Erasmus International Summer School at the VERN's center at the Island of Vis ended
In the unique island’s environment, at the International University Center VERN’-Vis, the participants of the Erasmus International Summer School, students from Finland, Slovenia and Croatia were gaining new knowledge about sustainable development, tourism, competitiveness and innovation.
Erasmus Summer School at the Island of Vis entitled "Empowerment for sustainability and sustainable development in tourism", lasted from the 2nd until 15th September, and it gathered about 50 students and lecturers from VERN’ University of Applied Sciences and partner universities: University of Vaasa from Finland, Chodkowska University of Warsaw from Poland, as well as the Faculty of Tourism – Turistica and Faculty of Commercial Sciences from the Business from Slovenia.
the program was envisaged as a combination of theory, practical work on real business cases, and work on the field, in collaboration with the local population and entrepreneurs. The aim of the summer school was to encourage the mutual exchange of opinion among students and lecturers in cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment, to acquire new knowledge in the field of entrepreneurship, competitiveness, sustainable development and environmental protection, and to encourage innovation in these areas.
The lectures were held by the lecturers from the foreign universities – Mrs. Margit Niemeläu (Finland), Mrs. Tadeja Jere Lazanski (Slovenia), Mrs. Tatjana Rijavec (Slovenia) and Mr. Waldemar Ziemski (Poland), as well as by the lectures from VERN’ University of Applied Sciences, Mrs. Irena Ateljevic, Mr. Zoran Klaric, Mrs. Romana Lekic, Mrs. Ozana Ramljak, Dean Mr. Goran Radman andMrs. Mira Lenardić, Vice-Dean for research and development. The students gained new knowledge during the classes and they further developed it in the workshops, thematic discussions, and on the field trips where they were acquainted with more details on the Island of Vis, its rich historical and cultural heritage, the touristic offer and the challenges of local entrepreneurs. In collaboration with the entrepreneurs as well as the lecturers, the students had to develop their own business projects, according to the principles of sustainable development.
The students presented their final projects on the final day of the summer school. Each student had to choose a topic of their own and also a mentor who was assisting him/her in project development. As a part of the "Country presentation dinner", group of students from the same country had to present their country of origin to other participants – the customs, cultural and historical heritage, and culinary delights which they prepared themselves.
The Erasmus International Summer School on the Island of Vis is a three-year project carried out within the framework of the Erasmus program for international mobility, and is fully financed from EU funds under the Lifelong Learning Program.