The FUE-UJI has received approval from the European Commission to start working on its new Erasmus+ project, INTERCAT, in which it will participate as a partner. This project, coordinated by the Italian organisation New Horizons, aims to develop a learning methodology that includes best practices in education for students and professionals in the accessible and sustainable tourism sector.
INTERCAT has 4 other international partners, in addition to its coordinator, and has been one of the European projects funded under the Erasmus+ programme in the “Strategic Partnerships for Vocational and Educational Training” modality. The project will be implemented over a period of two years with the aim of training professionals in the tourism sector in accessibility and sustainability. To this end, the INTERCAT project will identify best practices in accessible tourism training in the 5 project countries and adapt existing learning methods with an innovative approach through the DIATool – Destination Image Analysis Tool. This tool will be key to analyse the different local characteristics, new trends and technological responses to include Accessible Tourism and Circular Tourism in the General Tourism Development Strategy.
In addition to the Universitat Jaume I-Empresa Foundation (FUE-UJI) as partner and the Italian association New Horizons as coordinator, the organisations Ergasia Ekpaideftiki Anonomi Etairia (Greece), Previform Laboratory, Training, Hygiene and Labor Safety, Lda (Portugal) and Ecological Future Education (Latvia) participate in the project as partners.
The Erasmus+ Zero Waste project has brought together all project partners in the first transnational online meeting. This meeting held on 10 February marked the kick-off for this project on zero waste and circular economy training. The meeting was led by the project coordinator, Democracy University of Izmir (Turkey). It has counted with the participation of all its partners, in addition to the FUE-UJI, the University of Balikesir (Turkey), the multicultural organisation SWIDEAS (Sweden), the Slovak University of Agriculture V (Slovakia), the consultancy EMKICE (Republic of North Macedonia) and the municipality of KARESI (Turkey).
During this international meeting, which was held online, the Zero Waste project partners have determined the different activities that will be carried out in the framework of the project and their organisation in the calendar of the next two years of project implementation. As well as, the visual identity of the project has been published, together with its website and social networks (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn), which will disseminate all the activities developed in the framework of the Erasmus+ Zero Waste project.
Among the next steps of the project, it is worth highlighting the launching of a study to analyse the current situation regarding the knowledge of the population of the partner countries (Turkey, Macedonia, Slovakia, Sweden and Spain) about different concepts related to sustainability and circular economy. This study will be carried out by conducting a series of questionnaires and interviews, from which data and results will be extracted to guide the next steps of this project for sustainability training.