RTU FEEM dean Remigijs POČS elected academician of the Latvian Academy of Sciences

Professor Remigijs Počs, Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Management (FEEM), Riga Technical University (RTU), on 24 November, at the autumn general meeting of the Latvian Academy of Sciences (LAS) was elected an academician of LAS.

Gita Rēvalde, Associate Professor of Technical Physics Institute, RTU and senior researcher of the Smart Technology Centre, Ventspils University College was elected a corresponding member of LAS.

According to the LAS academicians’ secret ballot at the LAS autumn general meeting also elected Ina Druviete, Donāts Erts, Aleksejs Kuzmins, Uldis Rogulis, Inna Šteinbuka un Pēteris Trapencieris as full members of the Latvian Academy of Sciences.

Ivars Austers, Uģis Cābulis, Ēriks Jēkabsons, Sandra Muižniece-Brasava, Aiva Plotniece un Andris Zeltiņš were also elected corresponding members of LAS.

Zenon Dabkevičius (Lithuania), Vladimir Gevorgjan (USA), Viktor Sņiečkus (USA) and Jānis Vārna (Sweden) were elected foreign members of LAS.

Mārtiņš Brauns un Arnolds Klotiņš were elected honorary members of LAS.

Whereas, the highest award of the Latvian Academy of Sciences – the Grand Medal and a premium of 10 000 euros each from Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation – at the LAS autumn general meeting were received by full member of LAS Tālavs Jundzis and honorary doctor of LAS Romans Lācis.

Academician Dr.habil.sc.pol., Dr.iur. Tālavs Jundzis was awarded LAS Grand Medal for research of the history of Latvia’s independence restoration. But Dr.habil.med. Romans Lācis was awarded for significant contribution to the development of cardiac surgery in Latvia.

LAS newly elected members, together with the President of the Academy of Sciences Ojārs Spārītis. RTU FEEM Dean Professor Remigijs Počs – second from the left. Photo – Jānis Brencis

RTU PROFESSOR Konstantin Didenko receives the Cross of Recognition on State Holiday

On 18 November, Latvian Independence Day, Konstantin Didenko, Professor of the Faculty of Engineering and Management (FEEM) of Riga Technical University (RTU) and Corresponding Member of Academy of Sciences of Latvia received the Cross of Recognition from the President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis and he was appointed Officer of the Order. The high award – the Cross of Recognition, Fourth Class – was awarded to Professor for lifetime achievements in the development of higher education and science in Latvia, facilitation of the development of national economy and the country’s economic growth.

K. Didenko is acting Head of Department of Innovation and Business Management of FEEM. His rich working life has been a perfect model for both his colleagues and students. For ten years, K. Didenko worked as Dean, managing the Faculty of Engineering, for twenty-two years he was Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs, for fifteen years – Director of Institute of Production and Entrepreneurship, and for twenty-five years he was Head of Department of Production and Business Economics. In all the long years of work, he has very responsibly performed his duties and has always been open to innovation by introducing various innovations himself and encouraging colleagues to do it. K. Didenko has prepared more than 200 scientific publications and methodological aids.

The Cross of Recognition is awarded for outstanding love of the Fatherland and for outstanding achievements in social, cultural, scientific, sports and educational work. Outstanding achievements are faithful and diligent service in state or municipal institutions, exemplary and honest execution of work, any public service, development of national spirit, amateur and economic forces.

RTU professor K. Didenko receives the Cross of Recognition from the President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis on state holiday. Photo: Chancery of the President


Riga Technical University (RTU) has been recognized as the best employer in Latvia. The Annual Prize of Employers’ Confederation of Latvia (LDDK) was presented to Professor Elīna Gaile-Sarkane, Chair of RTU Senate, at a ceremony in the House of Blackheads on Wednesday, 16 November. The event honoured the best Latvian employers whose performance was evaluated by a jury designated by LDDK.


RTU received the prize in the category “The Best Employer in Latvia” for the ability not only to appreciate its employees, but also to contribute to the development of well-educated workforce demanded in the market. The jury’s reasoning for the LDDK prize nomination was as follows: “To achieve this, Riga Technical University has opened an engineering high school, is involved in the preparation of the regulations in the industry, participates in Researchers’ Night”.

This year, for the third consecutive year, LDDK presented its annual economist’s prize, which was awarded to John Martin Tully, Chair of the Board, and Arnis Riekstiņš, Member of the Board of “Mikrotīkls” Ltd.

The Annual Prize of LDDK was presented in six categories. The Annual Prize for the best employers in the regions was awarded to: “Ariols” Ltd. in Latgale region, “Tenapors” Ltd. in Zemgale region, JSC “Cēsu alus” in Vidzeme region, “Ventspils nafta termināls” Ltd. in Kurzeme region, “X Infotech” Ltd. in Riga region and “Tele2 Shared Service Center” Ltd. in Riga.

For the first time, one company was recognized as the best place for praxis on the basis of the results of the survey of young people and the jury’s decision. The JSC “Latvenergo” won in the nomination “The Best Praxis Employer”; this organization has established a good tradition of cooperation with the trainees, young people have the opportunity to raise their qualification, to get to know the environment, many of them receive their first salary there and continue their carriers in this organization.

The aim of the Annual Prize of LDDK is to highlight the role and contribution of employers to regional growth, to promote entrepreneurship by stimulating public practice development throughout Latvia and benchmarking at sectoral and regional level.

This year, more than 320 companies, institutions and managers were candidates for the Annual Prize of LDDK, and in the first round they were evaluated by the State Revenue Service, the State Labour Inspectorate, the Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia, as well as “Lursoft”. 22 best candidates were included in the shortlist. Their compliance with the high award was assessed by a panel of state and local government representatives, as well as social and cooperation partners at national level.