College – History

  • In 2017

    we are continuing to extend the range of study and vocational education programmes!
  • In 2016

    a new study programme in Pharmaceuticals is launched, offering to acquire the profession of Pharmacist Assistant.
  • In 2016

    a new study programme in Dentistry is launched, offering to acquire the profession of Dental Nurse.
  • In 2015

    a new study programme is launched – Therapeutic Massage, qualification "Massage Therapist" .
  • In 2 June 2014

    Dr.sc. admin. Ināra Upmale becomes the director of the College.
    The College has existed for ninety-five years and is approaching its centenary. We are ready for new technological challenges in terms of modernizing the study environment, to improve the quality of the studies, and for an approach that is student-centred.
  • In 2013

    a new vocational education programme is launched – Childcare, qualification "Nanny".
  • In 17 April 2012

    Gastons Neimanis becomes the director of the College. During his leadership, while maintaining historical traditions, modern and innovative changes are introduced in the College’s academic and administrative work.
  • In 2012

    out of 58 institutions of higher education, we rank in the top three in Latvia (Data by: Ministry of Education and Science in Latvia) of international study of the quality of study programmes.
  • In 2012

    acquiring the ERDF funds - innovative and modern training equipment, computerized training aids, one of the most modern medical training laboratories in Latvia is set up.
  • In 1 January 2010

    we become Riga Stradiņš University College, and from that moment on we are proud to belong to one of the largest universities in Latvia.
  • In 2004

    the school is reorganized and it becomes the Red Cross Medical College, where one can learn nursing and treatment study programmes acquiring first level higher vocational education, as well as a one-year nursing vocational education programme.
  • In April 1996

    the school becomes the Red Cross Riga Medical School and continues to provide nurse and nursing assistant programmes.
  • In 1992

    the educational institution returns to the name of the Latvian Red Cross Riga Nursing School and a new programme is developed: Nursing Assistant.
  • In 1985

    Doctor Pēteris Kučāns becomes the director of the Riga Medical School No. 4. Thanks to the initiative and vision of the future of the director, the school retains its individuality and traditions.
  • From 1976 until 1985

    The period from 1976 until 1985 is associated with the name of the director Anna Ārmane. The Young Communist League organization, glorifying the Soviet spirit, is developed in the school, and a great deal of attention is paid to military-patriotic education. Instead of consultations, which were held from the very beginning of the school, entrance examinations are introduced.
  • 1954

    The year 1954 is significant for the change of the school’s name- Riga Medical School No. 4. A new programme, providing the opportunity to get a physician assistant qualification, is introduced.
  • In 1952

    a doctor and a surgeon, Mirdza Austriņa becomes the director of the school. Although the study plans are centralized, the individuality of the school is retained as much as possible. The school becomes the best in the Soviet Union.
  • In 1950

    we become the best educational institution for nurses in the social facility of those times.
  • In 1940

    the school changes its name to Nursing School of the Department of Health at the Riga Hospital No. 4. At that time, the lecturers are not only excellent nurses, but also the philosopher Teodors Celms and litterateur Zenta Mauriņa.
  • In 20 November 1936

    the consecration of the school building takes place. The new school building is intended to host up to a hundred students. It has broad lecture-rooms, laboratories, holding rooms and a hostel with the necessary premises. The first gas shelter of such measure in Latvia is built in the basements of the school, which, during air strikes, could shelter up to 300 people. The shelter is also intended for the training of local population, where they are trained how to act during air strikes. The shelter is designed as a kind of underground hospital. The Latvian Red Cross Merciful Nursing School operates in the building.
  • In 5 October 1935

    the foundation for the Merciful Nursing School is laid on 5 Jāņa Asara street. Designed by architect Aleksandrs Klinklāvs, the three-story brick building is intended not only to serve as a nursing school, but also as a children’s health care institution. The building has retained its status – medical school – throughout its existence. The building now has the status of cultural monument of State significance.
  • In 1930

    the minimal programme of Latvian Merciful Nursing School is approved.
  • In 1921

    the first 24 students start their studying by attending lectures, as well as doing practical work at the hospital. Uniforms are introduced, education and good behaviour standards are developed. Nurses who have finished highest qualification courses, as well as have studied in London, Vienna and Denmark are working in the school. We can be especially proud of four nurses: Marta Celmiņa, Elza Grīvāne, Elza Nulle-Siecenieks and Justīne Kušķe who, during the time period from 1920 until 1940, have received the world’s highest award for nurses – Florence Nightingale medal.
  • 1920

    In the autumn of 1920, following the initiative of the head of Latvian Red Cross Jānis Jankovskis the first Merciful Nursing School in Latvia is founded – the current Red Cross Medical College of Riga Stradiņš University, thus laying the foundation for nursing education in Latvia. The school is being structured after the model of Florence Nightingale schools, and a surgeon, the director of Latvian Red Cross Hospital, Aleksandrs Neibergs becomes its first director.