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RTU (then – Riga Polytechnical Higher School) is the first higher educational establishment in the territory of present-day Latvia and is the oldest technical university in the Baltics, established on 14 October 1862. Some of its most notable graduates are the Latvian-born Nobel Prize laureate Wilhelm Ostwald, the legendary Mayor of Riga George Armitstead, the President of Latvia Andris BÄ¿rziÅ¿š, Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis and many other people who have earned their name in science and society. Currently RTU has approximately 15 000 students studying at 8 faculties and is the centre of technical and engineering education in Latvia offering a variety of possibilities for acquiring higher education and provides a well thought-out research development basis, which consists of 30 laboratories and centres, 33 research institutes and 103 departments and professional divisions.