On 26 March, Professor Jānis Gardovskis, Rector of Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU), received Sweden’s Royal Order of the Polar Star awarded to the university for its contribution to educating Sweden’s new generation in the field of medicine.
On 26 and 27 March, upon the invitation from President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš, King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia with a delegation of government and business representatives made an official state visit to Latvia. On the second day, Queen Silvia paid a visit to RSU Medical Education Technology Centre, where she met with the senior management of the university and students from Sweden.
At the Medical Education Technology Centre, Her Majesty acquainted herself with the technologies that allow students to acquire clinical skills necessary for medical practitioners in the real life, being especially interested in the labour simulator. The Swedish students demonstrated the reanimation of a grown-up. After a conversation with the students, Queen Silvia was surprised by the fact that several members of the same family – sisters Maja, Ellen and Lina — are studying at RSU.
There are currently 220 young students from Sweden studying at the Faculty of Medicine at RSU.
The Royal Order of the Polar Star (Kungliga Nordstjärneorden) is a Swedish order awarded to foreigners for special merits in the social work, science, literature and arts that have contributed to strengthening of relations with Sweden. The motto of the order is Nescit occasum ("it knows no decline").