Tourism Education of the Future: “Successful Showcase of Educational Initiatives at IUS Life” Event

Tourism Education of the Future Project presentation

On Thursday, January 18, 2024, IUS Life – Lifelong Learning Center organized a remarkable event at Hotel Europe, one of the oldest hotel in Sarajevo. On this occasion, the spotlight was on our innovative project TEF (Tourism Education Future).

The event was skillfully led by key representatives from the International University of Sarajevo (IUS) and IUS Life, namely  Mirsada Mehremic,  Sibela Beširevic, and  Irma Kustura. The stage also featured dynamic presentations by students who actively participated in the TEF project: Elma Hodzic and Kenan Velic with their mentor prof. Haris Bidzevic as well as IUS students and VET school students Kenan Junuzovic,  Nikola Cvjetinovic, Nedzada Hodzic, Hamza Kurtović, Hanah Spiljak

The attendees were addressed by Mirsad Jasarspahic, President of the Chamber of Economy of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Farida Cikotić Deputy Minister of the Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism Lejla Kapidzic from the National Erasmus Office, Samir Avdic, Deputy Mayor of the City of Sarajevo, Anja Margetic-Stakic, Deputy Mayor of the City of Sarajevo, Riccardo Rigelli, Haris Bidzevic, a teacher from the Secondary School for Tourism and Hospitality, Bahra Pasic, Principal of the Secondary School for Tourism and Hospitality, and Azra Atagić-Ćatović, CEO of business portal.

We are very grateful for the presence and support of Riccardo Righelli, First Secretary of Italian Embassy in B&H and in charge for Cultural and Trade Affairs Development Cooperation.

The occasion was graced by the presence of distinguished guests from various institutions, including the Chamber of Economy of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism, National Erasmus Office, the Embassy of Italy in B&H, representatives of the administration of the City of Sarajevo, directors and representatives of various educational institutions, hotels, travel agencies, associations ad companies.

During the presentation of what has been done so far and what are the next activities of the TEF project, the audience warmly greeted the student moderators and participants of the Blended skills competition who shared their experiences from Fatima, Portugal as well as our Masterclass lecturers.

This event was a great opportunity to present the Pact for Skills initiative and have already sent information and links for registration to the participants of this event.

The event was held in an interactive atmosphere and talks about general topics such as the importance of Erasmus + projects, the internationalization of VET education, the of innovations in the teaching process emphasizing the project-based learning approach, the use of digital technologies, etc.

Attendees had the unique opportunity to gain valuable insights into the importance of the showcased projects for the education of future generations. The event provided a platform for dialogue and collaboration, fostering a strong network between educational institutions, government bodies, and private entities that will undoubtedly contribute to the advancement of education and the empowerment of aspiring professionals

The gathering is finished with refreshing catering and coffee and good opportunities for business networking.

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