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On July 29, the virtual activity of the international summer school «Nonlinear Life» jointly organized by Riga Technical University and University of Bergamo (UniBg) in Italy had come to its end, gathering 50 students and young researchers from 16 countries and 27 faculty members and industry representatives from Austria, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Spain, Turkey and the USA. The virtual activity focused on new electronic devices and digital solutions for health care. At the end of August and the beginning of September, the summer schools will continue with two 1-week internships at the laboratories of UniBg and RTU.
By organizing this summer school, UniBg and RTU aim to help prepare specialists in inter-disciplinary fields, capable of not only developing high-tech products, but also successfully integrating themselves within the working environment of international companies and implementing different inter-disciplinary projects in a team. This year’s event is attended by 50 participants from 16 countries – Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, Turkey and the USA.
Rector of RTU Academician Leonīds Ribickis, Rector of UniBg Professor Sergio Cavalieri, the Ambassador of Latvia to Italy H.E. Mrs Solvita Āboltiņa and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Italy in Latvia Mr. Luigi Giovinazzi gave speeches as part of the conclusion of the virtual activity of the summer school.
Speakers together with the event moderator – Vice-Rector for Internationalization of UniBg Professor Flaminia Nicora – gave an insight into the joint activities in studies, research and culture implemented by both universities, giving significant importance to the Latvian Embassy in Italy and the Italian Embassy in Latvia in the development of this cooperation.
During the speeches, both Rectors and the representatives of the diplomatic corps of both countries gladly acknowledged that there have been accomplished significant development gains during the institutional visits led by both Rectors in Bergamo (April 2022) and in Riga (July 2022).
During the visit in Bergamo, have been signed both the Memorandum of Understanding between both universities and the Patronage Agreement for the summer school «Nonlinear Life» between RTU, UniBg, the Embassy of Latvia in Italy and the Embassy of Latvia in Italy.
S. Cavalieri and F. Nicora, RTU 160th Anniversary celebration event on 1st July 2022 in Riga, Latvia. During the visit, the representatives of UniBg held a meeting with His Excellency Ambassador of Italy to Latvia Mr. Alessandro Monti, RTU Vice-Rector for Research Academician Tālis Juhna, Deputy Rector for International Academic Cooperation and Studies Prof. Igors Tipāns, and Project Manager of International Cooperation Unit Mr. Ēriks Badamšins.
«Nonlinear Life» is the summer school with an interdisciplinary approach on engineering themes related to human health, promoted by the Riga Technical University in collaboration with the University of Bergamo. This year the summer school reaches its 5th Edition: the first two took place in Riga, Latvia and the third in Trieste, Italy, both with successful participation of students from all over Europe. During the Covid-19 pandemic the 4th Edition was carried out in virtual (online) mode, with more than 70 participants from 17 different countries in Europe, Asia and South America.