The Institute of Technology Tralee (IT Tralee) was established in 1977 as the Regional Technical College, Tralee and in 1992 became the Institute of Technology, Tralee. The Institute currently has 3,500 full & part-time students, employing 350 staff and provides a financial contribution of circa €60m to the local economy annually. IT Tralee operates on two campus locations in Tralee, Co. Kerry: the South Campus located in Clash and the North Campus located in Dromtacker which opened in 2001.
IT Tralee is involved in the provision of third level education, training and research & development for the economic, technological, scientific, commercial, industrial, social and cultural development of the State with particular reference to the region served by the Institute. It also develops and maintains linkages with other educational organisations, industry, commerce, other professions and the community.
The Institute has three principal schools, i.e. School of Business, Computing & Humanities, School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics and School of Health & Social Sciences. It conducts an extensive range of courses, comprising two year certificates and building thereon, three year Ordinary Degrees; four year Honours Degree, Masters and PhD. The Institute also conducts a wide range of craft, apprentice, ACCS and life-long learning / part-time programmes.
IT Tralee offer programmes in a number of areas including Agriculture, Biological & Pharmaceutical, Business & Management, Construction, Creative Media, Engineering, Environmental, Food, Culinary Arts & Cookery, Health, Leisure & Fitness, Hospitality & Hotel Management, Information Science/Systems, Music, TV & Radio, Nursing, Outdoor Activity, Renewable / Energy, Social Sciences, Computing & Technology, Tourism & Wildlife.
The Institute also has a number of research centres in the following areas:
In addition, the Tom Crean Business Incubation Centre (creancentre.com) plays a key role in fostering and developing the entrepreneurial mindset as part of the innovative ecosystem of the Institute of Technology Tralee and where successful start-ups can move to the Kerry Technology Park who share our 113 acre North Campus.
The Institute of Technology, Tralee (ITT) has participated in a number of EU and national programmes as a partner and as the Applicant. The ITT staff has many national and international networks that would be suitable to disseminate the core ideas of this project. It is also not discipline specific which will make piloting and dissemination easier. Please have a look at http://www.ittralee.ie/en/InformationAbout/InstituteandDepartments/AbouttheDepartments/AcademicDepartments/Languages/Languages-EUProjects/.
The E-learning Development and Support Unit (EDSU) at the Institute of Technology, Tralee, designs, develops and supports the delivery of blended learning courses, promotes Digital Literacy and administers the front-end of Blackboard, the Institute’s Learning Management System. Established in January 2013, EDSU brings together subject matter experts, education developers, instructional designers and content support specialists in a collaborative dynamic environment to produce courses in a blend of face-to-face and online delivery.
The unit is currently supporting blended course delivery at the Institute for work-based learners which include Trainee Management and Development Program for the Hotel Industry, Certificate in Instrumentation and Automation, BA in Early Childhood Practice and a BA in Outdoor Learning. In addition a number of project are currently under development with academic partners including modules in a MA in Dance, Supervision and Reflection and in a proposed BEng in Mectronics.
In addition EDSU has developed a number of nationally funded projects including the “Digital Objects to Transition International Students into the HE sector in Ireland” initiative (www.liveandlearninireland.ie ). Tourism Insight (http://tourisminsight.ie/ ) is a collaborative project which involved businesses in hospitality, the Irish Hospitality Institute and the Irish Tourism Board (Failte Ireland) among others. This interactive programme, is split into six units that can be completed in school as part of a career guidance classes. The unit also developed a micro-credential with academic Dr. Kristin Brogen under the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Professional Development Digital Badge initiative (http://www.teachingandlearning.ie/pd-digital-badges-initiative/ ).
University of Plovdiv Paisii Hilendarski is a leading teaching, research, scientific and cultural center in Bulgaria. It is the largest institution of higher education in the southern part of the country and the second largest Bulgarian university. It provides training to students in the five major fields of higher education: natural sciences, formal sciences, humanities, social studies, and economics. On average, over 15, 000 students are enrolled in the university each year, including students from other countries on Erasmus or other mobility programs. University’s 9 faculties offer a wide range of programs leading to Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctor’s degrees.
The Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication (CLIC) involved in the project is a structure within the Faculty of Languages and Literature of the University of Plovdiv set up to promote effective language and intercultural communication learning. It provides high-quality services based on research into language, culture, and communication as well as on professional experience developed throughout the years.
Srednja šola za gostinstvo in turizem Celje (Secondary Vocational School for Catering and Tourism Celje) is one of the most modern vocational schools in Slovenia offering 5 educational programmes for the catering and tourism sector (about 700 full-time students and adults) as well as training programmes for National Occupational Qualifications or short courses tailored to the needs of individual hotel and catering enterprises. The teacher and student teams of SŠGT Celje participated in numerous outside catering events on the local, regional and national level (e.g. events during the 6- month presidency of Slovenia of the EU, world congresses in Ljubljana, reception of the British Queen Elisabeth in Slovenia etc.)
The school was coordinating the consortium of the Slovenian schools educating for the catering and tourism sector in the 2-year national project (reform and modernisation of the educational programmes) in close cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport and other national bodies involved in VET.
The school was among the first which applied ECVET tools for recognition of the learning outcomes acquired by the students during the mobility.
A wide network of national and international partners (Austria, Germany, Spain, France, Ireland, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Belgium, Italy, Poland, Norway, United Kingdom, Portugal, Malta etc.) represents a good basis for dissemination and exploitation of the project results
Since 2002 the school has been involved in more than 20 EU co-funded projects (Leonardo da Vinci mobility projects (IVT, PLM and VETPRO), LdV-Transfer of Innovation, Accompanying measures, Language projects etc.) and Erasmus+ mobility projects).
The school received 4 national “Quality in Mobility awards“ (the last one in 2018) and the European Language Label award (2008) for the partnership in the project EuroCatering Language Training. A further reference for the quality of mobility projects is the Erasmus+ Mobility Charter in VET which was awarded to the school in 2015.
It was the first Slovenian vocational school which applied for the mobility project as the coordinator of a consortium of Slovenian catering schools covering 6 different Slovenian regions. Important national partners who have been often involved in the project in different roles are: The Chamber of Commerce, Association of Hoteliers of Slovenia, Centre for Vocational Education and Training , The National Education Institute Of The Republic Of Slovenia, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport etc. Besides, it has a strong network of partner companies in the hospitality and tourism sector on the national level.
Istituto di Istruzione Superiore is a State High School who joins a Vocational School for Catering and Tourism and a Technical School for Business and a Technical School for International Relations. The Vocational School for Tourism and Catering, member of AEHT (European Association of Hotel and Tourism school) and of RENAIA (National Network of Vocational School for Tourism and Catering) is an important partner for all local and some national authorities’ events, and its students are award winners in local and national competitions in the field. The School collaborates with Universities and Researchers in Projects that relate Science and Nutrition , but even in Pilot Projects on Innovative Teaching. Students can get a Qualification after a three years study or a Diploma after a five years study, that allows them to enroll to Universities; the school offer 4 different educational programs to fulltime students, but it organizes even courses for professionals, amateurs and so on. The IIS is a well known center for teacher training and teacher information. IIIS is working on the “FIXO School- University Project”, that aims to fill up the gap between the qualification owned by the students and the firms/entrepreneurs’ needs and demands, by encouraging a quality employment, and integrating the schoolsystem, the productive system and technology, to raise the employment rate. All the students of the Institute work in 400 hours a year of apprenticeship in important establishments all over Italy.
The School participated in Leonardo Multilateral Partnership, in Comenius Projects, in eTwinning Projects and it has a wide network of partners from the former Projects.
