Riga Technical University

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Riga Technical University
Rīgas Tehniskā universitāte
Riga Technical University logo.svg
Established 1862
Type Public
Students 15,735
Location Riga, Latvia
Affiliations BSRUN, BALTECH
Website http://www.rtu.lv/

Riga Technical University (RTU) (Latvian: Rīgas Tehniskā universitāte) is the oldest technical university in the Baltics established on October 14, 1862.(previously known as Riga Polytechnical Institute and Riga Polytechnicum) is located in Riga, Latvia.

Riga Polytechnical Institute, 1862–1918[edit]

Riga Polytechnicum was first established in 1862 and was the first polytechnical institute in Imperial Russia. It offered degrees in agriculture, chemistry, engineering, mechanics, trade and architecture, with education in German. In 1896, it was renamed Riga Polytechnical Institute and the language of instruction was changed to Russian.

When World War I started in 1914, the Riga Polytechnical Institute was evacuated to Moscow and worked there until 1918. After that, part of the faculty returned to Latvia and joined the newly established University of Latvia. Others stayed in Russia and taught at universities there.

Riga Technical University, 1958–present[edit]

Riga Polytechnical Institute was re-established in 1958 by splitting off the engineering departments from the State University of Latvia. In 1990, it was renamed to Riga Technical University. The university currently consists of 8 faculties:

As of 2003, it had 17,281 students.

Main building of the Riga Technical University

Riga Business School[edit]

Main article: Riga Business School

The Riga Business School is a management–education institution within Riga Technical University. It was founded in 1991, in close cooperation with the State University of New York at Buffalo (USA) and the University of Ottawa (Canada), and it was the first higher education institution in the Baltic states that offered Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs in English.[1]

The school currently has more than 800 MBA graduates, mostly middle- and upper-level level managers both in Latvia and abroad. The education standards and structure are adopted from the North-American style MBA, which contains case studies, working in groups, and active participation in classrooms.

Notable faculty and alumni[edit]

Some of its most notable graduates are the Latvian-born Nobel Prize laureate Wilhelm Ostwald, the legendary Mayor of Riga George Armitstead, the President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš, Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis and many others who have earned distinction in science and society.


  1. ^ Riga Business School. "History of RBS". 

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Coordinates: 56°56′50″N 24°06′17″E / 56.9472°N 24.1047°E / 56.9472; 24.1047