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On Tuesday, 18 June, Ambassador of Kingdom of Norway to the Republic of Latvia Kristian Ødegaard and representative of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Latvia Dace Dižbite-Ose visited RTU to meet with the University administration and faculty deans, discussing current RTU cooperation with Norwegian higher education institutions and outlining possible future bilateral cooperation scenarios in studies, science and valorization.
At the beginning of the visit, Kristian Ødegaard and Dace Dižbite-Ose met with RTU Rector, Academician Leonīds Ribickis, Vice-Rector for Strategic Development Artūrs Zeps, RTU Deputy Rector for International Academic Cooperation and Studies, Professor Igors Tipāns, and Director of the Quality Management and Record Management Department Juris Iljins. During this meeting, the representatives of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Latvia were informed about RTU’s current cooperation with Norwegian higher education institutions, RTU’s progress in the modernisation of infrastructure and internationalisation of the study environment, as well as future development plans.
Afterwards, K. Ødegaard went to RTU Ķīpsala Campus where I. Tipāns conducted a meeting with Professor of RTU Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology Agris Ņikitenko, Dean of the Faculty of Materials Science and Applied Chemistry, Professor Māris Turks, Head of the Department of International Programs of Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management Modris Ozoliņš, project manager of the International Projects Unit Timo-Juhani Turunen, and project manager of the International Cooperation Unit Ēriks Badamšins.
During the meeting, RTU representatives introduced K. Ødegaard to the university’s progress in studies and science in cooperation with Norwegian higher education institutions and the industry; the parties also discussed possible models of cooperation between RTU and Norwegian higher education institutions by implementing joint study programmes and organising summer schools.
At the end of the visit, representatives of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Latvia visited RTU Design Factory and Laboratory House where they were informed about RTU’s achievements in cooperation with the industry, as well as were given a visual insight into the technical supply of the university that is used for the provision of the study process and implementation of international research projects.