The Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) International Student Association’s (ISA) mission is to represent, serve and help improve the lives of international students at RSU. ISA cooperates with the RSU Student Union (Studējošo Pašpārvalde), the International Department, the International Student Department and faculty deans in order to help all students with any queries or problems that they may have during their time at RSU.
ISA works to help promote integration and school spirit among both international and Latvian students RSU. ISA also aims to provide opportunities for students to apply and develop their talents, skills, and interests through various academic, social, and cultural programs.
Our primary aims
- To implement and maintain efforts to facilitate the integration of international and Latvian students into the RSU student community;
- To provide information, offer advice and speak to the appropriate departments within the University in order to help students with questions or concerns;
- To represent the opinions of international students in matters affecting their interests at RSU;
- To coordinate and organise academic and social events for students;
- To promote constructive collaboration among students, staff, and organisations at RSU;
- To further the interests of the international community at RSU and to promote cross-cultural contacts.
RSU ISA Board 2021
President – Mohamed Naleef
Welcome, everyone to the new Board of the RSU ISA! My name is Mohamed Naleef and I am the current ISA President.
Having held the position of Liaison Officer in 2020 allowed me to gain an insight into the various networks that run through our University. I plan to make use of that knowledge in order to achieve the goals that the RSU ISA has set, together with this year’s passionate board!
One of our goals this year is to ensure a healthy representation of international students throughout the various university departments whose decisions affect us. In order to achieve that goal we have to admit that we are human, that we aren’t omniscient. Therefore, if you notice something amiss at the University, or among your representatives, please let us know!
Another main focus is information. We will work throughout this year to ensure that all of you are aware the latest news about what is going on at the University, as well as your rights as a student!
If you have any ideas that would benefit the rest of the student population, let us know! We will be with you every step of the way to see that idea through.
Have a great 2021!
Transparency, openness, and commitment leads us to growth and quality.
- Ashoka Das
Vice-President – Anna Leonova
My name is Anna Leonova and I am the Vice President on the current RSU ISA Board.
I held the position of Assistant to the Head of Academic Affairs on the previous ISA Board and actively worked with representatives from RSU on many academic matters.
Last year we faced an unprecedented situation around the world, and we all had to adapt to studying in a new way. This year, I want to work to ensure that we get a high quality of studies. My interest is to keep developing the environment at the university for international students. Improving communication with our semester leaders and all academic societies is also very important to me.
Do not hesitate to contact any member of ISA if you have a great idea for a project, or regarding any issues that you encounter throughout your studies. We will provide you with the best support possible!
This year marks the 10th anniversary of International Student Association – let’s celebrate together!
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
– Walt Disney
Treasurer – Katharina Waibel
I’m Katharina Waibel and I am continuing my position as Treasurer on the RSU ISA Board. I am currently in my 3rd year of medicine studies. As Treasurer, my main goal is to use the budget in the most efficient way, to improve cooperation with our sponsors and to help the academic- as well as the national societies with their budgets.
Building a stronger and smoother collaboration between ISA and the societies is important, but so is working on and improving cooperation with the RSU Student Union. I am looking forward to a year of organising many cool events, lectures and workshops for everybody!
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
– Helen Keller
Head of Academic Affairs - Manu Thoppuram
Hello everyone, I am Manu Thoppuram, the Head of Academic Affairs on the RSU ISA Board. I am currently in my 5th year of Medicine studies at RSU.
During my tenure as Head of Academic Affairs, I will be serving as your contact person for any academic issues you may encounter. I will also be working with the semester leaders to help solve semester-wide issues to ensure we have a better experience while at RSU. I shall be striving to ensure that we can work together with the Latvian staff and students on issues that all students face.
I hope the next year gives me the opportunity to enact positive changes at RSU and I am looking forward to being your representative.
Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself.
Assistant to the Head of Academic Affairs – Annemaria Lange
Hello, my name is Annemaria Lange and I am the Assistant to the Head of Academic Affairs on the ISA Board. I am currently in my 3rd year of medical studies.
Together with Manu Thoppuram, I will strive to create an environment in which your academic issues and concerns are solved in close collaboration with the Dean’s office. I want to address your academic problems with the help of your semester leaders and the Student Union to make sure that everyone's voice is heard! I will also be your contact person in case of questions or any suggestions you may have regarding the study process.
Please do not hesitate to contact me!
In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
– Mahatma Gandhi
Medical Science Director – Stina Jantke
I'm Stina Jantke and I am the Medical Science Director on the RSU ISA Board. I am from Germany and currently in my 8th semester.
Together with Jenna Vähäviita, I will be responsible for students’ scientific advancement. We intend to organise a variety of interesting lectures, workshops and seminars during the year.
