Riga Technical University
1 Kalku str.
Tel. + 371 722 5885
Fax + 371 782 0094
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University is situated in
Riga, the capital of the Republic of Latvia. It
is one of the oldest and largest higher
education establishments in Latvia and
offers advanced study programmes in
Engineering, Technology, Economics and
It was founded in 1862 as a private
educational institution under the name of
Riga Polytechnic. In 1896 the Riga
Polytechnic was reorganized into the Riga
Polytechnical Institute (RPI); the lectures
were delivered in Russian and German.
The RPI gained international recognition for
its research in different engineering fields,
especially in chemistry. In 1919, on the
basis of the former RPI, the Latvian Higher
Education School was founded and several
new faculties opened. For the first time in
their history Latvians could obtain higher
education in their native language.
In 1922 this institution received a new
name: the University of Latvia, and it
comprised of four of the former RPI
faculties: Architecture, Chemistry, Civil
Engineering and Mechanics. In 1958, Riga
Polytechnical Institute was restored by
separating the technical faculties from the
University of Latvia and since 1990 it has
been called Riga Technical University
(RTU). It takes an active part in international
student exchange programmes, and
scientific projects TEMPUS and
The teaching staff comprises 110
Professors and 500 Doctors of Science.
The specialists from our University have
participated in large projects not only in
Latvia, but also other parts of the world;
thisincludes the Panama Canal and
Trans-Siberian Railway. Many other
projects have been carried out with the
assistance of the specialists.
The basis of technical subjects
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