The fact that Turistička i ugostiteljska škola Dubrovnik (Tourism and Catering School Dubrovnik) has existed for more than 70 years 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 552 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 (English is obligatory, and students can choose two more languages).
It is precisely the Tourism and Catering School Dubrovnik that has produced numerous professionals who, with their skills, have made the Croatian catering and tourism renowned. In this context the excellence of educators at TUSDU has to be appreciated. Has keep close contacts with industry partners in closer and wider surroundings of the school. School has a close contacts with the ALH and the Valamar Hotels & Resorts. Having long term experience in educating students in all levels, all duties related to food production and selling it are well known. This practical experience is again beneficial to the project. Similarly waiters and cooks at TUSDU understanding play an important part as “salesmen” of food and hoteliers are aware of the fact how to sell product to customers. Beside serving skills they need to acquire knowledge of the whole assortment of goods and being in direct contact with foreign and domestic customers. Thus they need excellent communicative skills, knowledge of foreign languages, courtesy and a high level of cultural understanding. This is ensured by the professional staff of the school. TUSDU is active in the field of adult education providing the programs to adult learners in order to raise their competences and employability skills.
BAT has a Lifelong Learning Department the aim of which is to promote the implementation of lifelong learning processes and enhancing the growth of intellectual capital of Latvian citizens in accordance with the LLL Strategy of Latvia, and Education Guidelines of Latvia and relevant EU recommendations and strategies. The department is: 1) by participating in various national projects promoting the development of the adult education system in the country, 2) through projects, open lectures/seminars enhance the upskilling of Latvian inhabitants, 3) by participating in work groups and conducting research develop the module-based approach to acquiring tertiary education.
BAT has an Adult Education Centre that organises various courses for developing people’s competences for employability, self-development and wellbeing. They organise lots of short-term and long-term formal and non-formal courses. The most popular ones: language courses (English, Latvian for all levels), Project management, Accountancy, Marketing, Personnel Management, IT, Culture, Work Culture, Psychology, Service, etc. (more on the webpage: http://kursi.turiba.lv/)
The staff of language Department is involved at work in all the levels, departments and also Adult Education Centre: University level (EQF Level 8, 7, 6, 5), Adult Education Centre in giving language courses to unemployed people and low-skilled and low-qualified, and participating in lifelong learning activities of the Lifelong Learning Department.
The University has opened a University Teacher education program and the project manager of BAT project team is the head of this Department, too. Professional development program has been compiled in accordance with the Regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia, it provides regular professional development seminars to the teaching staff.
The University has been admitted as member in the AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which unites the leading higher educational institutions of business, in EURASHE – European Association of Institutions in Higher Education and E.L.F.A., European Law Faculties Association, a member of UNeECC – University Network of European Cultural Capitals (the project manager of BAT team is the nominated University representative in this network), UN World Tourism Organisation TEDQUAL accreditation which testifies the University quality standards and international cooperation.
We are experienced in project work (international, national, applied and scientific), every year several projects are being implemented by various University departments. The Language Department has been involved in Erasmus+ and LLP projects since 2005 – having one or two projects per call, among them Grundtvig projects twice, Erasmus+ adult education project once, regularly NordPlus projects in adult education, also the projects of the EU Social Fund.
Currently we have more 4000-4500 students and adult learners (the figure is changing depending on the course attendants per specific time period). We have more than 800 international students from more than 40 countries. This intercultural mixture has taught us how to perceive different cultures and value each of them. Our personnel is composed of 373 employees, out of them 310 are fulltime. Out of those 373, 197 is teaching staff, out of which 67 are fulltime teaching staff.
Ekonomska šola Murska Sobota, Višja strokovna šola is a higher vocational school in the Pomurje region in the south-east of Slovenia. The unemployment rate is, especially for young people, quite high so prospects for them are not very promising. We offer two short-cycle programmes, Economist and Informatics. Within the economist programme we offer four modules – accountancy, commercialism, entrepreneurship and tourism. As part of the curriculum students do a 3-month work placement in each study year in companies that refer to the module they chose. We offer our programmes to full-time and part-time students. At the moment there are about 250 students enrolled and we have 20 staff – lecturers and administration/support staff. 10 lecturers are experts from companies in the region. Students are mainly from our region because they cannot afford to go studying to bigger cities because it is too expensive. We have a quality system which involves all participants of the education process – students, teachers, administrative and technical staff as well as mentors from local companies. The quality of different parts of the education process is checked every year. Students evaluate the teaching process, the material, the teachers, library, IT equipment and similar. Teachers evaluate working conditions, teaching process, training opportunities and similar. Mentors from local companies evaluate the students’ work, motivation, progress and similar. The aim of these surveys is to find out where improvement is needed and where changes need to be done. The evaluation or survey is carried out online and it is an important indicator for the further education process.
We started to take part in EU projects with the Leonardo da Vinci programme – student mobility (work placements abroad) in 2004. In 2007 we joined the Erasmus programme so that students could continue to do their work placements abroad but also staff could go on teaching or training mobility. The Erasmus mobility programme is very important for our students because it is an opportunity for them to gain work experience in other EU countries, which is a very useful reference when they are looking for a job. They also improve their language skills and some students take this as opportunity to make important future contacts. For staff mobility is important because it means sharing experiences with colleagues at other institutions but also networking and making useful future contacts. In 2012 we took part in a Grundtvig project – Learning partnerships which finished in 2014. This project is also important as the emphasis is on adult teaching and new ways of teaching languages. Since the new Erasmus+ programme 2014, we have been involved in two KA2 projects. One finished in 2016, the second will finish this year in August.
