Baltic IT Leadership (BITL) program scholarships recipients met with their sponsors to discuss their future plans. Several companies representing the Latvian financial sector and representatives of the IT sector met with the students of Riga Business School recently. For the fourth year, Riga Business School (a structural unit of RTU) is providing the interdisciplinary Baltic IT Leadership program in Latvia. Future leaders study computer sciences and programming, as well as basics of business administration, leadership, data management and accounting. Representatives of the sponsoring companies met to discuss with the young people the course and quality of studies.
In 2018, representatives of several sectors and educational sector leaders concluded that interdisciplinary IT and business education should be strengthened in Latvia. This would promote and foster a knowledge base in IT also for specialists in other sectors. The Baltic IT Leadership program opened in 2019, thanks to the goodwill of companies in the finance and IT industry which provided scholarships for the students of this program.
In total, twenty one Riga Business School students receive support from companies to cover their tuition for this interdisciplinary program. This year the first class will graduate from this program. The total funding provided until the end of this study year is EUR 263,000. In total, eleven companies offer scholarships in Riga Business School.
When the program started, the following companies answered the call and supported the young people – SEB bank, Luminor bank, Swedbank, BluOr bank, bank Citadele, as well as IT companies Squalio, TietoEvry Latvia and WeAreDots. This year, Uniso and Httpool joined this group of supporters, as well as Sanda Liepiņa, Chairperson of the Riga Business School Advisory Board as an individual scholarship provider.