Business success of hotel companies is evident among those who invest a lot in human resources. One of the reasons why the expansion of the domestic tourism suffers is the insufficient level an standard of staff training. The study program of Hotel Management, with the help of top experts and academic lecturers with rich expertise and experience, is training the students through examples of both world and local business cases and practices applicable in their own business environment, to reach the source of knowledge and to learn the methods of proactive and creative thinking oriented on solving even the most demanding business problems. The third year students participate in practical training in duration of 640 hours in a hotel to obtain knowledge and skills applicable in the labour market.
Renowned Croatian and foreign experts in the field of hospitality and management participate as guest lecturers, both in theoretical and practical part of the lectures. A great emphasis in the overall study program is put on the lecturers from the practice, because in this way students are provided with examples from business situations and crisis management through first-hand advice from the experts. Respectable foreign teachers are involved in the curriculum itself, since they are lecturers at some of the courses in the study program.
Studying while working
Studying while working is suitable for employed persons who are not able to regularly attend lectures due to their professional commitments. Part-time students are provided with individual consultations with mentorship, and the teaching materials are available on our web site. Students can take distance learning courses, but they need to attend compulsory workshops in the kitchen which take place once a week. The distance learning system ‘Merlin’ provides high quality participation in classes and long-distance interaction with teachers, and the lectures can be followed via video streaming. Furthermore, University College ASPIRA enables part-time students with a remote place of residence to take certain exams via teleconference. The exams take place through a software support within the Merlin system.
The Bologna Process
In accordance with the characteristics of the Bologna Process, the main objectives of this program are: individualized work in small groups with a direct mentoring supervision by assistants and teachers; high level of vertical and horizontal student mobility; a large number of elective courses that students may choose at any other higher education institution; and flexible organization of the study, i.e. adjustment of contents of the study program to student preferences while maintaining the professional title. Moreover, the study program is compatible with related study programs at famous and reputable foreign universities.