Rīga Stradiņš University
Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) is a public University in Latvia covering 66 study programmes, among which seven are English-taught programmes, with a focus on medicine, pharmacy, rehabilitation, public health and selected areas of social sciences. The University has 9,290 undergraduate, graduate and professional programme students and is one of the largest entities in the Baltic States in the area of medicine, health sciences and pharmacy, and the only universal medical university in Latvia. RSU holds a unique place in Latvia’s scientific field, providing a full research cycle from laboratory to hospital bed. RSU has a high level of internationalisation with 2,523 international students from 65 countries. RSU processes are ISO 9001:2008 certified (Bureau Veritas) and, therefore, RSU possesses a managerial capacity required by complex projects. RSU is currently amongst the top three Latvian institutions considering research outputs such as patents and is one of the top three institutions that receive the highest funding for research in Latvia.
RSU has been recognised as the university with the best reputation in Latvia, gaining the highest rating among the 10 largest Latvian universities according to a study conducted by market research company Kantar TNS in 2017–2021. RSU has been included, for the first time, in the Times Higher Education Emerging Economies Ranking 2022. The 115th place of the RSU is not only the best rating among Latvian higher educational institutions but also the highest historical place which any university in Latvia has achieved so far in any of the ratings created by the Times Higher Education. Success is largely based on the quality of scientific activity and successful international operations.
An ever-increasing attention is paid to the transfer of knowledge and technologies by integrating knowledge in the basic functions of the University, and transforming knowledge in to products and services that are useful to society. There are more than 200 doctoral students and seven doctorate study programmes operating at RSU – medicine, pharmacy, sociology, law, political science, management science and psychology.