About RHTU Foundation

Riga High Tech University Foundation is nonprofit organization with main goal to create, develop and manage world class private Riga High Technology University [rhtu.edu.lv]

Riga High Technology University will be established to advance knowledge and nurture technically grounded leaders and innovators to serve national and global needs.

This will be accomplished, with a focus on engineering, design and entrepreneurship through an integrated multi-disciplinary research.

Board

Advisory Board

The core value proposition of higher education is under increasing scrutiny,in part because of the disconnect between student’s expectations, the traditional classroom experience, and the ever-growing need for active creators in the marketplace.

Salman Khan

Mission

Riga High Technology University is a visionary educational establishment whose mission is to assemble, educate, and inspire a new generation of technologically minded leaders and innovators who strive to understand, develop, and deploy academic knowledge to address technology challenges.

Why

Problems

Drawbacks of existing national technology education system:

  • Slowing down national innovation ecosystem;
  • Catastrophically low International rankings of existing national Technology Universities;
  • Missing link in national innovation chain, slowing down International Venture Capital availability;
  • Real life Isolation from growing national Tech Startup ecosystem;
  • Depressive studying environment;
  • Lack of experienced resident and visiting professors;
  • Studies mostly in Latvian;
  • Outdated courses;
  • High unemployment rate of high education graduates;
  • Catastrophically small amount of tech education programs vs humanitarian;
  • Low intensity of real-life international collaboration;
  • Mostly teaching ‘doing’, not ‘invent, innovate and solve problems’;
  • Outdated technical and research labs;
  • No de-facto connections with world global innovation and educational hubs: Silicon Valley, China, top-tier Tech Universities – MIT, Stanford etc.;
  • Traditional campus education being disrupted by low-cost high quality online education;
  • Research technology transfer, inventions, patents ownership in state owned universities are not transferred to academic staff, instead belong to state;
  • Globally core value proposition of higher education is under increasing scrutiny, in part because of the disconnect between student’s expectations, the traditional classroom experience, and the ever-growing need for active creators in the marketplace.
  • Opportunities

  • National Educational reform started fall 2012, by minister of education Roberts Kilis;
  • Worldwide changes of inefficient higher education model: “campus” vs “free online”;
  • Talent acquisition from neighbor countries into national educational and later entrepreneurship ecosystem;
  • International Explosion of technology startups and global lack of key persons in development ;
  • Students become to understood importance of high quality education for premium costs;
  • Being Tech Student or Tech Entrepreneur is getting more popular and ‘sexy’;
  • Availability of bank sponsorships for studies, after real-estate bubble;
  • Lack of high level “problem solvers” in national IT companies;
  • Positive heritage of post-soviet ‘problem solving’ tech education;
  • International student exchange program overseas for leading North-American tech universities;
  • Available research and educational grants from EU structural funds;
  • 2012 Educational startup bubble in N-America – more than 100 m$ in Venture Capital funding;
  • Fast Decision making in Private university is competitive edge to compare to region’s public universities.
  • Activities

    Sign establishment memorandum by steering committee members; acknowledge, select and attract key academics and initial sponsors; raise initial funding; employ fundraising consultants and initiate fundraising campaign; Fundraising; Operational establishment, accreditation

    Our SPONSORS

    Knowledge domains

    Aeronautics

    Aeronautics

    Automotive

    Automotive

    Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial Intelligence

    Biotechnology

    Biotechnology

    Information technology

    Information technology

    Photonics

    Photonics

    Nanotechnology

    Nanotechnology

    Robotics

    Robotics

    Telecommunications

    Telecommunications

    Design

    Design

    Contact Us

    info@rigahightech.org

    Veru 6, LV-1010, Riga, Latvia