- Rector’s Message
- SSE Riga Foundation
- Student Association
- Student Organisations
- SSE Riga Choir
- For Young Entrepreneurs
- Art Collection
Students at SSE Riga have unlimited energy; the majority are involved in various student clubs and organisations. Here you can read brief summaries of what students say about the extracurricular activities at SSE Riga.
The Student Association (SA) consists of seven committees which are governed by the President and the Vice-President. There is also an accountant who keeps track of the financial side of the activities, as well as associate members of the SA who help to run the organisation in every possible way. The committees are the following: Business, Education, Public Relations, Information, Events, Sports, and IT. Each committee of the Student Association has its own duties, and performance of each is discussed at the board meetings. There are also monthly meetings with the administration, and from time to time a General Meeting takes place, at which SA members report about their progress to all interested students. The SA also prepares an “Annual Report”; it overviews the activities that took place in the School over the past year and what it concretely accomplished.
The SA elections take place in November-December and usually are quite a fierce competition. The application process for joining the Board includes two steps. First, candidates send motivation letters which are then published in a special issue of the ‘Insider’. This is followed by campaigning. Second, they give presentations to fellow students in the George Soros Auditorium, where they are subjected to controversial and merciless questions. A slightly different procedure concerns the candidates for the positions of President and Vice-President: After the presentation session, they meet for a debate between presidential teams (President and Vice must run together). Finally, voting takes place in mid-December and the results are announced during the Christmas party in a very friendly atmosphere.
The new SA officially takes over duties in January, and then the real work begins: Budgeting, organising parties, arranging sports tournaments, organising seminars, cooperating with companies and other universities, representing SSE Riga students outside the School in various events, and much much more!
The organisation’s name - “the Insider” – completely sums up the sort of activities it performs. It is the school magazine, and it is issued 6-7 times per year. The content of the magazine is quite diverse, so everyone will be able to find something of interest in it. Student trips, the study process, interviews, success stories, and news from the organisations are all posted there. Moreover, there is the Gossip page, which we bet most students just live to read. It is the right way, and a good, friendly place to poke fun at your course mates or friends.
The organisation is ruled by four people who have the honour and responsibility of providing SSE Riga students with the latest information, with fearlessly expressed opinions, with gossip, and much more. However, as the full content of the magazine is prepared by students, everyone is invited to share their ideas for interesting topics, bring fresh thoughts, or write a review of a trip or experience. Moreover, the editorial team changes every year so don’t miss the opportunity to try your skills in Journalism.
The Investment Fund is one of the oldest organisations at SSE Riga. Its aim is to prepare young financial specialists who are fluent in the financial markets and in trading. Knowledge and experience is shared throughout the organisation via various seminars, which are held by professionals who work in investment banking, retail banking, audit, or financial advisory. These seminars are not only about theory. During the seminars people share their experience in the industry and describe the process of working in the financial sphere from the inside. Members of the organisation also receive newsletters with recent news, and also write a weekly analysis of stock markets during the Investment Game. iFund is the place where you can start your successful future from day one!
The Leif Muten Society (LMS) was established in 1998 in honour of the 80th anniversary of a former Rector of SSE Riga – Leif Muten. The organisation motivates students to study harder and achieve greater results by providing financial support, such as covering the expenses for participation in international seminars, forums or conferences. Moreover, LMS provides scholarships for top performing students in some courses during the year, and also covers expenses occurred while writing Bachelor Theses. The Board of LMS is elected in spring, and all Year 1, 2 or 3 students can take a chance and participate.
Days of Opportunities (DoO) is the oldest and most prestigious organisation in SSE Riga. DoO is an annual career fair that has been organised since the School was founded. The event is organised by a team of Year 2 students with the help of Junior Coordinators elected from the new Year1s at the beginning of the school year. This year the event will be organised for the 18th time.
Every spring, international companies and government institutions from all over the Baltics, as well as recognised universities offering Master’s Programs, gather to give presentations to the most hard-working and intelligent students of the region. The ultimate goal for the company representatives is to find the most suitable and skilled candidates for their vacant employment and internship positions. Students, in turn, regard DoO as the best way to start their careers, to talk to the employers in a comfortable atmosphere, and to find an interesting internship place. Students also have the opportunity to receive feedback on their CVs from professionals who make a living from recruiting people. Moreover, throughout the day, presentations take place at which managers present their companies and participate in question-and-answer sessions afterwards. The whole event is concluded by a formal banquet and an after-party at which both students and employers participate.
It is a young, but already successful event at SSE Riga. Junior Peak Time is a competition aimed at Baltic high school students who are interested in business and economics.
