to the graduate Ernests Tomass Auziņš; Roberts Pavlovskis was awarded for the gained Gold Medal at the 2018 Economic Olympiad; graduate Vladislavs Aščeulovs was awarded for the gained Bronze Medal at the 2017 International Chemistry Olympiad. Three teachers were awarded in the nomination «Skolotājs»: Biology teacher Dace Bērtule, Economic teacher Uldis Kamols, Chemistry teacher Laura Fjodorova.
The symbol of FMETA – the gear – was moved from 36 Viskaļu iela to Ķīpsala and placed in front of the building at 6B Āzenes iela.
RTU signed a new contract with the MES on the training of specialists and ensuring the development of scientific activity on the resources of the state budget.
Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ogre Municipality Egils Helmanis and RTU Rector Academician Leonīds Ribickis signed a cooperation agreement, continuing the previously successful cooperation.
In the Shadow Day, RTU scientists and employees were followed by 180 «shadows». Five «shadows» of RTU scientists also followed by the largest particle physics laboratory – the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland. US Ambassador to Latvia Nancy Bikoff Pettit visited the RTU Design Factory on the Shadow Day.
The first RTU and RSU joint graduation of bachelor’s professional study program «Medical Engineering and Physics» happened. 12 graduates received a joint diploma of both universities.
2nd year student sprinter of FMETA Kristaps Sietiņš became a Latvian champion in 60 m sprint hurdle race indoors (7.94) at Kuldīga Latvian Championship in Indoor Athletics and qualified for European Championship.
The open-type prototyping workshop «theLAB Cēsis» of the regional affiliate of the RTU Design Factory «theLAB» network was officially opened at RTU Cēsis Affiliate.
The 3rd year students of the study program «Material Technology and Design» of the IDT of the FMSAC were evaluated in a competition organized by «Modernists» dedicated to the centenary of «Bauhaus». Paula Kristiāna Kalniņa was recognized as the winner of the competition, the second best was Alise Sietniece and the third – Jānis Martuļevs.
RTU Rector Academician Leonīds Ribickis and 38 scientists from 13 European Union (EU) Member States signed a joint communiqué expressing commitment to make the EU as the world’s strongest community and leader in education, research, innovation, quality and ethical standards by 2050.
RTU Rector Academician Leonīds Ribickis during his visit to Italy signed an agreement with Rector University of Trieste Professor Maurizio Fermeglia on co-operation in bioengineering, biomedical engineering, biochemistry, medical physics and biotechnology.
The exhibition «Ķīmisko elementu periodiskā tabula – no Mendeļejeva līdz šodienai (1869–2019)» («The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements – from Mendeleev to Present (1869–2019)») of Mendeleev Tables was opened at FMSAC. The exhibition was a donation to the faculty by the long-standing chemistry teacher of Iecava Secondary School Mihails Gorskis.
2nd year student Reinis Krauklis of FCE won the final stage of the Badminton Tournament «Victor Latvia GP 2019», which took place at the Salaspils Sports Complex.
By decision of the Senate of RTU (Minutes No. 628), by reorganising the Department of Maintenance such structures were established: Infrastructure Department and Student Hostel Department; by reorganizing the Administrative Department, Administrative Service Office of the Director of administration was established.
The conference «Pārmaiņas ilgtspējīgai augstākajai izglītībai» («Changes to Sustainable University Education») dedicated to the future of university education took place at the Scientific Library of RTU, with the participation of the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia Ilga Šuplinska and members of the Education, Culture and Science and Sustainable Development Committee of the Saeima.
RTU opened a scientific photo exhibition of the CERN at the Liepāja Affiliate, giving an opportunity to learn how the Large Hadron Collider works.
At the LAS 2019 Spring General Meeting, the new scientist of the ITOC of FMSAC Armands Sebris on the master’s thesis « Synthesis and Photophysical Properties of Amorphous Purine-Azole Conjugates» received LAS Emīlija Gudriniece Prize in chemistry and technology of chemistry.
On 8 April 2019, President of the Republic of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis and the Chapter of Orders decided to award the Cross of Recognition for special merits in favour of the State of Latvia: Dean of the FMETA Professor Ēriks Geriņš and Professor of Chair of Theoretical Mechanics and Strength of Materials, Correspondent Member of LAS Jānis Vība; Director of Institute of Inorganic Chemistry of FMSAC, Senior Researcher, Academician of LAS Jānis Grabis. The solemn award ceremony took place on 3 May in Riga Castle.
Traditional fashion show of ITD of FMSAC «Ķīpsalas pavasaris 2019» («Spring of Ķīpsala 2019») celebrated its 15th anniversary.
JSC «Augstsprieguma tīkls» concluded a cooperation agreement with RTU and in the lobby of FPEE revealed the exhibition «Moving Energy». On 10 May, the exhibition travelled to Liepāja Affiliate of RTU, where it was opened until 25 May.
