On 29 March, a delegation from the University of Amsterdam composed of 50 medical students paid a visit to RSU. The purpose of the visit was to get an insight into Latvia’s healthcare system and meet RSU students.
During the visit, the representative from the Latvian Medical Students’ Association (Latvian abbreviation: LAMSA) Helēna Dauvarte presented the healthcare management and financing model in Latvia, as well as gave an overview on medical education and career opportunities in the field of medicine. Whereas, representative of RSU Student Council Elīna Millere outlined the content of RSU study programme “Medicine” and pointed out the peculiarities of the study process.
The director of RSU International Department Baiba Pētersone and the head of RSU International Admissions Office Māris Ginters gave a presentation about RSU and its priorities in international cooperation.
Finally, the guests from the Netherlands met the representatives of RSU International Student Association and RSU medical and dentistry students from the Netherlands. Students from both universities shared their views on the field of health care and healthcare studies in both countries.
“We were surprised that the curriculum is quite similar, except the first two years. For RSU students the first three years are the hardest, whereas for us the heaviest workload is during the last three years,” said the leader of the Student Committee of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Amsterdam, Justin van Loon.
The guests also paid a visit to RSU Medical Education Technology Centre (METC) guided by its director Roberts Rezgalis and expert Aleksejs Rutkovskis. Dutch students highly appreciated opportunities offered by the centre. “We do not have breathing dummies at our university. It was great to see such advanced training programmes,” added Justin van Loon.
At the end of the visit Justin van Loon invited RSU representatives to visit the University of Amsterdam: “We would love to show you our Faculty of Medicine. Hope to see you soon!”
The visit was organised by RSU International Department in cooperation with METC, LAMSA, RSU SC and ISA. Afterwards Dutch students will continue with experience exchange visits to Tallinn and Helsinki.
The University of Amsterdam is among the world’s leading institutions of higher education. It is ranked 55th in the QS World University Rankings 2015/16 and takes the third position among the universities of the continental Europe. Whereas, in the category of medical universities, the University of Amsterdam is listed in the 34th place in the world (2nd in the continental Europe).