Aiming at success. Key skills for University.


Have you chosen your dream profession? Have you decided in which university you're going to study? Do you know what skills you need to be a successful student?

TIME:  February 27, 16.00-18.00

PLACE:  RBS premises

PARTICIPANTS: high school students and their parents


Nowadays people are talking more about professions and universities, forgetting about the skills that need to be developed so that a young person can successfully learn at university and be competitive. Top universities are selective and have a lot of student selection criteria, because they know what it takes to study at this university academically and also psychologically. 

RTU Riga Business School (RBS) together with the University of London (UoL) invites high school students and their parents to an open lecture “Aiming at success. Key skills for University” on February 27 (11 Skolas Street, Riga). Lynne Roberts, Director of the International Foundation Programme at the University of London, will share the skills that young people need to develop in high school (or before they enter university), identify the requirements of different international high schools, and provide advice on what young people should take into account in their choices of universities.
During the lecture Martiņš Hiršs and Jesse Turner will share their experience on studies abroad.  They will share stories about learning, exams and will give practical recommendations concerning the development of necessary skills.
During the question and answer session attendees will be able to ask advice from the speakers. They will also be happy to advise anyone wherever they want to study after the general session.



16:00 - 17:00 Skills needed to succeed at university by Lynne Roberts, University of Lon-don

17:00 - 17:30 Personal experiences of studying in the UK and USA by Mārtiņš Hiršs and Jesse Turner

17:30 - ...Q&A and university advice 

The lecture will be in English. The number of seats is limited. Please apply online until February 25. 
University of London International Foundation Programme at RBS: The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is offered by the University of London. The University has a long history of providing international education and is recognized as a centre of academic excellence. Academics at the University develop the syllabuses, prepare the study materials, and are responsible for the assessment of students. This means that students benefit from the academic rigour and leading-edge research undertaken by the University.
The IFP at RBS is unique in that it will be offered to exceptional candidates in parallel with their studies in a secondary school. Students will be registered with RBS as well as at the University of London. Therefore, in addition to face-to-face classes at RBS, they will have full access to the UoL online materials. They will also have opportunities to meet academics from the University of London during their studies. Thus, students will be able to receive instruction of the highest academic standard while living at home.
The programme at RBS is comprised of four subjects: Mathematics and Statistics, Economics, Sociology, and International Relations. At the end of the Programme, students sit exams which are developed and marked by the University of London. Additionally, English for Academic Purposes and Study Skills will be taught to all IFP students.
The programme will enrol students in their 11th year of secondary school who will sit final exams in April of their 12th school year. Classes will be taught as a combination of 44 ‘regular weeks’, 5 ‘intensive weeks’, and 24 ‘Saturday classes’ over 14 months.
Lynne Roberts is the Director of the International Foundation Programme at the University of London and has over 20 years’ experience at Russell Group universities in the UK (King’s College London, Imperial College London and the London School of Economics).  Lynne has been a teacher, lecturer, academic adviser and programme director in her career.  She holds postgraduate qualifications from the Institute of Education (Education, Gender and International Development) and Cambridge (Teaching) and has contributed to projects for UNESCO, the UK Department for International Development and the British Council. Lynne understands academic cultures worldwide and is passionate about student progression.
Mārtiņš Hiršs, Ph.D. Cand. (University of Latvia), MA (NYU) is a research fellow at the Center for Security and Strategic Research. He's research interests are Russian influence in Latvia as well as the U.S. foreign policy. He teaches international relations, international security, contemporary world history and the U.S. foreign policy courses in various universities. He is founder of the science communication and critical thinking promotion events SkeptiCafe.
Jesse Turner studied Mathematics (BSc) at the University of Warwick and is currently a teacher at the English Language Centre at Riga Business School. In addition to general English classes at various levels, he also teaches Writing for Intercultural Communication to BBA undergraduates at RBS.