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The legal basis for celebrating the founding date of the university was the decision of the Senate sitting on 27 September 1993, further designating 14 October as the day of celebration of Riga Technical University (RTU) and providing for a solemn Senate sitting, closing session of international scientific conference, different artistic and sports events, visiting the resting places of former university rectors, student party, etc. events. There are no studies for students on this day.
The existence of 135 years of RTU in 1997 was celebrated on the 13th–15th of October. Representatives of the university traditionally visited the Great Cemetery and laid flowers at the resting places of the first professors of the university, including the first director Ernst Nauck. RTU Sports Club organized a mass race in Ķīpsala, while university swimmers competed in the RTU Swimming Pool. In the afternoon, the exhibition «RTU (RPI) Yesterday and Today» was opened at the RTU International Exhibition Centre, in the creation of which the RTU History Museum, university faculties and other structural units were involved.
At the same time, a conference on the history of RTU took place, but in the evening, a large celebration of lecturers, students and guests took place at the International Exhibition Centre in Ķīpsala. On the second day of the celebration on 15 October, the Rector received congratulations at 1 Kaļķu Street, but in the afternoon, the 135th Anniversary sitting with the President of the Republic of Latvia Guntis Ulmanis, Speaker of the Saeima Alfrēds Čepāņs, Minister of Education and Science Juris Celmiņš and more other guests (among them were also representatives of several foreign embassies), as well as the participation of RTU lecturers, students and graduates took place.
During the festival, the RTU staff was greeted by delegations from several Latvian and foreign universities, as well as institutions and manufacturing companies. The concert was given by RTU students’ amateur artistic groups at the event.
This anniversary was also significant because for the first time private individuals donated real estate to the university – six hectares of land in Tukums district of Engure parish called «Ronīši», where the university sports and recreation base is located. RTU received the gift from Oskars Visvaldis Freijs and his nephew Leonīds Juris Freijs, who worked as an engineer and architect in the Department of Capital Construction of RTU.