Innovation and Capacity Building in Higher Education for Cultural Management, Hospitality and Sustainable Tourism in European Cultural Routes

6 Participating countries:
Start: 01-09-2015 - End: 28-02-2018
Project Reference: 2015-1-ES01-KA203-016142
EC Grant: 189135 EUR

Programme: Erasmus+
Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for higher education

Summary

CULTOUR+ is a Strategic Partnership of universities, local governments, SMEs and NGOs, that following the mainlines of the Higher Education Modernisation Agenda, will offer high quality and innovative tools and courses based in innovation, international mobility and cross-border cooperation to enhance capacity building in higher education curricula in the fields of cultural tourism and hospitality, cultural management and shared cultural heritage. Based on the results of the study “Impact of European Cultural Routes on SMEs’ innovation and competitiveness", CULTOUR+ aims to promote entrepreneurship in Higher Education, making Entrepreneurship Education a basic feature in related curricula, disseminating best practices and fostering projects for creating employment opportunities for graduates in knowledge-intensive jobs in the cultural management and tourism and hospitality sectors. As well as SME generation, networking, co-working and clustering, CULTOUR+ will promote intercultural dialogue and other transversal skills, specially, creativity, entrepreneurship, cooperation and global awareness.

CULTOUR+ will be centered, in a first phase, in two of the European Cultural Routes most important thematics for participant countries and regions: pilgrimage and religious tourism management and thermal historic towns and sites.

Based on the European Cultural Route “The Santiago de Compostela Pilgrim Routes”, as a transnational model of inspiration,imitation and transformation, CULTOUR+ will connect expertise in cultural heritage and tourism management to a selected number of significant religious routes and centers´ case studies from the participant countries.
CULTOUR+ will establish links with different levels of authority – local, national and European – financial and governmental institutions, tourist organisations, and other bodies that would encourage future development of the routes and sites. It will also provide insights on and contribute to SMEs’ performance, innovation capacity, and network and cluster development in the partner countries cultural religious routes and sites. Chaves and Sao Pedro do Sul in Portugal will be the inspiring models of thermal tourism management, another strategic area for most of the participant partners regions and organizations.

The project will center in coaching a small number of selected business plans and projects (two for each participant country), taking the twelve projects as real life examples and models through the training program, aiming to take them as far as possible in their first starting-up phase. This way, expertise and learning will be highly concentrated in a reduced number of projects selected by their innovation and originality, but moreover, by their sustainability and employment creation capacity. As models of entrepreneurial integration of the triangle knowledge, spin-offs will be encouraged by the Strategic Partnership.

As a project being part of a new generation of European collaborative partnerships, it is regarded an obligation to not only offer innovation in the subject fields addressed, but also in an important activity such as dissemination of results. Especially because such innovation brings the project in flow with 21st century reality in Europe and with emerging work forms and collaborative practice.

Results

Results for this project are not yet available. They might become available after the project's end date.

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD DE EXTREMADURA

AVENIDA DE ELVAS SN, 06006
BADAJOZ
Extremadura
ES

Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
Martín Gómez-Ullate
mgu@unex.es

Partners

VARNA FREE UNIVERSITY
Varna
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
vfu-projects@vfu.bg
Câmara Municipal de S. Pedro do Sul
S. Pedro do Sul
Centro (PT)
Organisation type: Regional Public body
Radomska Szkola Wyzsza
Radom
Mazowieckie
rsw.edu.pl
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
Katarzyna
Kruszyńska
kkrusz1@wp.pl
UNIVERSIDADE DE TRAS-OS-MONTES E ALTO DOURO
VILA REAL
Organisation type: Higher education institution (tertiary level)
Time Heritage - Afroditi Kamara & Co
Athens
Aττική (Attiki)
Organisation type: Small and medium sized enterprise
Aphrodite
Kamara
aphroditekamara08@gmail.com
FUNDACJA INSTYTUT BADAN I INNOWACJI W EDUKACJI
CZESTOCHOWA
Śląskie
Organisation type: Foundation
European Grants International Academy S.R.L.
Foligno
Umbria
Organisation type: Small and medium sized enterprise
Altheo
Valentini
altheovalentini@egina.eu
FUTURO DIGITALE
TERRANOVA DA SIBARI
Calabria
Organisation type: Non-governmental organisation/association/social enterprise
Vincenzo
Apa
vincenzoapa@libero.it

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