Riga Technical University consists of approximately 15000 students, about 3000 of which are international students. Around 400 of all students are members of the RTU Student Parliament – not to mention, many more are involved as activists! The RTU SP members are those, who have been granted the right to represent the opinion of students at RTU, because all RTU SP members are elected by the RTU students These 300 members belong to one of the Student Councils (or FSP) of 9 faculties and 4 Study and Science Centres.
The RTU SP General Assembly is the highest decision-making body of the RTU SP, consisting of 45 Student Council delegated members, which is proportional to the number of students in each faculty. Amongst them is also representative from RTU Study and Science Centre SP, and one representative from RTU Riga Business School. All decisions concerning changes in the RTU SP’s processes are made at the RTU SP General Assembly. This is also where the RTU SP executive body (the RTU SP Board) gets elected.
The RTU SP Board is a close-knit team of 9 students who ensure that daily processes in every sphere of student representation run smoothly. The team is managed by the president of the RTU SP, who is elected by the General Assembly as the head of the organisation every 2 years. The activity of the Board of Administration and the president are directly subordinate to review by the General Assembly, which means, that all significant proposals and works forwarded by the Board are further coordinated with the highest decision-making body of RTU SP.
The RTU SP General Assembly also has significant role in electing 10 student representatives to the RTU Senate. These students are the ones who directly represent the interests of all RTU students in the RTU collegial management decision-making authority (the Senate) - where the arrangements and regulations governing the activities of the entire Riga Technical University are decided on a daily basis.
The President of the RTU SP is head of the organisation and all its institutions. Leading the work of the RTU SP, faculties, Student Councils, and other members of the RTU SP – it is the duty of the President to follow the strategic direction and fulfilment of the goals of the organization. One of the most significant aspects of the Presidents work is the representation of students’ interests, which is achieved by maintaining constant communication with the RTU management and the rector, as well as operating in most of RTU’s collegial decision-making bodies. In addition to the daily tasks and financial supervision of the RTU SP, the President also represents the RTU SP and all RTU students among other student and youth organisations, the mass media and various events related to the sphere/scope of the RTU SP.
The Vice President is the right hand of the President of RTU SP, as well as support and substitute, both on a daily basis and on occasions when the President is ill, abroad or not available at the moment for any other reason. Since RTU has 9 faculties, and each of these faculties has its own Student Council, one of the Vice President’s main duties is the coordination of the leaders of these Councils – to answer their vague questions in the context of the management of RTU SP and Council management, to inform about what is going on in the RTU SP, assist and consolidate. The Vice President also takes care of the internal environment of the organisation, motivates its members, corrects, and updates the normative documents of the RTU SP, as well as organises project competitions.
As the name implies, the External Relations department cooperates with various organisations and people. Their main direction of action is the representation of RTU students in the Latvian Students’ Union (LSA) – participation and decision-making in LSA working groups and taking responsibility for students’ needs and interests on a national and international level. The External Relations department also cooperate with organisations such as NORDTEK, BALTECH, BEST etc., and ensures successful communication with Student Councils from other Latvian universities, as well as communicate with people who have previously worked in the RTU SP – our old comrades.
The Culture Department organises and coordinates major cultural events, including the widely known “Fukšu balli” or “Freshers ball”, thereby improving the cultural process and traditions of the RTU SP.
The Sports department coordinates organisation of sports events and develops the sport events as well as the traditions of the RTU SP. Under the supervision of the sports department are well-known sporting events such as winter sports games - “Briedīši” (Little Bucks), autumn sports games in place called “Ronīši” etc.
The RTU Student Parliament is continuously and actively working on a countless number of projects, both large and small. Although there are undeniably many people, who know about SP offers, however either way a large part of their work consists of providing continuous information on options and accomplishments of SP.The Marketing Department aims to create a positive and recognisable image of the SP to students, professors, administration and among employees and also extend this image outside the inner sphere of influence of the RTU.The RTU SP must be known not only by its name but even by its own actions. This is why the Marketing Department works everyday actively on it, let every event and project get additional added value by attracting supporting companies and looking out for potential partners.
The Studies Department is responsible for constantly improving the quality of studies at RTU. This department represents students’ opinions on academic issues both internally and externally, as well as coordinates course representatives and the academic advisors, not to mention its participation in the survey of the semester. Further responsibilities of this department include organising student faction activities at the RTU Senate, informing students about scholarships and crediting opportunities, maintaining communication with the RTU Studies department and the RTU Study Vice-Rector, and generally informing the RTU SP on current issues related to the study process at the university.
Environment and social affairs department not only combines green lifestyle activists, accordingly, making student life greener but also promotes infrastructures improvement processes collaborating with other RTU structural units. Environment and social affairs department takes care of student social problem solvation, as well as organizing events that are aimed at improvement of student well-being.
The main aim of the Department of Science and Innovation is to promote science at RTU. These are both scientific projects and popular science events, where scientific projects allow us to considerate the nuances and interconnections and popular science events give us general insight into various topics. Students are given opportunities to attend “Science Rocks” discussions led by professionals in their respective fields and acquire new skills in 3D printing competitions, defending their research papers at the “Scientific Technical Conference of Students” etc.
This department also represents students at different academic levels. There is regular cooperation with both the RTU Science department Vice-rector and the student representative, who daily attend the meetings of the Scientific Council and do represent the students point of views there. Certain attention is also paid to ensure the best possible quality of exchange of information so that every student of the RTU would be informed of the opportunities to develop their skills in the scientific field by getting involved in any of the Student Associations or RTU labs.