Business Development Friesland (BDF), a non-profit organisation founded in 2002 in Leeuwarden, is the linking pin between business, education and governments. Regionally in Friesland as well as internationally. BDF initiates and develops projects to encourage entrepreneurship, internationalisation and social innovation. An example is the establishment of Inqubator Leeuwarden in 2010, the hotspot in Friesland for students, start-ups and professionals to turn a good idea into a new business. In addition BDF organises international trade missions, matchmaking and exchange events and support entrepreneurs with soft landing programs to successfully enter foreign markets. In cooperation with governments, BDF executes policy measures in its region and in Europe. Schools are also an important part of BDF’s network. BDF is an experienced partner in Erasmus+ project development, management and support through which it aims to innovate education.
Mardin Artuklu Halk Eğitim Merkezi is found in 1957 it provides the training programmes such as literacy,personal development sessions such as English ,German and Arabic Language courses as well as contributing the employability assisting sessions ,especially, towards disadvantaged groups -unemployed youngsters and women as well as providing qualification courses with collaboration of public bodies -local authorities,educational institutions and local associations. for example ; handicraft courses for women,family education for parents,qualification development courses for youngsters such as safety in workplace and tour guiding courses.The Organization is actively working with local public bodies to make a capacity building and form a network between VET schools,foundations and enterprises upon tourism sector to make an European Framework Circulation for Tourism and Training in Mardin Region where host about 1 million tourists each year. Moreover The Organisation is building up an infstructure to make live and preserve the local traditions as well as plans for promototing and reaching the real target groups throughout the European Area via mutual programmes to promote the Mesopotamian cultural heritage in order to attract the region as tourism cultural destination which having an positive impact upon both locals and visitors to the region ,the institution appeals to Artuklu region as public Education Center and Art School with 181 staffs providing trainings for 780 trainees.
Klaipeda Tourism School was founded in 1961, and later, in 1994, it was renamed into Klaipeda Tourism School. Students can choose specialities from the fields like trade and catering service as well as tourism sector. Currently, the school has enrolled about 600 students.
Since 1998 the school has been participating in various national and international projects, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Erasmus+, Nordplus, and other. The school has acquired extensive experience organizing mobility visits, and accepting aspiring teachers and students from abroad.
The school has a modern, innovative accommodation, catering and trade sector which provides students with practical training. There are highly-equipped practical training facilities for chefs, confectioners, waiters, bartenders, trade companies‘ assistant managers, alongside with a library, a modernized reading room, and classrooms.
The College of Regional Development and Banking Institute – AMBIS, a. s. was formed by merging two institutions in 2017. The College of Regional development, with the accredited bachelor and master study programs in applied management, public and regional administration management, safety and protection management. The Banking Institute, the oldest private higher education institution in the Czech Republic, with accredited bachelor and master study programs in finance and property valuation.
Over the first years of their existence, both schools achieved a significant position among the higher education institutions in the Czech Republic. The merged institutions equip professionals with quality economic and managerial education and suitable field of specialization. Currently, Ambis, with its almost 2500 students, is one of the three most prominent private schools in the Czech Republic. The number of academic staff is now about 100.
Ambis has experience with Erasmus+ mobility projects since 2014. Currently, the college has 17 partner universities in the European Union and Turkey.
Ambis is involved in the network of professionals through its membership in The Czech Rector´s Association, The Higher Education Council, the Czech Association for Geoinformation, and the COGNOS AG – one of the largest independent private education groups in Germany. Ambis emphasize the high level of teaching, scientific and publishing activities and systematically involve practitioners in teaching.
An integral part of the scientific activity of AMBIS academic staff is participation in external grant competitions announced by the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, etc. Currently the school is the solver of two large external projects „Application of nonparametric methods (DEA, FDH) for analysis and comparison of municipal efficiency“ (ETA Technology Program of the Czech Republic) and the GAČR project „Alternative ways of providing services“ in cooperation with the Faculty of Economics and Administration of Masaryk University.
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