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J-WEL welcomes Riga Technical University as newest Higher Education member

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Riga Technical University to build an innovation and research ecosystem in Latvia through engagement with MIT.

Riga Technical University (Rīgas Tehniskā universitāte, RTU), representing Latvia's higher education community and supported by the Ministry of Education and Science for the Republic of Latvia, joins the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) as the newest member of the Higher Education Collaborative. Through J-WEL membership, Riga Technical University joins a community of 27 other schools, universities, non-profits, government agencies, and companies addressing the world’s most pressing education challenges and exploring opportunities presented by new educational technologies, effective practices, and emerging scientific understandings of learning. 

RTU's membership will facilitate Latvia and its higher education institutions to become members of a global community of educators, policymakers, and researchers. Through collaboration with MIT J-WEL, RTU will establish an international centre in education and innovation to support Latvian higher education institutions. The Centre will promote educational excellence, the transfer of international best practice, digital transformation, and introduce reforms in Latvian higher education. The Centre's activities will be implemented by RTU Riga Business School (RBS) in cooperation with MIT.

“Cooperation with global centres of research excellence is important for the development of higher education and science in Latvia," said Anita Muižniece, Latvia’s Minister of Education and Science. "I am pleased that Latvian scientists, decision-makers, and representatives of high-tech industries will have the opportunity to acquire high-level skills, which will then be used in the development of the Latvian economy. This will ensure that Latvia and its higher education institutions become members of a global community of teaching staff, technology experts, action policy experts, and researchers."

“We at MIT J-WEL are very happy to welcome Riga Technical University as a member and to collaborate on their educational transformation agenda," remarked Vijay Kumar, J-WEL Executive Director and Associate Dean for MIT Open Learning. "Our goal is to co-construct a preferred future for higher education in Latvia with RTU and use that as a reference model for other institutions in Europe and elsewhere. Riga and Latvia have embarked on this bold journey for comprehensive educational change. This important collaboration comes at a time when there is a pronounced need for informed, imaginative, and innovative solutions for educational institutions to address today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities. We look forward to the exciting work ahead!”
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RTU will collaborate with MIT J-WEL to support Latvia and its higher education institutions as they become members of a global community of teaching staff, technology experts, action policy experts, and researchers at MIT J-WEL. The university will join other members at upcoming J-WEL events, which bring together representatives of member organizations with MIT faculty and researchers.

Through seminars, presentations, and hands-on work, MIT participants support member efforts to transform educational systems and develop solutions applicable across global contexts. RTU will exchange ideas and best practices with global affiliates of J-WEL, working toward collaborative solutions in education challenges.

An initiative of MIT and Community Jameel, J-WEL promotes excellence and transformation in education at MIT and globally by engaging educators, technologists, policymakers, societal leaders, employers, and employees. Through in-person and online collaborations, workshops, research, and information-sharing events, J-WEL member organizations—including schools, universities, NGOs, government agencies, and companies—work with MIT faculty and staff to address global opportunities for scalable change in education.

Top from left to right):
  • Dr. Anjali Sastry, Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Senior Strategist, J-WEL;
  • Lauma Muižniece, Deputy Director, Latvian Investment and Development Agency;
  • Dr. Dmitrijs Stepanovs, Deputy Secretary of State on Higher Education and Research, Ministry of Education and Research;
  • Dr. George Westerman, J-WEL Principal Research Scientist and Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan;
  • Jānis Grēviņš, Director, RTU Riga Business School
  • Dr. Vijay Kumar, J-WEL Executive Director and Associate Dean for MIT Open Learning;
  • Dr. Leonīds Ribickis, RTU Rector; 
  • Arturs Zeps, Vice-Rector, Development at Riga Technical University;
  • Julia Reynolds-Cuéllar, J-WEL Associate Director for Higher Education.

Bottom: Members of the J-WEL team and the Latvian delegation join one another outside of the MIT Open Learning office.