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The Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) brings together students from different sectors, allowing them to develop a large-scale design and research project while strengthening and expanding the scientific activities of the academic staff. The aim of the activity is to make it possible for students from different study programmes and levels to cooperate in a long-term research project – Master’s and Doctoral students supervise the work of ̄Bachelor’s students at a design and research project which may be a part of the research work of the respective Master’s or Doctoral student.
Students earn credit points or receive a scholarship, and the academic staff can use the results of the team work. Teams are interdisciplinary – students from all faculties are involved and vertically integrated – each semester students represent different levels of study, ranging from Bachelor's to Doctoral studies. All students at Bachelor's level may participate in the project for up to three years, and all Master’s and Doctoral students may participate throughout the entire period of their studies. The work of the team is supervised by a professor and is managed by senior students. The team should work continuously on developing the prototype, as well as collecting and processing data by applying the research method. Quality control and assistance in design and prototype manufacturing is provided by the RTU Design Factory.