History of RBS

2011

RBS helps the School of Business and Management of Technology at Belarus State University to prepare for the first English MBA Program student admissions. This activity is carried out within the RBS and SMBT long-term project “Developing Capacity in the Management of International Cooperation in Belarus: Institutionalization of Western style Master of Business Administration program” under the agreement “Cooperation in preparing managers at master’s level” between the governments of the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Latvia, partially financed by Eurasia Foundation, USAID and other organizations.

The seventeenth RBS MBA program commencement ceremony takes place – 65 graduates receive their diplomas.

The ninth RBS EMBA program commencement ceremony takes place – 7 graduates receive their diplomas.

2010

RBS helps the School of Business and Management of Technology at Belarus State University to establish an English Language Center. This activity is carried out within the RBS and SMBT long-term project “Developing Capacity in the Management of International Cooperation in Belarus: Institutionalization of Western style Master of Business Administration program” under the agreement “Cooperation in preparing managers at master’s level” between the governments of the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Latvia, partially financed by Eurasia Foundation, USAID and other organizations.

The sixteenth RBS MBA program commencement ceremony takes place – 56 graduates receive their diplomas.

 

The eighth RBS EMBA program commencement ceremony takes place – 9 graduates receive their diplomas.
 

2009

The fifteenth RBS MBA program commencement ceremony takes place – 50 graduates receive their diplomas.

The seventh RBS EMBA program commencement ceremony takes place – 9 graduates receive their diplomas.

2008

Riga Business School was placed among the top 1000 business schools in the world by Ed universal, formed by leading French student orientation company SMBG.

The fourteenth RBS MBA program commencement ceremony takes place – 40 graduates receive their diplomas.

The sixth RBS EMBA program commencement ceremony takes place – 9 graduates receive their diplomas.

2007

RBS has become the first business school in Eastern Europe to sign agreement with Harward Business School Publishing on special access to its cases and other teaching materials.

RBS was joined by the Education USA Information and Testing Center in Riga, thus concentrating all North-American style education advice and testing services in Latvia under one roof.

The thirteenth RBS MBA program commencement ceremony takes place – 41 graduates receive their diplomas.

The fifth RBS EMBA program commencement ceremony takes place – 6 graduates receive their diplomas.

2006

RBS became an approved ETS Certified Test Administration Site.

New cooperation agreement between University at Buffalo and Riga Technical University is signed by the President of University at Buffalo Dr. John Simpson and the Rector of Riga Technical University Dr. Ivars Knēts. This agreement extends the cooperation between institutions.

The twelfth RBS MBA program commencement ceremony takes place – 64 graduates receive their diplomas.
The fourth RBS EMBA program commencement ceremony takes place – 17 graduates receive their diplomas.

2005

RBS receives funding from European Union and Latvian Government for the development of MBA IT program.

The eleventh RBS MBA program commencement ceremony takes place – 80 graduates receive their diplomas.

The third RBS EMBA program commencement ceremony takes place – 13 graduates receive their diplomas.

2004

Riga Business School name in Latvian is changed from “Rīgas Biznesa institūts” to “Rīgas Biznesa skola”. The English version of the name stays the same but the short form in both languages becomes RBS.

RBS keeps working on international accreditation.
The tenth RBS MBA program commencement ceremony takes place – 63 graduates receive their diplomas.

The second RBS EMBA program commencement ceremony takes place – 8 graduates receive their diplomas.

2003

RBS works on CEEMAN accreditation which brings significant change to the school's administrative and academic structure.

The ninth RBS MBA program commencement ceremony takes place – 89 graduates receive their diplomas.

2002

On May 24th the Latvian Ministry of Education and Science Higher Education Quality Evaluation Center reviewed the issue of accrediting the Riga Business School (RBS) “Enterprises and Organizations Management” program.

The RBS MBA program was unanimously accredited for 6 years and has become Latvia’s first professional Master’s program in management of enterprises and organizations.

The eighth RBS MBA program commencement ceremony takes place – 51 graduates receive their diplomas.

The first RBS EMBA program commencement ceremony takes place – 10 graduates receive their diplomas.

2001

RBS celebrated its 10th year anniversary. In honor of the celebration many different activities were organized. On June 13th at the Riga Congress Center a one – day symposium was held “Business Education and Global Competitiveness”. On June 15th a press conference was held in the school’s renewed rooms. The anniversary celebration ended with the seventh RBS MBA commencement ceremony held at the Blackhead Building followed by a ball at Birins Castle.

The seventh RBS MBA program commencement ceremony takes place – 47 graduates receive their diplomas.

2000

A new modified MBA program was developed at RBS – Weekend MBA, which later became the Executive MBA. This program was made for managers with at least three – years work experience and takes a year and a half to complete.

The sixth RBS MBA program commencement ceremony takes place – 37 graduates receive their diplomas.

1999

The fifth RBS MBA program commencement ceremony takes place – 38 graduates receive their diplomas.

1998

More than 350 people wanted to take the preliminary examination to be able to study at the RBS English Language Center.

During this year more than 300 students from Latvia, Russia, the United States, Sweden, Pakistan, and India were studying at RBS.

For the first time, RBS organized an Open Door Day, which was attended by 60 people. They were given the opportunity to visit the MBA and English language courses and observe the RBS study process.

RBS took part in the “School 98” exposition and has been doing so every year since. RBS students have also participated and are always a big help.

The fourth RBS MBA program commencement ceremony takes place – 50 graduates receive their diplomas.

1997

The third RBS MBA program commencement ceremony takes place – 35 graduates receive their diplomas.

1996

The second RBS MBA program commencement ceremony takes place – 8 graduates receive their diplomas.

1995

The first RBS MBA program commencement ceremony takes place – 12 graduates receive their diplomas.

1993

The University of Ottawa (UO), Canada, joined the RBS project and a three – sided partnership was begun between RTU, State University of New York at Buffalo (UB), and the University of Ottawa (UO), Canada.

Partner universities helped RBS to found the English Language Center, set up a library, computer class, and organized many courses for RBS MBA students in Riga with instructors from North America.

1992

RBS in co–operation with the University of Ottawa (UO), Canada, began a student exchange program.

1991

The project was begun after the United States Agency for International Development created a fund financially backing it for several years. The Riga Technical University (RTU) in co – operation with the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) founded Riga Business School (RBS).

The first 35 students enrolled in the first professional MBA – Master of Business Administration program in enterprises and organizations management – education in Latvia. The language of instruction was English, which was unusual for Latvian students.

1990

A year later in Seattle, Washington (U.S.A.) Dr. Gundar Kenins – King had an idea to develop a business program in Latvia based on North American standards.

1989

Dr. Gundar Kenins – King visited Latvia with professors Ligita Krumkalns and Juris Viksnins to give seminars in business management.