The fact that Turistička i ugostiteljska škola Dubrovnik (Tourism and Catering School Dubrovnik) has existed for more than a half of century should not be surprising, since the tourist industry is the keystone of the overall economic development in this area. The number of students is continuously increasing. In our school there are 621 students, and they are not only from Dubrovnik region but also from all of Dalmatia and Croatia. School programs are offered in the catering sector for cooks, waiters and pastry cooks as well as in the tourism and hospitality sector in which students are educated to gain vast knowledge in the field of tourism such as: working in hotel establishments, travel agencies as well as in other tourist areas. Due to the fact that in tourism and hospitality employees are highly demanded in direct contact with tourists and business partners rich educational attention is paid to learning foreign languages.
Turiba University (Biznesa augstskola Turiba - BAT), founded in 1993, is one of the leading higher educational institutions in Latvia with a stable tradition and clear vision of common European educational space. BAT offers professional bachelor study programmes (EQF Level 6) in business, international tourism, events management, PR, law, journalism; college education (EQF Level 5) in hotel and restaurant service, marketing, advertising, service industries, PR, law, finances; professional master’s programmes (EQF Level 7) in tourism strategic management, business administration, PR, law and PhD programmes (EQF Level 8) in business administration, law sciences, communication sciences. The languages of instruction are Latvian and English. Language Department is experienced in project work. During the last six 6 years the staff of the Language Department have participated in 24 international and national projects, including EU projects dealing with language learning (EN, GE, LV, FR, ES, RU), adult education, teacher education, developing entrepreneurship competences for socially disadvantaged groups of people (the unemployed, the people under the risk of unemployment).
Ekonomska šola Murska Sobota, Višja strokovna šola is a higher vocational school in the Pomurje region in the south-east of Slovenia. It offers two short-cycle programs, Economist and Informatics. Within the economist programs it offers four modules – accountancy, commercialism, entrepreneurship and tourism. At the moment there are about 400 students enrolled and we have 40 staff – lecturers and administration/support staff. 10 lecturers are experts from companies in the region.Within the program Economist – module tourism – students have different subjects regarding tourism topics. They also have Business English and Higher - level Business English where tourism topics are covered. Lecturers teaching these subjects have important contacts with spas and companies dealing with tourism in the region as they help students, if necessary, to find a suitable work placement for them. Ekonomska šola Murska, Višja strokovna šola, has some experience in project work. We took part in national and international projects, including EU projects dealing with adult education and mobility projects.
Primrose Publishing is a private company for developing and marketing materials for teaching and learning languages. It has operated successfully for over 30 years. It has developed into a consortium of over a hundred independent language professionals and IT experts across the world. It was one of the first to produce language-learning materials on computer, first for Apple, then MS-DOS then Windows. Continuously updated, they are on DVD both for teaching & learning over 50 languages. Many of the programs are also on-line. The programs are marketed under the name Tick-Tack. Primrose has been continuously involved in EU projects since 1996. The company has been a partner for ten years in a series of Erasmus projects linking 70 universities in all parts of Europe. The Euro-Skills courses and CLIL courses run by Primrose at Cambridge University have been conducted up to now within Leonardo mobility projects. Five further Euro-Skills courses have recently been applied for under Erasmus+ Key Action1. Primrose is currently a partner in a project to encourage those in the hotel and catering sector to help guests develop an interest in, and enhance their knowledge of, European cuisine.
IPSSA Nino Bergese is a vocational school located in Genoa, Italy. It takes its name from a famous Genoese chef. It is situated in an area that has seen a dramatic economic and social decline, especially in the metallurgical and shipping industry, which has had a serious effect on the school system. 25% of our students come from outside Europe. 8% of them are newcomers who require special and effective action to help them integrate and gain an education to become proper European citizens. It has now increased its number of students to 930. These include morning classes for young students and afternoon and evening classes for adults. The courses provided cover cookery, restaurant, bar, reception and front desk. The school often organize sevents and banquets involving the students from final classes in order to improve their skills and to prepare them for the world of work. The school also participates in competitions with other schools in Italy and abroad, especially France, Spain and England.
Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania is the independent university of the Hungarian community in Romania, which aims at providing education to the members of this community and performing scientific research on a high professional level. Its mission is to promote universal human and Christian values; to offer competitive, quality education and research, and to ensure the continuation of the traditions of Hungarian education in Transylvania; to maintain the transparent and consistent management of the university, and to enforce professionalism and the values of academic spirit; to develop a modern, uniform institutional framework that is able to meet regional demands; to develop a wide network of partnerships, based on openness, trustworthiness, dedication and reciprocity. The life of this institution is defined by participation and the practice of university autonomy.The university has 4 faculties: Faculty of Economics and Human Sciences, Faculty of Technical and Social Sciences located in Miercurea Ciuc, Faculty of Sciences and Arts located in Cluj-Napoca, and Faculty of Technical and Human Sciences located in Târgu-Mureș.
