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Our contribution to AVOŠ conference

Annual conference of Association of higher vocational colleges (AVOŠ) is time for evaluation of the state of higher vocational education as well as discussion about the challenges this sector faces. This year even the ministry of education Mgr. Kateřina Valachová, Ph.D., and the representatives of university sector took part in these talks.

The AVOŠ conference is also a place for the exchange of examples of good practice and this year our college was asked to present its Erasmus+ projects here. And we really had a lot to show. Since 2007, when we got Erasmus University Charter, we have arranged many successful mobility for our students and staff. Thanks to the contacts the staff mobility helped to create we became the member of the team who is currently working on the project „Language skills and intercultural issues in the hospitality industry: unity in diversity in the EU market“.  The output of the project will be an e-learning platform offering language courses in a few levels for the pupils and students from secondary schools, colleges and universities that specialize in tourism and hospitality industry. The e-learning courses can be also used for life-long education of the employees from this sector, and that´s why the project has a support from the Czech association of hotels and restaurants.

The experience we are getting from this project with making study materials and implementing IT in education seems to be used very soon in the OP VVV projects. As the representatives of the ministry mentioned in their speeches, these projects are ready for the colleges to help them with their further strategic development with the support of finance from EU funds.

Pavel Kluh

VOŠ Časlav, Czech Rebublic

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UID dissemination event at Vilnius Business College, April 1, 2017

On April 1, 2017 Vilnius Business College hosted the 5th English text TRANSLATION CONTEST final event and awards, during which the contest’s results were reviewed, the winners received their prizes, also discussions about uniqueness and originality of Lithuanian language took place.

The host of the contest, a teacher of English Birutė Bersėnienė reminded that 2017 is the year of Lithuanian language culture. In her opinion, students’ translations of fiction texts add to the enhancement of Lithuanian language as cultural heritage.

20 people participated in the event – both students and teachers. A special guest from Iceland Gudrun Gisladottir, who is a translator, a photographer and a polyglot, was invited as well. She shared her remarks on what is most important in translation, what to pay attention to. Being a translator herself, working in the organization ecspm.org, she mentioned significant nuances of translation in different languages.

Participants of the event were awarded with valuable books in English; six of them were announced as special prize winners.

During the event project Unity in Diversity was presented. Participants were interested in the project opportunities and discussed where and how they could use the final product. They agreed that it is a real help for students of hospitality field to deepen their English or another language knowledge and skills in an interesting and interactive way. 

Vakaris Šaulys

Vilnius Business College, Lithuania

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Project Dissemination at the Open Gates, March 2017

On three weekends of March 2017, the Campus of Miercurea Ciuc of Sapientia University opened its gates to secondary school students. On 11, 18 and 25 March around 400 pupils visited the campus and became a university student for one day. The event of Open Gates attracted 17-18-year-old pupils from about 15 secondary and vocational schools from the region, who were acquainted with the infrastructure, university life and training programmes offered by the campus. 

On these three occasions, they could select from several professional programmes, one of which was offered by the Department of Humanities, where three members of the department, Dr. Zsuzsanna Ajtony, Dr. Enikő Tankó and Dr. Enikő Pál gave workshops entitled “Learning Languages through Digital Maps” and “Adventures in the World of E-learning”. The three occasions attracted 55 young people who were given information about the  “Unity in Diversity” project, they were shown how the e-learning platform of the project works and they could try their hands on the digital maps, solving some of the exercises related to them.

The secondary school pupils were very enthusiastic about the results and were given leaflets where they have information where they can access the project website and the e-learning platform later as well.

Dr. Zsuzsanna Ajtony

Sapientia University, Romania

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.