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Rectors of technical universities of the Baltic States – Tallinn University of Technology (TUT), Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU) and Riga Technical University (RTU) – met at RTU to discuss the possibilities of closer cooperation in engineering studies, research and valorisation. As the outcome of the meeting, the Rectors agreed on a strategic framework for cooperation.
RTU Rector Professor Leonīds Ribickis, TUT Rector Professor Jaak Aaviksoo and VGTU Rector Professor Alfonsas Daniūnas met on June 7. The Rectors agreed on a strategic framework for cooperation between the universities, which will allow developing cooperation in order to achieve the quality that would promote development of the technical universities of the Baltic States in terms of funding to reach the level of the technical universities in the Nordic countries.
RTU is already actively cooperating with the Lithuanian and Estonian technical universities in the field of research and studies. Scientists at TUT and RTU are jointly searching for efficient solutions for industrial wastewater treatment and for limiting pollution in the Baltic Sea. TUT, VGTU and RTU specialists carry out a major study on the development of smart and safe clothing. VGTU and RTU implement two joint study programmes, as well as Erasmus+ project aimed at promoting development of creativity and innovation in the higher education space.
Technical universities of the Baltic States have united in BALTECH, Baltic Sea region university consortium for science and technology, whose goal is to promote closer cooperation in innovation and technology transfer between the technical universities of the region. The consortium has been operating for 20 years by implementing different activities and offering mobility scholarships to academic staff and students of all study levels from technical universities in the Baltic Sea region.