2019 Through the Eyes of the RSU Alumni Association
This year, the Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) Alumni Association celebrated its 10th anniversary. The association's annual general meeting took place on 4 March. The meeting was opened by Chairman Dins Šmits with a look back at what the association accomplished in 2019. Over this year the association grew by 30% and now has 550 alumni as members.
In June 2019 members of the RSU Alumni Association met at a 10th anniversary celebration. Since the last meeting in early 2019 the association has organised two Inteliģences kluba (Intelligence Club) dinners and the first Absolventu asociācijas Vīna vakars (Alumni Wine Evening) with Professor Romans Lācis at which Lia Guļevska’s book Romans Lācis. Sirds cilvēks was launched. The association is also involved in organising the university's 70th anniversary celebrations.
Last year, the association organised the Etiķete (Etiquette)project in collaboration with the RSU Student Union. The aim of this project is for RSU graduates, students and staff to come together to learn about how to improve their professional image. Additionally, a lecture series, Runā RSU absolventi (RSU Alumni Speak), was initiated in cooperation with the RSU Centre for Educational Growth where graduates can share their experience. The alumni association also implemented Pētnieku akadēmija II (Research Academy II) together with the RSU Student Union. Within the project 72 students from the first to fourth year learned about the basics of research.
Last year the association provided scholarships to RSU students together with its cooperation partners - three pharmacy students received Olainfarm scholarships of excellence. Scholarships from the Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation were awarded to various RSU lecturers for the fifth year in a row in a bid to modernise studies and attract visiting lecturers.
The association participated in several work groups in 2019 together with the alumni associations from Riga Technical University and the University of Latvia about alumni involvement in the management of higher education institutions. The group then publicly expressed their views on the higher education reform proposed by the Ministry of Education and Science. The RSU Alumni Association conducted a questionnaire for graduates in order to compile graduates' feedback about the accreditation of various new study programmes.
The research platform that the association has created to promote students' involvement in research continued its work and as a result more than 40 students were involved in research projects in 2019. Another platform, Ziedo atmiņas (Donate Memories), was created in collaboration with the RSU Museum to promote the culture of donation among alumni. The platform encourages alumni to donate items to the RSU Museum's collections. The alumni association also encourages donating time, experience or knowledge to motivate current students and to create an inspiring environment for growth.