EAST4TOUR - Enhancing Skills for Tourism and Hospitality Bachelor education in Economic Transition Countries
EAST4TOUR project aims at enhancing skills and competences of tourism and hospitality professionals through creating training centres for academic staff and curriculum modernisation in partner country universities of three regions (Eastern countries, Asia, Central Asia,) with the support of the EU great experience in this field. The transition economies of three regions face challenges as they seek to compete within an increasingly globalised economy. For those regions, tourism is seen as a promising sector of economic opportunity and highly supported by the national authorities of each country (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, and Mongolia). Competitive international tourism marketplace requires the appropriate human resources, especially the skills and competences to deliver products and services of good quality to the customers. The competitiveness of the regions is closely connected to the quality of higher education. Thus, it is important to work towards improvement of the HE level in the partner country universities and foster the link between educational institutions and the tourism industry. To achieve the main aim of the project, the following objectives are set up:
a) To enhance the intercultural and professional collaboration between partner universities and between universities and associated organisations to improve and harmonise study plans, contents, and methodologies of the existing bachelor’s degrees curricula giving more adequacy to the labour market and society needs.
b) To organise training for the academic staff in order to learn new thematic trends of the global XXI century, new methodologies and methods in developing skills and competences for continuous improvement of learning and teaching in tourism and hospitality field.
c)To modernise local resources with new working tools and equipment to access new forms of teaching / learning according to the standards of European Union, to develop digital open educational resources e.g. online self-study courses for the staff about innovative teaching/learning methodologies and practices in in tourism and hospitality bachelor studies.
Researchers of REMIT
Isabel Vaz de Freitas
Portucalense University (Portugal)
University of the Balearic Islands (Spain)
Burgas Free University (Bulgaria)
Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (Finland)
Batumi Sh. Rustaveli State University (Georgia)
Ilia State University (Georgia)
Sh. Ualikhanov Kokshetau State University (Kazakhstan)
International Kazakh-Turkish University (Kazakhstan)
Almaty Technological University (Kazakhstan)
Samarkand University of Tourism "Silk Road" (Uzbekistan)
Tashkent University of Economics (Uzbekistan)
Mongolian National University (Mongolia)
University of the Humanities (Mongolia)
EAST4TOUR projects applies a systematic approach divided into 5 work packages (WP). WP1 and 2 are content based and devoted to preparation and development of training methodology. WP3 (Quality assurance and evaluation) constantly monitor the progress of project activities and control its quality. WP4 concerns with the dissemination, exploitation & sustainability of the project outcomes. WP Management helps and facilitates project management process and communication among the partners. The project management is considered a cohesive system driven by effective communication and sharing of competences among the partners.
The main results/outcomes of the project:
-Development of new subjects addressing the needs of the society and tourism labour market;
-Upgrading institutional facilities by creating training centres and purchasing equipment;
-Development of training materials for the academic staff;
-Creating learning/teaching methodologies for academic staff;
-Training academic staff in using innovative methodologies;
-Support 21st century global issues (sustainability, inclusion and accessibility);
-Support of cooperation in national, regional and international levels.