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RTU FEEM in collaboration with Georgia Institute of Technology starts development of a new study program

In June 2016, Julia Ellen Melkers, Associate Professor of the School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, visited FEEM. The purpose of the visit was to advise the FEEM academic staff on the development of a new Master’s study program “Public Policy Analysis” and its implementation at RTU in the academic year 2017/2018. At the same time Julia E. Melkers conducted a series of lectures on public management data array analysis methods and means and participated in preparing an application for the ESF project “Human and social capital formation for research, development and innovation in RIS3 areas specialization”.

Associate Professor Julia E. Melkers is an experienced expert in study program evaluation, public management and administration, as well as in the areas of education and career.

Dr. Julia E. Melkers is an associate professor of School of Public Policy in the US. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of public management, organization theory, science and technology policy. She is an experienced international consultant in public policy development and has given her recommendations to the governments of Mexico and Latvia, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Research Council, HUD, the states of Alaska and Georgia, and a number of other US states and European countries.




Rihards Gederts


Rihards Gederts,  3rd year student of Real Estate Management Mater’s study program applied for the professional internship program in the United States (U.S.) of Baltic American Freedom Foundation (BAFF). After going through the application contest and the interview process he was accepted in the program which enabled him to receive scholarship and internship placement at a U.S. company. With the help and coordination from BAFF he was able to find his internship placement in New York City.

Rihards Gederts

“I think that the strong academic knowledge you gain in school or university goes hand in hand with the professional knowledge you gain in your work. I had a great opportunity to study real estate management in the Institute of the Civil Engineering and Real Estate Economics in Riga Technical University, which helped me to understand essence and related business processes. I believe that uniting academic knowledge with professional skills allows an individual to achieve the intended career goals. Of course University or your job only gives you the tools. You as an individual need to put the tools into action and put in the necessary effort to reach your goal. This is one of the keys to success that is put into practice in the real estate industry in New York City.”, commented R. Gederts after finishing the BAFF professional internship program.

For several years, students of the Master’s program have received The International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) Scholarships. The FIABCI Scholarship Foundation is an international initiative focused on supporting the future careers of our younger generation throughout the world. The Funds have also been granted to member universities to further their international real estate education programs. The Foundation supports real estate researchers from all FIABCI regions and scholarships are awarded to applicants from many FIABCI Member States.

Associate professor Julia Ellen Melkers (USA) lecture on Public Policy

Riga Technical University invites you to an associate professor Julia Ellen Melkers (USA) lecture on Public Policy, which will take place on 06 June at. 12:00 Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management, 301 auditorium in Riga, Kalnciema Street 6

Associate professor is an experienced expert in program evaluation, public management and administration, education, careers and workforce.

Dr. Julia Ellen Melkers is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of public management, organizational theory, and science and technology policy. Her current funded work addresses collaboration patterns and social networks in science, outcomes of science, and issues around career development and mentoring in STEM fields. She has conducted performance-related work for the governments of Mexico and Latvia, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Research Council, HUD, the States of Alaska, Georgia, Rhode Island and Maine, the City of Atlanta, and the Atlanta Urban League. She previously was on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Georgia State University, and the University of Alaska.

RTU FEEM students successfully participated in an OIL Project for module at Coventry University

Between January the 18th and April the 22nd 2016, a number of students from Riga Technical University Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management together with other European and international students from the UK and Belgium participated in an Online International Learning (OIL) Project for 357SAM module at Coventry University UK.

Online International Learning (OIL) refer to ‘virtual mobility’ experiences that are embedded into the formal curriculum and provide students with an opportunity to interact with peers at international universities, so students can develop intercultural competences and digital skills while working together on subject-specific learning tasks or activities.

The main area of discussion was based on ‘Europe through the Global Lens’ in which the students had to participate in forums through online discussions on the following topics:

  • EU and Schengen
  • 2 Speed Europe Innovation in the EU
  • Europe in the Current Economic Crisis
  • EU and it’s education System
  • Innovation in the EU
  • Europe and its Trade
  • European Cultures or European Culture.
  • Should Turkey become an EU member?
  • Euro- One European Currency.
  • Europe in the Global Market
  • Should Greece be forced to leave the EU?
  • Refugee Crisis
  • Benefits of EU
  • BREXIT-yes/no Referendum
  • Migration within the EU

In order to fulfil the task, the participants had to interact in heated debate, elaborate on their opinions and exchange valuable pieces of information from researches conducted with reference to the given topics. The students have benefited greatly from the aforementioned not only in their academic skills and knowledge but also in the command of the English language as it was the medium of communication.   As a result, the successful RTU participants have received Coventry University UK Certificates verifying their participations in the OIL project.

International conference “Entrepreneurship Ecosystem: What is Behind that?”


On Friday, 13 May, in Riga, in the Riga Technical University (RTU) Design Centre, Ķīpsalas Street 6, RTU hosted an international conference “Entrepreneurship Ecosystem: What is Behind that?” where participation was free of charge. In this conference, experts in different disciplines talked about their experience in innovation, business and other spheres.

In Cambridge (UK), a large high-tech enterprise cluster oriented on information technology, electronics and biotechnology has been formed. Professor Alan Barrel of Cambridge University talked about the Cambridge phenomenon and how there has arisen a business supportive environment, which is even comparable to the Silicon Valley (USA). Another example – Aalto University in Finland, which has become a goal of pilgrimage for those who are studying the business environment – was described by Päivi Oinonen, global network strategist, Aalto Design Factory of Alto University who talked about Aalto Design Factory.

Besides foreign lecturers, there were several local presenters: Charles Bušmanis, one of the managers of RTU Design Factory, Tatjana Volkova, Professor of Banking University and young Latvian entrepreneurs: Agnese Irbe, the founder of “Anna House”, Gunita Kuļikovska, the founder of “Go VR studio” and M8iķelis Studers, the co-founder and technical manager of “Catchbox”, who shared their success stories about how they were able to create and develop personal business ideas. The conference ended with a lecture on customer ideas transformation into commercial success by Xorge Castro, senior product designer at Cambridge Design Partnership.