This month RSU saw the enrolment of a further 184 international students to the fold, substantially increasing the number of foreign students and putting RSU on the top of all Baltic higher education establishments in this respect. There are currently 930 international medical or dental students at RSU, or, translated in percentage, 13 % of the total number of our students.
“We have been attracting international students for over twenty years,” says RSU rector Professor Jānis Gardovskis. “The key to the increase in the numbers of international students is in the university’s successful long-term strategic development at pace with the latest global trends of study methodology and teaching material modernization. On the other hand, there is our own Anatomical Theatre – a study base that has become quite rare on the European scale: students can work on natural human tissues there. Another advantage that RSU provides is the comparatively early clinical training, where our students put their theoretical knowledge into practice in direct interaction with patients. As a result of all that, RSU has gained some good international reputation, which has recently brought us to organizing student competitions in order to enrol the most diligent ones with greatest motivation.”
Universities and students alike have to be more internationally oriented, and the European Union supports student mobility and cooperation between universities from different countries, says rector. “Employment research findings show that graduates with international study experience are generally in more favourable position on the labour market, so we can expect an increase in foreign students’ interest in Latvia and RSU. Of course, we have to admit that Latvian students will keep taking their chances to study abroad.”
The international students at RSU currently represent such European countries as Germany, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Great Britain, Ireland, Georgia, Russia and the Ukraine, but there are also students from other parts of the world – the United States, Canada, Israel, Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan, Brazil, etc.