Rīgas Stradiņa Universitāte
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It was 65 years ago that the Riga M edical Institute first opened its doors to students. Over the course of history, its name and location have since changed, but it remains the origin of one of the most prestigious medical universities in Eastern Europe. The number of international students at Riga S tradiņš University (RSU) has gradually grown in recent years, and currently they make up about one fourth of the student body, or approximately 1900 students. Competition is also becoming stiffer, with the university presently accepting only about 30% of applications. But the rise in international students at RSU is no coincidence. Just the opposite – as one of its strategic goals, the university intends to increase its proportion of international students to 25%, and this target has now almost been reached. Initially, considerable interest was shown by students from Middle-Eastern countries; then, many students from Asian countries came to study at RSU; in the past decade, however, Europeans, especially students from Germany and Sweden, form the majority of international students at the school.
Jānis Gardovskis, rector of Riga Stradiņš University
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