RTU, UL, MES, New York State University of Buffalo established a new study program «Computer Science and Organizational Technologies». For the first time, the program is financially supported by the MES, the Ministry of Economics, banks and the IT industry.
The Senior Researcher of the Institute of Construction Technology of FCE Videvuds Ārijs Lapsa, had been awarded the «Medal for Inventors» of the World Intellectual Property.
The World Customs Organization (WCO) endorsed the renewed international standards for the profession of customs officers developed at the FEEM IIBC. The WCO expressed its gratitude to RTU for the renewal of the standards.
April 27–May 1
At the Baltic Olympiad in Informatics in Tartu, Estonia, the 11th grade pupil Kārlis Šusters of RTU EHS won the Bronze Medal.
For the first time in the Baltics RTU was hosting an international annual conference «ICAReAlumni 2019» organized by RTU Alumni Association in cooperation with Porto Business School and Centre for Social Studies from Portugal.
For the first time in the History Museum of Customs and Taxes, FEEM was hosting a Museum Night event, providing a glimpse into the everyday life of custom officers. The event was created in cooperation with the Customs Board of the State Revenue Service and the Bauska Museum.
RTU women’s choir «Delta» celebrated its 60th Anniversary with a concert in RTU Great Hall, at 1 Kaļķu iela.
For the first time the 8th International Staff Training week of RTU took place at the RTU RCEH Exhibition Hall at 1 Kronvalda bulvāris.
FPEE the Institute of Energy Systems and Environment (IESE) received the 1st prize in the category «Urban development. Developing cities resilient to climate change» in the competition of the Ministry of Finance «RegioStars Latvija 2019».
In anticipation of 60th anniversary, the RTU Men’s Choir «Gaudeamus» was performing in the former Riga Steam Water Pumping Station at 196 Maskavas iela, where no concert has been performed so far.
RTU vocal group « Jauna nianse » celebrated its 20th anniversary with a concert in the RTU Small Hall, at 1 Kaļķu iela.
Kārlis Rimaševskis, a pupil of RTU EHS, received a Bronze Medal and Uģis Vevers received a recognition at the International Young Scientists’ Competition «Genius Olympiad» in Oswego, New York.
By decision of the RTU Senate (Minutes No. 631), the title of RT Honorary Doctor was granted to Professor Hidenori Mimura, Director of the Research Institute of Electronics of Shizuoka University (Japan); RTU BALTECH Study Centre was included in the FEEM.
FMSAC opened a new laboratory where faculty researchers will work with «Microactivity effi» reactor for the production of liquid fuel components from carbon dioxide (CO2) and carbon monoxide (CO).
RTU Rector Academician Leonīds Ribickis received a Certificate of Commendation from the President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis. It was awarded for personal contribution to the formation of knowledge society and the development of exact sciences in Latvia.
RTU was included in the «200+» category in the International European Training Ranking THE (Times Higher Education), which includes all universities ranked in 200–258th place. RTU is included in this rating for the first time.
RTU Rector Academician Leonīds Ribickis meet members of the summer camp – school for talented Latvian students «Alfa» and, inspiring for future challenges in engineering, presented a book about RTU Honorary Member Mikhail Dolivo-Dobrovolsky.
For the eighth year in a row from the employers RTU has been admitted as the most highly recommended university in Latvia.
The International Exhibition Centre BT1, in Ķīpsala, hosted the largest international chess festival in Northern Europe, «RTU Open 2019», the winner of whom was Latvian chess player Igors Kovaļenko.
Kārlis Šusters, a pupilof RTU EHS, won a bronze medal at the 31st International Olympiad in Informatics in Baku (Azerbaijan) along the 325 participants.
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way, RTU men’s choir «Gaudeamus» under the direction of Ivars Cinkuss participated in a largescale concert «Saule. Pērkons. Daugava» («Sun. Thunder. Daugava») in the Likteņdārzā (the Garden of Destinies). One of the creators of the concert program was I. Cinkuss. The President of Latvia Egils Levits also attend the event.
Solemnly the new building of FMETA at 6B Ķīpsalas iela was officially opened (the FCE was located at previously renovated building). Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia Ilga Šuplinska participatd in the opening ceremony. The Minister of Economics of the Republic of Latvia Ralfs Nemiro visited the RTU Campus.
The first RTU History Day and the 58th International Scientific Conference of the Section of History of Engineering Sciences and Institutions of Higher Educations was held. A new Exposition Hall of RTU RCEH was opened at 1 Kronvalda Boulevard, as well as the 5th book of the historystudy «Augstākās tehniskās izglītības vēsture» («History of Higher Technical
Education») and the first volume of scientific articles of RTU RCEH were presented.
RTU Administration, staff and students put flowers in the final resting places of the deceased rectors of university in Rīga Great Cemetery, Meža Cemetery and Matīsa Cemetery.
