In 1990, the name of the university was changed and Riga Polytechnic Institute (RPI) became Riga Technical University (RTU).
On 13 October 1992, the 130th Anniversary of the first university education institution of Latvia took place in the Hall of the University of Latvia at 19 Raiņa boulevard. The central events of the celebration were two reports: Academician Jānis Stradiņš described the situation in this Baltic region in the first years of the university’s existence, while RTU Rector Egons Lavendelis provided information on the current activities of the university.
On 14 October, a solemn sitting of the Senate was held at the Latvian Society House with the participation of many guests. For the first time in the history of the university, the rector of RTU was appointed with the chain of office of the rector. This attribute of the Rector’s power was presented by the Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Latvia Anatolijs Gorbunovs, adding: «Probably the Rector is pleased to receive this chain from the hands of his former student». Students’ amateur artistic groups performed in the festive concert, the festive events ended with a social evening in the White and Golden Hall of Riga Latvian Society House.