Category Archives: Erasmus+

Guest lecturers from Japan

Last week Turistica was marked by Japanese culture and the Erasmus+ exchange programme. We hosted assoc. prof. Kunio Shirahada from the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) Institute, an Erasmus+ partner of the University of Primorska. The topic of the lectures for students as well as other interested participants was trends of service innovation and knowledge and value co-creation for human well-being with a case of traditional Japanese services in tourism.

We also hosted dr. Hisashi Masuda from Kyoto University, who presented a conceptual model on collaboration between local and big businesses through tourism to our students.

Turistica values a lot our cooperation with the colleagues from Japan and the integration of knowledge with the tourism business, because Japanese old traditions of hospitality encompass many wisdoms, which we lack in today’s boutique tourism products.

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Lectures content and presentation of both lecturers:

The lectures will be held in English language.

Kunio Shirahadaassociate professor in Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST)| Received Ph.D at the University of Tokyo in 2009. His research interests include sustainability of service, neuro-marketing using Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) technology, motivation management for service employees, and innovative organization design. | PRESENTATION: The trends of service innovation. Transformative service research: Knowledge and value co-creation for human well-being. Japanese cases: traditional Japanese services in tourism

Hisashi Masuda | program-Specific Senior Lecturer (Service Excellence), Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University | His research interest is related to new business design to develop and sustain not only simple services but also complex ones. He is focusing on how do we empower such directions by using current digital technologies. | PRESENTATION: A proposed conceptual model on collaboration between local and big businesses through tourism and Japanese cases related to this topic. The importance of such kinds of co-creative business model to adapt to today’s rapidly changing economy.

Lectures schedule:

Monday, 20 November 17, 12:00 – UP FTŠ Turistica, classroom 001

Kunio Shirahada | dr. Hisashi Masuda | Urška Križman Vižintin – IstraTerra| Mateja Hrvatin Kozlovič – Hiške Slovenske Istre 

Students of the course Innovation in Tourism MTP 3 | dr. Dejan Križaj

Tuesday, 21 November 17, 12:00 – UP FTŠ Turistica, classroom 001

Kunio Shirahada – Lectures for undergraduate Turistica students

Tuesday, 21 November 17, 16:00 – UP FTŠ Turistica, classroom 001

Kunio Shirahada – Lectures for postgraduate Turistica students

Friday, 24 November 17, 12:00 – Student Campus Ljubljana, classroom 2

Kunio Shirahada | dr. Hisashi Masuda | dr. Dejan Križaj
Turistica PhD students: Iztok Bončina – Space Tourism | Darija Cvikl – Forest Tourism | Dubravka Kalin – internal destination developemnt


Guest Lecturer prof. Mihaly Vörös

In the sphere of the Erasmus+ project we are hosting prof. Mihály Vörös from our partner university Edutus College, Tatabánya (Budapest, Hungary).


Prof. Vörös will give lectures on Monday 9 October 2017 at 2 p.m. in classroom nr. 002 and on Tuesday 10 October 2017 at 12 a.m. in classroom nr. 308. The topic of the lectures is Food culture and food systems. 

Currently he is Professor Emeritus and Head of Research for the Local Food Chains and Innovation HÉLIA Working Group, a “spin-off” organization, and Scientific Student College established in Edutus College (Tatabánya, Budapest) in 2011.


Exchange programmes – a priceless opportunity for students

»Erasmus: Changing lives, opening minds« is a slogan defining the Erasmus+ programme. Moreover, it really seems that Turistica’s students accepted it, as each year they are being more and more active in this field. This year as well, almost 70 students applied for the Erasmus+ exchange programme, but in contrast to the last years, most of them applied for the student mobility for placements (practical experience).

We congratulate the students and wish them a lot of success!

This study year we will host 30 incoming students from other European countries, i. e. Spain, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary and Romania, who will present their countries and universities at the traditional International evenings of UP FTŠ Turistica.

Some facts about Erasmus exchanges at Turistica (period 2012-2015):  

  • More than 100 students participated in the Erasmus+, Ceepus, EGP/NFM and other exchange programmes;
  • Most students (60 %) decide for the study mobility;
  • Most of the exchanges are in the frame of the Erasmus+ programme (86 %); and here 70 % are mobilities for study and 30 % for placements;
  • Approx. 92 % of all mobilities are performed by undergraduate students;
  • 84 % of mobilities are carried out by female students;
  • The TOP destination for students of Turistica is Spain. It is especially interesting for practical experience (mobility for placements), and it is followed by the Czech Republic, Austria, the Netherlands and Germany;
  • The average period of the mobilities abroad is 4.5 months.

And some interesting facts about the Erasmus+ programme (Source: here, 22 February 2016): 

  • Slovenia is one of the TOP 5 countries in relation to the student outgoing mobilities;
  • In the year 2013-14 Slovenia ranked 24th in regard to the number of Erasmus exchanges, counting the incoming and outgoing mobility;
  • The typical Erasmus student is a female undergraduate student, studying in the field of social sciences, business or law. She is 23 years old and lives 6 months abroad with an average monthly grant of 274 €;
  • The TOP 3 destinations in 2013-14 are: Spain, Germany and France.



International Week of the University of Primorska 2016

The University of Primorska welcomes administrative and teaching staff from the Erasmus+ partner universities during the International Week 2016 of the University of Primorska” that will take place from 16 to 20 May 2016.

To apply please fill in the on-line application form available at: by 24 March 2016 at the latest.

More information in the attached Draft Programme.

For accomodation possibilities please see here.

We hope the excellent geostrategic position of Koper and the region, the sunny weather in May and the University offer will convince you to visit us.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the International Week of the University of Primorska 2016!


Call for Staff Exchange Programme between the UP and USA

In the frame of the Erasmus+ programme the University of Primorska (UP) has obtained funds for enabling staff exchange with partner universities from the USA.

The Erasmus+ programme is a EU programme that stimulates mobility between different educational institution, and has lately been opening doors to cooperation with non-EU countries as well. The staff exchange programme offers a wide range of possibilities to transfer knowledge and experiences among partner institutions.

The UP granted 9 incoming mobilities from the USA to the Faculty of Tourism Studies Turistica and to the Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information technologies Famnit.

The deadline for the nomination of staff for mobility is 9 February 2016.

For more information please contact our International Office.


Call for Staff Exchange Programme with the UP in the frame of the Erasmus+ Programme