British Embassy’s Defence Attache to Republic of Latvia Mark Sapsford visited RTU.
Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Latvia Hanan Khalfan Al Aleeli visited RTU.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Chile to Republic of Latvia Jose Goni visited RTU.
Professor of FMSAC of RTU Andris Ozols received the The Certificate of Recognition of the Cabinet of Ministers.
Head of the RTU Culture Centre Asja Visocka received the Cross of Recognition, IV Class.
New RTU magazine «Innovation» was founded.
RTU became a full Member of the Association of European Network for Academic Integrity.
Practical Associate Professor of the Institute of Design Technologies of FMSAC Juris Emsiņš received the highest award of the forest and timber industry «Zelta čiekurs» («Golden Pine Cone»), the Certificate of Recognition of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Honorary diploma and the chest badge «Zelta sēkliņa» («Golden Seed»).
Professor Elīna Gaile-Sarkane was elected as Chair of the Senate of RTU for the second term, Associate Professor Jānis Kaminskis was elected as Deputy Chair.
For the first time New Employees’ Day took place.
First Lady of Japanese Prime Minister Akie Abe visitied the RTU and EHS of RTU.
RTU students who graduated from the University in winter 2017/2018, for the first time in the history of Latvia received diploma annexes in electronic form.
The student of the FPEE Patriks Gailums was recognized as the best young athlete of the year (U-20) in Latvia.
The 2nd year student of the FMETA Artūrs Dārzieks, took the 24th place in luge racing at the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea (KOR).
The Exposition Hall of the RTU RCEH held an exhibition «Three countries. Three centenaries. Three architects», dedicated to the centenary of the Baltic States – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
The first festive event of presenting students of the 12th grade of EHS of RTU with the school badges took place.
RTU RCEH launced perennial Professor of FPEE Jēkabs Barkāns’ book «Noklusētās sāpes» («Hidden Pain»).
Vice Mayor Zhang Gong of Beijing (PRC) and President of the Beijing International Studies University (BISU) Ji Jinbiao visited RTU.
The artistic director of the RTU mixed choir «Vivere» Gints Ceplenieks was awarded the Annual Award «Baltais zvirbulis» («The White Sparrow ») of the Education, Culture and Sports Department of Riga City Council.
With the decision of the Senate of RTU (Minutes No. 619), the Student Services Department, which includes the Admission Commission and the Division of Career Development and Services, was established.
RTU Alumni Association presented a new digital platform «RTUconnect» at the Alumni Party.
«The CERN – Science Accelerator» exhibition organized by RTU was opened at the Latvian National Library, with the aim of raising the awareness of the Latvian public about the importance of Latvia’s accession to the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN), as well as educating the public about innovative technologies and promoting interest in the
field of exact sciences.
The Senate of RTU (Minutes No. 620), on the bases of the decisions of the Faculty Council, confirmed the following positions: Dean of the FCSIT – Professor Agris Ņikitenko (from 02.07.2018); Dean of the FMSAC – Professor Māris Turks (from 02.07.2018).
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of Latvia Jeong-Kyu Lee visited RTU.
Universities of the Baltic States signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the European CERN in Geneva. The CERN Baltic Group was officially established, which included all the major regional universities – Riga Technical University, University of Latvia, Riga Stradiņš University, Kaunas University of Technology, Vilnius University, Estonian National Institute of Biochemistry, Tallinn University of Technology and Tartu University. RTU Professor and Research Assistant of CERN Toms Torims was elected Head of the CERN Baltic Group.
RTU student teams «Riga Airmobile» and «Riga Fresh» won two silver and one bronze medal at the International Pneumobil Races in the Egra city in Hungary.
Delegation of the Saxony-Anhalt (Federal Republic of Germany) Landtag Committee on Science, Economics and Digitization visited RTU.
Researcher of FCE Aleksandrs Zajacs receives prize of LAS and «Latvijas Gāze» for research on heat supply systems.
The 4th World Congress of Latvian Scientists took place in Latvia, with the participation of RTU scientists.
In «Arēna Rīga» («Arena Riga»), the second RTU Grand Graduation Party takes place, where for the first time, together with bachelors and masters, the young doctoral students who had defended their doctoral theses in 2017 were also welcomed. RTU diplomas were received by 1392 bachelors and masters, as well as 35 young doctors.
The 18th Baltic Student Song and Dance Festival «Gaudeamus» takes place Tartu, Estonia. The following are represented from the RTU: the choirs «Delta», «Gaudeamus» and «Vivere», the groups of young and middle-aged people in Folk Dance Ensemble «Vektors».
The first Graduation Party of EHS of RTU was held in RTU Great Hall, at 1 Kaļķu Street. President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis, the Minister of Education and Science Kārlis Šadurskis, as well as the supporters of the secondary school, participated in it.