We are also planning a variety of new workshops adapted to the different phases of the studies. We want to help students improve their practical skills and theoretical knowledge, as well as form a solid base for future research.
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
- Marie Curie
Assistant to the Medical Science Director – Jenna Vähäviita
My name is Jenna Vähäviita, I’m a 4th-year medical student and I am the Assistant to the Medical Science Director on the RSU ISA Board.
I see great value in extracurricular activities to support our medical studies. Together with the Medical Science Director Stina Jantke, we will do our best to provide you with workshops, guest lectures and other exciting events both online and onsite.
We are also going to be in charge of the international academic societies. We want to continue helping them grow, as well as to facilitate more opportunities for research and participation in conference-related activities.
Do not hesitate to contact me!
There is a tool for every task, and a task for every tool. - Tywin Lannister, A Storm of Swords
Head of Integration and Sports – Theresa Gsöllpointner
Hello everyone, my name is Theresa Gsöllpointner and I am the current Head of Integration and Sports on the RSU ISA Board.
I held the position as Assistant to the Head of Integration and Sports in 2020. Qe were unfortunately not able to achieve the variety of activities ISA usually organises during this past year, but we tried to make the best of the situation and adjusted and provided as many online events as we could instead.
This year, together with my college Emma Walfridsson, we will put in our best effort to further increase the opportunity for sports and to create both online and in-person events for everybody. We thereby hope to encourage everyone to find a balance between their complex studies and their social lives.
If you have ideas for projects, activities, events or want to set up a new sports group, just contact me, Emma, or one of our board members and we will provide you with the best support possible.
One day the people that don’t even believe in you will tell everyone how they met you. – Johnny Depp
Assistant to the Head of Integration and Sports – Emma Walfridsson
My name is Emma Walfridsson. I am a 5th-year medical student originally from Sweden. I am the new Assistant to Sports and Integration on the RSU ISA Board.
As an international student, I truly believe that integrating into society and into the study environment is essential. This will help each student maintain both their social and mental well-being, and it will benefit the country and the community we live in. Good possibilities for integration allow for more understanding, experiences, and acceptance between all people.
Physical fitness is crucial to maintaining an optimally functioning brain, heart, and body. My goal is to manage the combination of integration and sports, to activate students and get them to move, in this way making friends and integrating.
I hope that my joy and passion for sports and integration shines through my work with ISA throughout the upcoming year, and I am very much looking forward to my role.
Find out what you want to do, and do it with all your heart. - Buddha
Internal Collaborations and Human Resources Officer – Nancy Starkengren
Hi! I'm Nancy Starkengren, an 8th-semester medical student from Sweden. I am the new International Collaboration and Human Resources Officer.
As part of my position, I will ensure that each ISA member will get their voice heard, that together as a group we will work towards our goals and represent the international student community in the best way that we can. I will actively reach out to students and make sure to inform them about the different activist roles and how they can help everyone have a better time while at RSU.
Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. And watch your character for it becomes your destiny. What we think, we become. And I think I am fine.
- Margaret Thatcher
Public Relations Officer – Hussaina Musaji
Hi, my name is Hussaina Musaji and I am a 6th-semester medical student. I was born and raised in Sweden, but am ethnically Indian and Ugandan. I hold the position of Public Relations Officer on the RSU ISA Board.
As the Public Relations Officer I am responsible for the information that is relayed to you through your screens - be that on Facebook, Instagram or the RSU website. During my year as PR Officer, I will make sure that all students are informed about current events and stay up to date on important information so we can ensure that everyone is aware of what is happening at our University. I am very fluent in social media so putting out information on these platforms will be a fun task, however along with this we are working on revamping the RSU ISA page on the website and re-editing our newsletter. These will be some of the challenges that I am happily taking on. We are also going make sure that all students can make their voices and opinions heard through various sources, may that be in our DMs, emails, through surveys or at general meetings.
The 2021 ISA Board will make sure that every student has above satisfactory study experience at RSU. And I will make sure that I inform you about all things necessary throughout this year. Let’s make this year better than the previous one!
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Liaison Officer – Priyadharshini Ravi
I am Priyadharshini Ravi, a 5th-year medical student from the UK. I am the Liaison Officer on the RSU ISA Board.
As Liaison Officer, I am the intermediary between the different national societies and ISA. I plan to oversee and collaborate with both national and Latvian societies on a variety of events, such as Worldwide and more. In addition, I would also like to host seminars on job opportunities and pathways to working in different countries post-graduation. Beyond the national societies, I aim to grow and foster connections with other international societies from other universities to enhance the student experience and integration at RSU. I am ready to provide an open ear to all the international students and amplify and execute their visions.
I look forward to an exciting year working for ISA!
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.
- Malcolm X