From March 2018, the RTA implements the project “Modernisation of Study Programmes in Laser Technologies, Mechatronics, and Mechanical Engineering at Rezekne Academy of Technologies” of the specific aid objective 8.1.1. “To Increase the Number of Modernised STEM Study programmes, Including in the Fields of Medicine and Creative Industry” within the operational programme “Growth and Employment”, the agreement on the implementation of the EU fund project No.188.8.131.52/17/I/011. The cooperation body of the project is Central Finance and Contracting Agency of the Republic of Latvia. The estimated cost of the project is EUR 964917.00, to which ERAF will contribute 85% and 15% is financed by the state budget. The estimated implementation period of the project is less than 10 months- from 16 March 2018 until 31 December 2018.
Currently, new machinery, equipment, materials, and instruments for work with laser technology are being purchased and later will be allocated in the building of the Physical Processes and Laser Technologies Research Centre, which is currently under construction, and for mechanical engineering and metalworking, part of which will be allocated in the existing laboratories. New computers, WEB conference equipment, and data storage systems have already been installed. All that enables to improve the quality of study process and to achieve excellence in research and innovations. The construction of the centre building, which will be located on the RTA Campus between the existing facilities K1 and K2, is in full swing.
The project is a base for future development, including for the development of studies and research, as well as for strengthening cooperation with partners in laser technology field, both in Latvia and abroad.