Partner meeting in Miercurea Ciuc, Romania (13)
The second meeting for the Erasmus+ project „Key Skills for European Union Hotel Staff” (Project No.: 2014-1-HR01-KA2014-007224) was held in Miercurea Ciuc, Romania from the 22nd - 24th of April 2015. The meeting organised by the project Partner, Universitatea Sapientia din Cluj-Napoca (Romania) was attended by representatives of all other project partners Tourism and Catering School Dubrovnik (Croatia) Primrose Publishing (UK), Ekonomska šola Murska Sobota (Slovenia), IPSSA Nino Bergese (Italy) and Turiba University (Latvia).
Turiba University was represented by the Department of Languages responsible for the implementation of the project and the head of the department of Languages prof. Dr. Ineta Luka and lecturer Sundars Vaidesvarans were present at the meeting.
Following a warm welcome address by the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Human Sciences project partners started off discussions on the agenda items. Partners discussed and evaluated the interim and final results of the various activities carried out: needs analysis, curriculum, learning platform and the translations for front desk and restaurant. The quality of the translations and the problems faced were discussed in depth and favourable solutions were worked out. During the afternoon session the Italian partners shared their experience on methodologies of learning languages in hotel and catering schools in Italy and France.
The second day of the meeting started off with presentations on upcoming activities and deadlines and progress on technical issues related to the project such as the development of Smartphone Apps, FrontDesk2 Program. Discussion on designing a handbook on intercultural issues and the piloting of Smartphone Apps, FrontDesk2 Program were also held.
The afternoon session was dedicated to dissemination where a multiplier event was organised at the University with the participation of stakeholders. Several presentations were made during the session followed by discussions and comments and feedback from the participants. The project coordinator, Hilarija Lozančić Benić (Croatia) provided an overview of the project, Dr. Ineta Luka gave a detailed report on the results of the need analysis, Erna Voros presented the curriculum of the language learning course and demonstrated the prototype of the learning platform based on moodle designed by Ekonomska šola Murska Sobota (Slovenia), and David Sephton (UK) presented the progress and results in the development of the Front Desk programme, Interactive maps and smartphone apps.
The final day of the meeting was spent on discussing forthcoming deadlines. Plans for dissemination activities were reviewed and the project coordinator explained the reporting procedures and clarified issues related to documents and reporting templates necessary for submitting the first interim report. Preliminary dates were also agreed upon for the next partner meeting in Riga in September 2015.
Partners were shown around the host institution and its facilities and were also taken around on a short guided tour of the small but beautiful town Csikszereda in the heart of Transylvania. The town is situated between the volcanic chain of the Hargita and Csiki Mountains, on the left terraces of the river Olt. The meeting participants even had a possibility to walk to the top of the mountain and enjoy a wonderful sight at the town and its famous mineral water springs. Csikszereda in Hungarian and Miercurea Ciuc in Romanian has been the centre of the county since 1879. It has to be added that this is the region of Hungarian community therefore the town has two names. Its population is about 37 thousand inhabitants, 81.75% of them being Hungarian and 17.3% - Romanian. Therefore, the project partner Universitatea Sapientia is involved in the project as partner developing learning materials both for Hungarian and Romanian speaking population.
Participants are grateful to our Romanian colleagues for the wonderful hospitality.
Further detailed information regarding the project, its objectives and outcomes can be found on the official project webpage at www.language4hotlel.eu
Lecturer of Language department