International project meeting at University of Salento in Lecce

  • Veronika Novotná
  • 09.10.2023
Learning by doing is the main focus of the international project Innovation of the professional training of future tourism experts using a fictitious training hotel coordinated by the Slovak institution Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra (SK), Dept of Tourism at the Faculty of Central European Studies. After the second year of the project, partners met at Salento University in Lecce, Italy, to evaluate the project output and plan activities for the third year of the project as well as prepare the final report and dissemination.

Author: Krystyna Heinz, Department of Tourism and Leisure Activities

The project involves 5 European universities located in Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Partner universities emphasize enforcing of new methods in entrepreneurial education comprised in European educational policy developing skills related to initiative and entrepreneurship, which should include creativity, innovation and risk-taking, as well as management in the area of tourism. Project tasks are developed by the Dept of Tourism and Leisure Activities at School of Business Administration in Karviná, Silesian University in Opava, then submitted to the project coordinator, discussed and evaluated during project meetings regularly held in a partner institution. 

The fourth partners' meeting took place in Lecce, Italy, between September 19 and 21 at University of Salento. The key activities of the meeting involved management, administration and the financial plan of the project. However, the most significant point of the agenda was presenting students' results in the area of intercultural communication and hotel information systems. 

Another part of the meeting was aimed at project activities and workplan updating where the coordinating institution listed the tasks to be fulfilled during the following stage of the project and documents to be submitted for the final report of the project in 2024. The project partners believe that the project is beneficial both for students and teachers in 5 institutions and that its output will contribute to implementing new educational methods in tourism teaching.