Vilnius Business College is a medium size, non-profit private organization having over 20 year of experience in providing VET tertiary education as well as formal and informal education. The main target groups are secondary school graduates and working adults, unemployed, and socially vulnerable groups (i.e. disadvantaged, migrants, disabled, seniors, etc.). The College also provides training for people who already have some work experience or acquired certain education or training and decided to either renew their competence and skills, or to acquire knowledge and qualification in new areas. Vilnius Business College offers full-time (3 year) and part-time (4 year) study programmes in Philology, IT, Management and Business Administration. Professional teaching staff with an extensive experience ensures the excellence of studies and students experience.
The College also has enhanced English teaching level and offers to study other foreign languages, such as German, Russian, Spanish, French, Swedish or even Chinese. Chinese and Swedish languages are particularly relevant to students who choose the following study programmes: ‘Applied English Language’, ‘Hospitality Industry’ and ‘Transport Business Management’.
Foreign IT service providers which have established their subdivisions in Lithuania, have created many new work places, and will continue doing so in the near future. Gaming takes a significant part of the ICT market. In order to contribute in preparation of IT specialists, the College offers the following study programmes: ‘Media and Computer Games’, ‘Programming and Internet Technologies’ or ‘Mobile Technologies and Security’ as it is believed these professions will continue to be the most marketable ones.
Kutahya Provincial Directorate of Education (Kutahya MEM) maintains coordination between educational institutions and is responsible for executing educational services on the basis of province and districts. In line with the public administration structure and functioning in Turkey; all private and public schools and institutions at pre – school, primary and upper secondary education and adult education levels are hierarchically affiliated to province National Education Directorates. The province national education directorates implement the resolutions adopted by the Ministry at local levels.
Today, the number of students at all levels is 93.791 ( in details: 7.690 at pre-primary school level, 56.801 at primary school level, 12.672 at general education high school level and 16.628 at vocational and technical education high school level.
Vocational and Technical Secondary Education is a four-year compulsory educational process that prepares students both for higher education and for the future as well as for an occupation and job fields according to their interests, expectations and abilities in addition to equipping them with world knowledge with an education based on primary education.
The vocational and technical education system in Turkey includes two main dimensions: theoretical (school training) and practical (in-company training). Vocational and technical education institutions educate the pupils as manpower for business and professional branches in line with the objectives of general secondary education and prepare them for tertiary education. Some of the present branches related to tourism within Kutahya Yoncalı Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School, Devlet Hatun Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School have Front Office Department, Housekeeping Department, Food, Travel and Accommodation Department and Beverage Department. Kütahya Yoncalı Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School was awarded with gold medal in High School Level Chef Student Modern Turkish Kitchen Team Competition at 14th International Istanbul Gastronomy Festival organised by Cooks and Chefs Federation of Turkey between February 11-14,2016 in Istanbul. Total number of students only in branches related to tourism and hotel management is about 400.
Vyšší odborná škola, Střední průmyslová škola a Obchodní akademie Čáslav is an education institution that provides secondary and higher (tertiary) education in economics and engineering in Central Bohemia region. School has two parts – Střední průmyslová škola a Obchodní akademie (Secondary Technical School and Economic school) is school that provides vocational training on secondary level. Vyšší odborná škola (Higher Vocational College) is school that provides vocational training on tertiary level. After three-year study the students get a degree Diploma Specialist. The history of secondary school starts in 1930s. Vyšší odborná škola (higher vocational college) was founded in 1993 and offers a 3-year interdisciplinary programme “Production and Managerial Systems in Companies” with four specializations in Management and HR, Accountancy and finance, Maintenance of machinery and Quality control and metrology. As a part of the curriculum the students from the third class do a 5-month work placement in companies that refers to their specialization. The programme is offered to full-time and part-time students. The students of the collage are secondary school graduates or adults (employees of companies or institutions) who want to get higher vocational education but cannot afford to study at universities because it is too expensive for them. At the moment the school centre has 390 students in total, 208 of them are enrolled at higher vocational college. School has 45 staff – lecturers and administration/support staff.
School started to take part in Erasmus programme in 2007 when its higher vocational college was awarded with Erasmus University Charter. In 2014 it was prolonged as Erasmus Charter for Higher Education. Erasmus programme enables its students do their compulsory traineeships abroad. They get a great opportunity to gain work experience in another European country, improve not only their language skills but also social skills such as ability to adopt to another culture environment, work in multinational teams, etc. Under the Erasmus programme school has arranged 26 five-month traineeships for its students in UK, Ireland, Germany, Malta and Slovenia.
Besides the full-time students its Higher Vocational College has part-time adult students employed in various companies. In the past they graduated at secondary schools but now they need to get tertiary professional education to keep their position, promote in their career or get a better job. The education of these part-time students combines regular classes and distance education. The regular classes are held 5 or 6 times a term. The distance education makes crucial part of their study. They study at home from the learning materials prepared by our teachers and are presented to the students through e-learning tool. The tool is a part of our school information system. The e-learning courses consist of syllabus where the students get information about the course and the grades and ECTS credits, learning materials, homework and tests. The teachers who make these e-learning courses are supposed to keep the standards that were published by the National Institute of Distance Education.