Students from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana Gain Practical Experience in the Relevant Ministry
On Tuesday, 13 March 2018, students from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana took part in an excursion to the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology as part of the “Tourism Policy” course (by Associate Professor Kir Kuščer).
During the excursion, a meeting was held with the state secretary of the ministry, Eva Štravs Podlogar, who told the students about the role of the government in the development of tourism, the work of state institutions and future projects. She also presented in detail to the participants of the excursion the current Strategy for Sustainable Growth of Slovenian Tourism for 2017–2021. It should be noted that the draft of this Strategy was jointly prepared by the employees of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana and the Horwath HTL Company in cooperation with representatives of the tourism industry.
In addition, on Wednesday, 14 March 2018, the students from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana participated in an excursion to the Bohinj Park Hotel, where they learned about sustainable solutions in the hospitality business within the framework of the “Sustainable Tourism” course (by Associate Professor Kir Kuščer). In particular, the director of the Bohinj Park Hotel, Anže Čokl, told the students about the application of sustainable solutions in hotel management, the construction of the 2864 ski resort and the challenges faced by his staff. During the meeting, considerable attention was also paid to future projects and sustainable development of the Bohinj tourist destination[*].
It is important to emphasize that a large volume of the future specialists’ practical training is one of the key priorities for the educational system of Slovenia. With regard specifically to tourism, this industry is crucial for the economy of the country. Therefore, Slovenian universities have many relevant study programmes.
“The academic activity pays great attention to practice in Slovenian tourism companies. Practitioners who have extensive experience in the tourism industry read lectures. At the same time, during the study process, future specialists are oriented not only to Slovenia, but also to the neighbouring European countries,” notes the 2TM manager, Marina Kosheleva.
[*] Tourist destination is an object (territory) with a wide range of amenities, facilities and services to meet all kinds of tourist needs.