Riga Technical University (RTU)

About the organisation

Riga Technical University (RTU) is the largest technological university in the Baltic States with a rich history and a clear future vision aimed at promoting excellence in student academic results, research, and global issues in cooperation with the industry and foreign partners. RTU is an accredited, internationally recognized European university.

RTU is a member of more than 10 national and international professional bodies and organizations. Those specifically connected with the area of this project are:

  • Member of FIABCI-Baltic Multinational Chapter,
  • Member of the Cunfte of the Facility Management of Latvian Housing,
  • Competence Council Member of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
  • Member of the Latvian Union of Civil Engineers,
  • Member of EURO Working Group “OR in Sustainable Development and Civil Engineering” (ORSDCE).

The RTU Institute of the Civil Engineering and Real Estate Economics (ICEREE) has experience in scientific research in interdisciplinary areas, emphasizing technology transfer and innovation in business. In compliance with its profile, ICEREE (RTU) provides important research related to internal and external economic and working environments, construction economics and real estate economics as well as management and urban development.

To find out more, visit the webpage: www.rtu.lv

Partner role in the project

RTU will provide expert level consultants – Experts on land use and resource planning, on participatory processes, on IT and GIS systems and on scientific analyze of existing knowledges, as well as personnel that’s needed for project administration and event organization.

The partner will take responsibility for action WP 2d “Establish a toolbox and develop planning tools (e.g. GIS, planning IT tool, LEA, Smart City Planning)” implementation by providing actual experience and knowledge gathering. We will find out the needs, prepare technical documentation (including analysis of alternatives) and coordinate meetings.

The university will also take responsibility for action WP 4a “Evaluation of tools, participatory processes and results (holistic plans)”. This will be done by information gathering and analyses, presentations of analyse/proposal creation, as well as coordination of scientific discussion and dissemination of results.

Benefits from participating in the project

Conferences and meetings organized during the project will improve the practical implementation of planning activities, as a large number of organizations are involved. This could lead to an increase in research in these areas, to other projects and to integration of the gained knowledge to other researchers, giving a wider understanding of the problem and situation. At the same time, the scientific institution will use the project results, knowledge and experience gained in the use of technologies to update the study program “Real Estate Management” in order to educate and train creative, innovative, competitive and highly qualified specialists in today’s high-tech age.

Scientific knowledge gained in the project together with new tools and methods will be integrated into the study process. It will strengthen the environmental focus and importance of environmental questions, for instance in resource saving when planning areas. Also, the implemented activities could lead to jobs through entrepreneurs and new networks, give more knowledge to students, improve the cooperation, information and knowledge transfer within countries. Knowledge transfer will lead to an increase of professional development of project members as well. Cooperation can lead to further research in this area.

Publications and activities can have short and long-term outcomes (according to plan), as indirect influences, especially about sustainability questions can be seen just after a certain time. The quality of education and research can lead to increased reputation and rating of Universities (RTU and other project participants). New tasks and new directions can lead to scientific and professional development. Thus, the project will lead to long-term and positive effects, ensuring the transformation direction of the Latvian economy and the development of priority areas.

Previous experience of EU-projects

ICEREE (RTU) has extensively participated, managed and submitted project applications in Horizon 2020, Interreg Europe and BSR as well as ERDF funding, ESF activities, Erasmus+ and national scientific projects in real estate economics and building entrepreneurship. The topics of these projects include land use management, resource efficiency, energy efficiency and sustainability use technology.

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