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University of Sopron – Hungary

The University of Sopron is located in West-Hungary. In the life of an institution, the place itself is determinant. This is because the natural and man-made surrounds, the mentality of the people living there and the history of the city. The University of Sopron concentrates on education and research, developing its strengths guided by its vision and the traditions characteristic of its predecessor, the Academy of Selmecbánya.
All the faculties at the University of Sopron have something interesting and unique to offer. The Benedek Elek Faculty of Pedagogy is an institution with the longest-standing traditions in pre-school education in Hungary. The Faculty of Forestry was the first one in Hungary to start a Wildlife Management training program. Creativity is the common feature of all educational areas including engineering, information science and applied art offered at the Károly Simony Faculty of Wood Science, Engineering and Applied Arts. The programmes of the Faculty of Economics highly correspond to the requirements of the region.
The main goals of the University of Sopron are to further increase its research capabilities and promote internationalization. The University intends to offer more study programmes through English language instruction.


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UnionCamere – Italy

Founded in 1901, UNIONCAMERE (Italian Union of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Handicrafts and Agriculture) is a public institution whose task is to represent the general interests of Italian Chambers of Commerce in respect of all institutional stakeholders at local, regional, national and international levels, including business organizations, consumers and workers. Moreover Unioncamere formulates common orientations, promotes and carries out joint initiatives and supports the activities carried out by the Chambers system, favoring its development as a network at European and global level.


Unioncamere actively participates, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the consultative bodies entrusted with the monitoring and developing of the international trade policies of Italian Government and works to support SME’s in approaching foreign markets, basically trough the organization of business meetings, but also institution building, technical assistance and training.


Through individual projects, jointly with the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Unioncamere mobilizes national and international financial resources for the implementation of initiatives aimed at enterprises development and service centers networking.


Unioncamere’s status and position are governed by Law n.580/93 and several other regulations that reformed the system of the Chambers of Commerce, expanding their role and functions and emphasizing the role of the institutional network to serve communities businesses and local territories. The Legislative Decree n. 219/2016 recently introduced a new reorganization of Chambers of commerce by establishing a maximum number of eligible Chambers of commerce and by redefining their functions.


The Reform Act strengthens the Chambers of Commerce’s activities for active labor policies. Through Excelsior survey, Unioncamere provides detailed information on the occupational needs of Italian enterprises, with the aim to support policies concerning the labour market and the education and training system, and at favoring the matching between labour supply and demand. Since 1997, the Excelsior Information System has been one of the Italian main sources of information on labour market forecast. It is promoted and produced by Unioncamere with the participation of the Ministry of Labour and the European Union.


Regarding tourism, Uniocamere supports the Chamber’s initiatives in tourism and for the overall relaunch of the supply chain, to contribute to make the national offer more competitive. It participates directly in initiatives for the enhancement of landscape and cultural heritage and, through its in-house company Isnart, it carries out studies and publications, surveys and feasibility projects, data processing, creation of database and Observatories, organization of conferences, seminars and debates in the tourism sector. Particular attention is given to the quality of services, for which Unioncamere, in collaboration with Isnart, has established the quality label “Ospitalità Italiana”.


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Technological University Dublin – Ireland

Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin), has produced generations of leaders in a range of fields from Sciences and Health, Business, Law, Social Sciences, Tourism and Hospitality, the Creative and Visual Arts to Engineering and the Built Environment. The lively City-Centre campuses, including the new research and innovation hub at Grangegorman, are home to more than 20,000 students from Ireland and abroad, creating a culturally diverse and stimulating learning and research environment. A comprehensive, dual-sector doctoral-awarding institution, TU Dublin combines the academic excellence of a traditional university with professional, career-oriented learning. Research is strongly focused on problem-solving, and on social and technological development and innovation that advances human knowledge and makes a real impact on people’s lives. 


The NTG team at TU Dublin consists of academics from the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism, Ireland’s centre of excellence in Hospitality, Tourism, Leisure and Event Management education. The School is supported by six research pillars, is active in both academic and industry research at the national and international level and is the lead for the NTG work package 6; to develop a Blueprint Sectoral Skills strategy and action plan that presents the joint industry and education perspectives of the Sector Skills Alliance. 


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Federturismo Confindustria – Italy

Federturismo Confindustria is the Italian Travel and Tourism Federation and represents the companies operating in the different areas of the tourism industry. It belongs to the Confindustria system and currently includes 21 sector associations, 9 company members (directly associated) and several local associations.


Members include all the major players in the market and in some case 100% of the companies in the business areas (hotels, villages and resorts, campings outdoors, tour operator and travel agents, thermal resorts, convention centers, sailing, marinas, beach resorts, amusement and theme parks, industrial museums, ski lift operators, entertainment and travel retail).


Main activities:

  • strict collaboration with the policy makers and legislators for the preparation of the main tourism laws and fiscal documents;
  • representing the tourism industry in preparation of one of the major national collective agreement;
  • collaborations with Institutions for structure of vocational training courses for tourism’ person in charge;
  • promotion and patronage for some Universities for masters and courses on tourism;
  • participation at the main international tourism exhibition held in Italy.


Visit the Federturismo Confindustria website