Aigars Pētersons

Professor Aigars Pētersons is an outstanding paediatric surgeon who has devoted a major part of his professional life to Rīga Stradiņš University and the Children’s Clinical University Hospital.

For 20 years A. Pētersons was the head of the Paediatric Surgery Clinic of the Children’s Clinical University Hospital. He has implemented innovative surgical and other treatment methods, significantly contributing to the development of medicine in Latvia. From 2011 – 2014 A. Pētersons took the position of Board Member at the Children’s Clinical University Hospital, from 1988 – 2014 he was the head of the RSU Paediatric Surgery Department and from 2008 – 2017 he was the dean of RSU Department of Doctoral Studies. Since 2018 A. Pētersons is RSU rector.

Mr. Pētersons has been an active supporter of healthcare-related issues at a public political and professional level internationally, being a deputy of the Parliament (Saeima) of Latvia and the Riga City Council. He is a member of the Latvian Association of Surgeons and a member of the Latvian, European and International Association of Paediatric Surgeons and the president of the Baltic Association of Paediatric Surgeons. In 2008 A. Pētersons was appointed Vice President of the Latvian Association of Paediatric Surgeons, later serving as the association’s president and a member of the certification commission.

Professor Pētersons has made a major contribution to research in paediatric surgery and general medicine. A. Pētersons is the author of 435 scientific publications, 4 inventions and 4 monographs on paediatric surgery, a Springer monograph among them. A. Pētersons is the scientific editor of the Latvian surgery journal Acta Chirurgica Latviensis and a member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Paediatric Surgery. He has supervised 9 defended doctoral theses and has been the speaker and the organiser of over 14 congresses of international significance. Since 2017 A.Pētersons is a corresponding member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences. The Hirsh index of the professor is 7.

The contribution of professor Aigars Pētersons to paediatric surgery and healthcare improvement has been recognised at national level and abroad. The professor has received a Letter of Appreciation from the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia, the medal of the Baltic Assembly, the Cross of Recognition, Badge of Honour, Andrejs Priedkalns Award, Letter of Appreciation from the Ministry of Health and the Pauls Stradiņš Award in Medicine.

Presentation topic

The challenges of education and science at “Latvia’s Formula 2050”

Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) Rector, Professor Aigars Pētersons, “Simulation technologies – a safe foundation for the education of the future”

We live in a century of constant change that is greatly influenced and driven by technological progress. The increasing prevalence of technologies in our everyday lives is treated as something integral and self-evident. Moreover, the technologies change our perception of knowledge, social links and practical competences and skills that have to be mastered for successful integration into the labour market.

Along with that, far-reaching social and demographic processes are at play – on the one hand, we have become extremely mobile as we travel and communicate almost at the speed of light, on the other hand, our society is rapidly ageing. For this reason society, including the labour market, requires technology-based complex solutions. Historically universities have and still have the role of intellectual centres which should respond to such challenges by involving simulation-based technologies into the knowledge and competence transfer and acquisition processes.

This relates to both – prospective medical professionals, healthcare specialists and to representatives of social sciences. The new technologies offer an environment that is as close as possible to real-life conditions and provide the acquisition of knowledge, improvement of skills and training of action algorithms with precision in a safe and repeatable manner. The training possibilities offered by the new technologies are and will remain the answer of universities of the future to significant public processes.

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