June 30–July 8
XXVI Nationwide Latvian Song Festival and XVI Dance Festival took place. The following RTU collectives participated: female choir «Delta», mixed choir «Vivere», male choir «Gaudeamus», vocal ensemble «Jauna nianse», Folk Dance Ensemble «Vektors», brass band «SPO», student theatre «Kamertonis», post-folk music group «Daba san». RTU Rector Academician Leonīds Ribickis participated in the festive opening procession.
RTU for the first time was included in platinum category of «Ilgtspējas indekss» («Sustainability Index») of Latvian enterprises.
The Dean’s Office of the FMETA started operating in the Laboratory Building, Room 303, at 1 Paula Valdena Street 1, Ķīpsala.
For the seventh year in a row, RTU was named the most recommended higher education institution in the survey of employers, which had been compiled by the Employers’ Confederation of Latvia in cooperation with the career and education portal prakse.lv.
The President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis to the representatives of the EHS of RTU presented Atis Kronvalds Foundation Award «Lielā Pūce» («Great Owl») in the Best Small School Rating. The president also presents acknowledgement to the representatives of the High School for the third place in the Foundation’s created Star Rating, which includes schools whose students have had the best performances at international educational Olympiads.
The traditional meeting of RTU Rector with teaching staff and employees of RTU at the beginning of new study year.
In accordance with the decision of the Senate of RTU on 21 March, the new graphic identity of RTU came into force.
The Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management (FEEM) celebrates its 50th Anniversary with an event honouring employees at 1 Kaļķu Street.
Reception of the Dean of FEEM and solemn event takes place at the Culture Palace «Ziemeļblāzma», dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the faculty.
RTU Design Factory is officially opened.
The events of RTU 154th Anniversary:
The 50th anniversary of the renewed Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunication (FET) is celebrated with a discussion of physics and interest education teachers and the solemn opening of the renovated building.
The new branch of the Health Center-4 – RTU Health Centre – Is opened in the premises of Ķīpsala Swimming Pool.
The fifth graduation of doctoral students is taking place in RTU Great Hall, at 1 Kaļķu Street. 50 young scientists who received their doctoral degree in 2016 receive doctoral diplomas.
The Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning is renamed the Faculty of Architecture (the decision of Senate of RTU on 20 February 2017, Minutes No. 607).
The Senate of RTU (Minutes No. 609) decides to create the position of the Vice-Rector for Strategic Development and, as of 2 May 2017, to approve Artūra Zeps, previous Deputy Rector for Development, in the position.
RTU men’s volleyball team «RTU/Robežsardze» becomes Latvian champions for the second year in a row.
Sintija Pastare, a graduate of the Faculty of Materials Science and Applied Chemistry (FMSAC), becomes the European champion in the European Open Weightlifting Championship, at the same time reaching a new Latvian record in her weight category (up to 63 kg).
RTU Professor Jurijs Merkurjevs in the solemn meeting, is honoured with the award of Eižens Āriņš in Computer Science 2017, which is rewarded for a significant theoretical contribution to the development of Latvian computer science.
RTU swimmers correct four national records in the 93rd Latvian Championship – 50 m in the breaststroke (N. Maskaļenko), 100 m in the breaststroke (D. Bobrovs), 200 m in the breaststroke (D. Bobrovs) and 4 x 200 m in the freestyle swim (D. Bobrovs, G. Feldbergs together with team members).
The Senate of RTU (Minutes No. 610):
The opening ceremony of the book «Dejas inženieris» dedicated to the life of Uldis Šteins, the long-term Artistic Director of the RTU Folk Dance Ensemble «Vektors» and the Head of the Latvian Dance Festival, is taking place at the Culture Palace «Ziemeļblāzma».
Commemorative medals of Pauls Valdens are awarded to professors of the Faculty of Materials Science and Applied Chemistry Ērika Bizdēna, Mārtiņš Kalniņš, Valdis Kokars and chemistry historian Uldis Alksnis.
The Senate of RTU (Minutes No. 611), based on the decisions of the faculties’ councils’ confirms:
For the first time in the history of Latvia and RTU, a joint graduation of all nine RTU faculties and a gathering of graduates is taking place in the arena «Rīga» – it is one of the events of the 155th Anniversary of RTU, bringing together about 6000 people.
RTU at «OS World University Ranking 2018» enters 2.5% among the best universities in the world. Among employers, RTU is recognized as the 193rd best in the world.
With the decision of the Senate of RTU on 27 May 2017 (Minutes No. 608) the Chair of Sports and the Sports Club terminate their activities as independent structural units, joining the RTU Sports Centre.
For the second year in a row, RTU Engineering High School wins the first place in the ranking of the best small schools created by the Atis Kronvalds Foundation and keeps the traveling award «Lielā Pūce» for another year.