RTU FEEM and RBS are admitted to the international organization EFMD


Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management (FEEM) and Riga Business School (RBS) of Riga Technical University (RTU) are admitted to the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), an international organization for business and management education.

EFMD is an international non-profit organization combining the best business and management high schools and major companies to promote management development and build socially responsible leaders and managers. EFMD implements an international approach to management education and provides a forum for information, research, collaboration and debate on best practice and innovation issues in the sphere of management development.

The joining of RTU FEEM and RBS to EFMD was supported by the existing members of the organization – Aalto University and Baltic Management Development Association (BMDA).

As the largest and leading international network organization in the field of management development, EFMD brings together nearly 900 institutional members and more than 30,000 management development professionals in academic universities, businesses, government agencies and advisory agencies in 86 countries.

Participation in the EFMD organization for the RTU FEEM and RBS academic staff and students provides a wide range of various, even unique opportunities for international cooperation – participation in conferences and events around the world where topics are related to management development, the latest research and exchange of experience, improvement of education quality and accreditation through EQUIS, EPAS, EOCCS and CLIP, as well as the EFMD GNP Deans Crossing Frontiers mentoring program (EDAF) and the Business School Impact System (BSIS).

Professor Inga Lapiņa, Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs of the Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management, emphasizes: “We hope that participation in EFMD will provide significant opportunities for cooperation, creative approach, mutual enrichment and new, innovative ideas and concepts, and we will be able to use the access to a wide range of information and services in the field of management education development. Our goal is to improve the quality of the existing study programs and projects and increase the overall efficiency of work.”

EFMD’s mission is to improve the performance and development of management education across the globe, build collaboration between business schools and businesses, create and disseminate knowledge of best practices and trends in management education and its development, provide benchmarking and impact assessment systems and accreditations, organize conferences and seminars with the aim to share the latest and most relevant information and build a network of collaboration partners, implement international projects around the world, influence international state and non-governmental organizations through advocacy and lobbying.

EFMD started its activities in 1972, its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, with offices located in Asia and the United States.

More information on the EFMD website: www.efmd.org



Riga Technical University (RTU) is placed in the group of universities ranked 301–400 in one of the world’s leading university rankings – the Times Higher Education. The ranking is based on the data of the Times Higher Education World University Ranking, in which RTU was included for the first time in September 2016.

Director of the Quality Management and Record Management Department at RTU Juris Iljins says, «In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, RTU has been ranked equally with the Tallinn University of Technology and Vilnius University, whose funding is several times higher. It can be stated that our performance in student education and science is the same. With additional investments RTU can improve its performance and achieve even the highest position in the international ranking».

Oxford University is ranked 1st in the rankings this year, followed by Cambridge University in the 2nd place, and Imperial College London in the 3rd place. From the Baltic States, six universities – RTU, University of Latvia, Vilnius University, Kaunas University of Technology and Tallinn University of Technology – have been ranked among the 301+ universities, and the University of Tartu has been placed in the group of universities ranked 151–160.



RTU ranked among 2.5% of world leading universities


Riga Technical University (RTU) has been ranked in the 651 to 700 range of QS World University Rankings 2018, which attests that RTU is among 2.5% of world’s top universities. RTU has received the highest ranking among higher education institutions in Latvia. The University reputation among employers has been assessed on a high level – in this category RTU has been recognised as the 193rd best in the world. 

RTU Academician Leonīds Ribickis states, «The ranking of RTU among 700 world’s top universities shows the rapid development of RTU. RTU has been ranked among 200 top universities in terms of employer reputation and this proves that Latvian and foreign employers highly evaluate the quality of engineering specialists educated at RTU. The world’s leading university rankings such as QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education are a good indicator for determining which universities in Latvia are internationally competitive and which are not».

All 980 higher education institutions included in the ranking were assessed taking into consideration six factors – Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Citations per Paper, Faculty/Student Ratio, as well as International Faculty and International Students. In three criteria – International Faculty and International Students, and Employer Reputation – RTU has shown the highest results in Latvia. According to employer reputation in Latvia and worldwide, RTU was ranked 193rd in the world. From Latvia, also the University of Latvia was included in the ranking reaching the range of 701 to 750.

The assessment of Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation is based on extensive international surveys, i.e. employers and academicians not only from Latvia but also from other countries expressed opinion about RTU. The performance of higher education institutions in other criteria was assessed on the basis of submitted data that were verified according to internationally available information.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology was ranked in first place, Stanford University – second and Harvard University – third.

RTU is included in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS Stars, U-Multirank and Green Metric rankings. RTU graduate employability, cooperation with companies, internationalisation, as well as environmental policy and sustainability have been highly evaluated in these rankings.

QS World University Rankings.


Professor Dr. oec. Elīna Gaile-Sarkane elected the new dean of RTU FEEM


The Council of Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management (FEEM), Riga Technical University (RTU), on Tuesday, June 6, elected the new dean of the Faculty – Professor Dr. oec. Elīna Gaile-Sarkane.

Until now, the Faculty was led by dean Professor Remigijs Počs.

Professor Elīna Gaile-Sarkane is Director of Institute of Business Engineering and Management at RTU FEEM, chair of RTU Senate and up to now, RTU FEEM vice dean for research.

Prof. Elīna Gaile-Sarkane is expert of the Latvian Council of Science, scientific supervisor of many doctoral theses, editorial board member of various scientific publications.

On 14 October 2016, when Riga hosted the 33rd World Cultural Council Award Ceremony, she was awarded with the Certificate of Recognition for her contribution to the development of higher education. Prior to that, in September, E. Gaile-Sarkane received the Certificate of Recognition from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia for significant contribution to the implementation of higher education, for building a single academic family in the sphere of entrepreneurship, innovation and strategic management in Latvia and worldwide. E. Gaile-Sarkane is a multiple laureate of the annual prize «FEEM Pride» established by the FEEM students.

Prof. E. Gaile-Sarkane is going to start work as the dean in the new academic year in September 2017.

We congratulate her and wish the Faculty dynamic and sustainable development under the leadership of the new dean!