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Reasearch at TSI

TSI Mission Statement

The mission of the Transport and Telecommunication Institute (TSI) is adaptive to the needs of society academic and scientific activities at the international market in the interdisciplinary areas based on the fundamental achievements in the sphere of high technologies in the form of open cooperative environment.

Research Strategy Vision

TSI is an internationally-recognised research-intensive establishment that has a strong practitioner focus.

Transport and Telecommunication Institute Research Programme (2015-2020)

Research Work strategic goals

  • Create stronger research base, with a larger community of researchers and research postgraduates drawn from a global recruitment market, contributing to the advancement of knowledge in the context of an applied research ethos with strong practitioner focus.
  • Conduct broad-based research of global significance with a number of high profile, internationally-recognised ‘research clusters'.
  • Support an active, pervasive research culture fostering high achievement, encouraging innovation and enriching the student learning experience.
  • Become a research partner of choice for internationally recognised universities, national and multi-national businesses, Latvian and foreign governmental organisations, national and international NGOs.
  • Become an internationally recognised centre of excellence for the education of research postgraduates.
  • Develop high quality research infrastructure and facilities enabling world class research teams to compete for funding and recognition, nationally and internationally.
  • Achieve sustainability in terms of the financial profile of research undertaken, the physical infrastructure and facilities required to support world class research, and the intellectual capital to undertake research of global significance.

Objectives

To raise the TSI international profile as an innovative, research-intensive university

  • Promote internationally significant, cross-disciplinary research clusters.
  • Develop a number of “flagship” institutional research and innovation partnerships with internationally renowned research intensive universities across the globe.
  • Lead/join consortia of peer institutions to increase the impact/recognition of research expertise at institutional level.
  • Invest strategically in internationally-competitive research groups.
  • Support international exchange programmes for researchers and postgraduate research students and other individual/departmental international links.
  • Influence the national and international research agenda through membership of key policy-forming committees.
  • Enhance the marketing and promotion of the TSI's research capability through the deployment of web-based tools.
  • Ensure that the TSI's research continues to inform and enhance its teaching activities.
  • Strengthen intellectual capital by recruiting outstanding researchers and postgraduate research students from an international market.
  • Develop closer, long term relationships with international businesses, governments and community/NGO groups.

To strengthen the TSI research base, developing its applied ethos and practitioner focus

  • Strengthen research planning at departmental level, including succession planning and selective investment.
  • Invest in intellectual capital by making new, high quality academic appointments, in accordance with institutional equalities and diversity procedures.
  • Strengthen the research base by increasing numbers of postgraduate research students, in accordance with institutional equalities and diversity procedures.
  • Expand Doctorate provision in line with the TSI applied research ethos.
  • Increase the research capacity of academic staff by improving business processes.
  • Develop long-term, strategic relationships with business, the professions, the public services, and the voluntary sector.
  • Increase external funding for endowed academic posts.
  • Increase and diversify external funding for research, including increasing agility at forming cross-disciplinary teams to exploit new funding opportunities.
  • Support student entry into research career paths through provision of independent research projects at undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels.

To promote excellence in research and innovation

  • Enhance induction and mentoring processes for early career research appointments.
  • Invest strategically in new staff appointments to support institutional and departmental research priorities.
  • Enhance training for postgraduate research students.
  • Recognise and reward research excellence through appropriate HR policies.
  • Enhance central staff development programme.
  • Promote exchange of good practice at departmental level.
  • Engage in systematic benchmarking activities.

To develop sustainable high quality research infrastructure, facilities and support services

  • Increase external funding to invest in capital research projects.
  • Implement full economic costing to build funds for capital renewal and maintenance projects.
  • Maximise returns on the commercialisation of intellectual property to generate funding to support the research base.
  • Integrate central support for research, clarifying roles and responsibilities.
  • Enhance management information by utilising the functionality of new software systems, particularly personnel and finance.
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