Riga Technical University (RTU) has received award «Latvian Export 2016» from the Export Council of Latvia for development of innovative products and popularization of Latvia in the world. RTU has also been awarded the quality mark «Quality Product of Latvia», thus promoting recognition and assuring its quality abroad.
RTU has been recognized for cooperation with entrepreneurs and coproduction of new products that are being introduced into the market, as well as for RTU researchers who start their own businesses that commercialize innovations developed by researchers. Last year RTU was for the first time included in the prestigious Times Higher Education World University Rankings that highly evaluated RTU cooperation with industry and entrepreneurs.
Director of RTU Department of Quality Control and Records Management Juris Iljins states, «It is very important to acknowledge that it is possible to export not only products, but also education. In the USA and Great Britain, this is one of the most profitable sectors and we should more actively support this sector in Latvia, thus contributing to the economic growth.»
J. Iljins emphasizes that RTU has been very successful not only in attracting foreign students but also in developing cooperation with the industry and outsourcing, as well as signing research agreements both with local and foreign companies. J. Iljins says, «I consider that exactly for these reasons RTU has received award «Latvian Export 2016». It is proved by the fact that in 2016 RTU received award from Employers’ Confederation of Latvia in the category «The Best Employer in Latvia» and that RTU is among 500 best universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings according to results for cooperation with industry.»
Latvian Export 2016 was the third contest organized by the Export Council of Latvia. Its aim is to evaluate and recognize Latvian companies that produce and export high quality products and services, thus popularizing the name of Latvia in the world. This year 15 winners have received award from the Export Council of Latvia.