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Riga Technical University (RTU) invites Ukrainian students and academic staff members who have to leave home due to the war started by Russia to continue their academic work in Latvia at RTU.
«RTU is an international university, we are tolerant of all nationalities, but by no means of an aggressive government, which allows genocide against an independent nation. We are together with the Ukrainian people, who are fighting for their independence,» says RTU Rector Leonīds Ribickis justifying the position of RTU.
Following the decision by the Ministry of Education and Science Ukrainian civilians studying in accredited higher education study program in Ukraine are admitted to RTU as mobility students for the current spring semester until June 30 (bachelor, master and PhD students). Those who are willing to continue their studies that were started in Ukraine, first need to be acquainted with RTU study opportunities (https://international.rtu.lv/) in order to find a programme corresponding to their studies started in Ukraine.
In turn, the website (https://www.ukraine-latvia.com/) provides general information on where and what support and assistance refugees from Ukraine can receive in Latvia.
RTU offers refugees accommodation in its hostels. In order to live in RTU service hotels, refugee status must be applied for in Refugee Centers - Kalku Street 1 or Krisjana Valdemara Street 5.
Since 24 February, when Russia started the war in Ukraine, RTU has been offering both practical support to its international students from Ukraine and to Ukrainian refugees who entered Latvia after the beginning of the war.
In order for the Ukrainian refugees to receive financial support, RTU Development Fund has started collecting donations, inviting RTU employees, students and cooperation partners to donate funds to Ukrainian students and academic staff members. The donations will be used to provide financial support to the Ukrainian refugees in order to cover their daily expenses and to start studies and work in Latvia. It is also planned that RTU Development Fund, together with its cooperation partners, will offer Ukrainian students paid internships in the summer period.
Twenty international students from Ukraine are already studying at RTU, and starting from March, RTU will award them scholarships so that the students can live and study in Latvia when there is the war in their homeland. In individual discussions with the students, the personal needs of each person are identified in order to be able to help accordingly.
More information about financial support find here.
RTU has sent letters to its 13 partner higher education institutions in Ukraine, as well as to the Embassy of Ukraine in Latvia, offering the opportunity for Doctoral students of partner higher education institutions to continue their research work, which was interrupted due to the war, at RTU.
Since 1 March, the Ukrainian flag has been flying in RTU campus in Ķīpsala. It was raised in solidarity with Ukraine and to express support for its struggle for land and independence.