In November, the final event will take place and the 40-best participants will come to SSE Riga, where they will be challenged in both individual and group tasks. Moreover, they will have the opportunity to listen to interesting guest speakers, attend an interactive team-building lecture, and meet new friends. There is plenty of space for the event to grow and develop, so become an associate member and be a part of this creative process!
Peak Time is the largest international business student competition in Eastern Europe and it has grown every year. Soon we will be able to brag about being the largest competition in all of Europe! But for that, the organisers from Year 2 will need your help. Organising the competition takes almost all year, up until the finals take place in Riga in the spring. You’ll have an opportunity to join the organisational process and assist in promoting, fundraising, contacting media, etc. What is more, the Peak Time finals are the best platform for meeting active and interesting students from all over the globe, and exchanging contacts with business professionals. If you are more interested in the competition itself, gather a team of 4 and apply for the Peak Time competition, which involves the on-line business simulation CESIM, case studies, and challenges at every stage!
180 Degrees Consulting is the world’s largest student-led consultancy with branches in more than 20 countries worldwide. 180 DC offers pro-bono consultancy services to socially conscious organizations. Consulting teams work to identify and overcome specific challenges that organizations face. 180 DC Riga is currently the only branch in the Baltic region and is located in the SSE Riga premises. Every year around 20 junior consultants take part in consulting projects and have a real-life consulting experience.
Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation of different committees and bodies of the United Nations, where students represent countries and act as real diplomats. In the conference students work in one of committees that decide the future of the world’s economy, environment and politics in order to resolve the problems and come up with innovative solutions. In a crisis situation they will have to negotiate and debate with other delegates, make compromises even if the odds are not in your favor. MUN helps to destroy many biases and false assumptions about other nationalities and countries.
Latvian MUN was established in SSE Riga only in 2012, however, the event attracts a lot of attention as in Latvia as in other countries. Every March around 150 delegates and professional Chair persons from all over Europe are coming to the Latvian MUN conference. With support of embassies and diplomacy institutions, the organization is growing and gaining popularity!
In spring (usually in April/May) the art event Je Joue (“I play” in French) is organised for and by SSE Riga students. Y2 students are the chief organizers of the event; however, Y1 students will have the opportunity to become associate organisers, and candidates for organiser positions in the spring following the event. Je Joue gives all students the opportunity to express their talents and boost creativity, e.g. by making short movies, doing graffiti, participating in a photo competition, and by taking part in many other interesting activities. Get ready to take part in a real feast of the arts!
Investment Unlimited is a financial trading game organized by the Investment Fund. Its aim is to discover who has the talent to become a successful trader or a financial analyst. Every year, thousands of people participate in the game. Among these are current students, alumni, students from other universities, and even unrelated professionals who have heard about the game and want to test their skills.
The game itself consists of two parts. The first part is on individual trading, and each individual is given three portfolios; the task is to maximize their value by trading on different markets. The second part is a team effort – a team of participants has to complete the assigned task using available resources. The task is given by the administration, and is usually connected with recent events, such as in politics or recent financial deals.
As the leading university debate society in the Baltic States, and the best-funded student organisation at SSE Riga, the Debate Club is a community of people interested in controversial issues and current affairs. Debate topics range from, e.g., the discussion of ethical issues such as abortion to Iran’s nuclear program. Even though the schedule lists meetings as happening 2 times per week, Debate Society members meet more often with all their discussions, beer evenings and tournaments. They participate in various competitions across Europe, often getting to the finals - including the ESL Final of the World Championships. They also run the annual international SSE Riga Debate Tournament. Other traditions include debate drinking once per week, and crazy sauna and forest parties. There is the saying that those who have never experienced the feeling of time stopping should try to give a five-minute speech! The Debate Society will change these 5 minutes into the best time of your life. If you want to improve your English and widen your scope of knowledge, you’re welcome to join us!
The goal of the Charity Club is convince the World to be more responsible for each other. Every single, little deed is important and can change our path later in life! The Charity Club has a long-term friendship with orphanage “Zīļuks” in Madona’s district.
This club is all about fear and greed, joy and disappointment, winning and losing, and being a part of a very close and special circle of friends. Poker requires intelligence, strategy, and it is an extremely exciting card game - probably the most popular in the world. You should come at least once go to see how it happens, as everyone is always happy to see new faces. Poker is mostly played by guys, but some girls show up too! The game takes place whenever and wherever there is anyone willing to play, ranging from the laptop room to a student’s apartment, so if you’re in the mood, just gather a group together and have a great time!