Universitatea „Sapientia” din municipiul Cluj-Napoca (Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania) is the independent university of the Hungarian community in Romania, which aims at providing education to the members of our community and performing scientific research on a high professional level. Our 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. We strive that our academic community be guided by fraternal love, equity, steadiness and righteousness. Our fundamental expectations are ethical behaviour, cognition of and respect for Hungarian and universal cultural values. The life of our institution is defined by participation and the practice of university autonomy. The university has 3 faculties: Faculty of Economics, Socio-Human Sciences and Engineering located in Miercurea Ciuc, Faculty of Sciences and Arts located in Cluj-Napoca, and Faculty of Technical and Human Sciences located in Targu-Mures. The University offers 30 Bachelor of Sciences programmes and 12 Master programmes.
SIZE: In the academic year 2017/2018 it has 2329 students and 415 teaching staff, and 4935 graduated students in 14 graduation years.
Besides specializing students in the field of philological studies (Romanian Language and Literature – English Language and Literature, Universal and Comparative Literature – English Language and Literature – BA courses; Translation and Interpretation MA courses), the Department of Humanities also lays great emphasis on research. It has its own research centre (“Intercultural Confluences Research Centre”), dealing with scientific research carried out in the following domains: literature, linguistics, language pedagogy, translation, cultural studies, film studies, and similar interdisciplinary areas. The teachers of the Department are members of prestigious Romanian and international scientific boards and research groups, attending international conferences and publishing their scientific research in international databases. The Department also has its own scientific journal called Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Philologica which publishes original, previously unpublished articles in the wide field of philological studies, with 3 issues a year.
Foundation Pro Scientia Publica (Poland) has been operating since 2010 in the field of adult education, promoting several initiatives with a focus on elderly citizens and their social inclusion. Our team is experienced in teaching adult and elderly people and we are providing workshops and seminars regarding, among others,: techniques and methods of teaching senior students,autobiography method in elderly people learning, digital storytelling, development of key competencies of seniors’.Our beneficiaries are people aged 65+ and trainers from other organizations in the region of Lower Silesia. The Foundation also stimulates and supports the activity of young scientific talent, allowing them a good start in the world of science and fostering their professional activities. Also makes its own scientific and educational projects that build bridges of understanding between generations involved in the creation and dissemination of science. The symbol of this agreement became the
bridge, which is inscribed in the logo of the Foundation.
Vyšší odborná škola, Střední průmyslová škola a Obchodní akademie Čáslav is an education institution that provides secondary and tertiary education in economics and engineering in Central Bohemia region. The history of secondary school dates back to 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 third year students 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 college 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. Part-time studies are a combination of e-learning and weekend tutorials. The school facilities include a boarding house which is used by secondary and tertiary students from remote places as well as by part-time students at weekend-tutorials. The college building is fully barrier-free and therefore suitable for disabled students. Both types of school have been educating also students with learning difficulties or with special needs (e.g. autism, reading or writing disorder etc.). Vital part of the institution is the Life Long Study Centre (CCV), where various courses for adult learners are provided, for example requalification courses for clients of local Labour Office or language or computing courses for the public.
At the moment the school centre has 287 students in total, 108 of them are enrolled at higher vocational college. We have 33 staff – lecturers and administration/support staff.
The quality system at our school has two levels. The internal evaluation is done by annual questionnaires in which the students evaluate the teaching process, the material, the teachers, library, IT equipment, etc. In a 3-year period we do a big online survey “Map of School” prepared by external Scio agency in which students, teachers and even parents can evaluate the school management, teaching process, working conditions, school facilities and equipment. The school council, where the students have their elected representative, is also important body of our internal quality system. External evaluation is done by our social partners. Mentors from local companies evaluate the student´s work and motivation during their traineeships. We also have regular meetings with representatives of local companies and Job Centre where we discuss such changes in education that will help our students at the labour market. The last bodies of external evaluation of our school are Czech School Inspectorate and Accreditation Committee of the Ministry of Education that approves our study programme.
We started to take part in Erasmus programme in 2007 when our higher vocational college was awarded with Erasmus University Charter. In 2014 it was prolonged as Erasmus Charter for Higher Education. Erasmus programme enables our 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 and be more independent. Under the Erasmus programme we have arranged 26 five-month traineeships for our students in Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, Malta and Slovenia. Erasmus programme is also very important for our staff because they can go on teaching or training mobility. Our teachers have taught at Universidad San Jorge in Zaragoza and Višja strokovna šola Slovenj Gradec. We have arranged a few staff trainings abroad too. Thanks to these mobilities we can learn from examples of good practice in the areas of school management, curriculum, teaching methods and administration. In addition, it is a chance to make useful contacts and become a member of the network of European higher education institutions. Besides sending students and staff abroad we arrange work placements in Czech companies and accommodation for the students from the partner schools and we host their staff at our school. Since 2016 we have been taking part in international Erasmus K2+ project called Unity in Diversity.