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Turistica student wins 3rd place at the European Young Chef Award

The European Young Chef Award is a competition promoted by the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Art and Tourism (IGCAT) from Barcelona. Encouraged by assist. prof. Aleš Gačnik, who is also a member of the international IGCAT group of experts, Turistica’s student Filip Matjaž participated in this prominent European competition. Filip has been flourishing for several years as a creative young chef and as a member of the Slovenian Young Chef Team. He gained his cooking skills in their family restaurant Tomi in Portorož.

Filip Matjaž represented the Mediterranean Slovenia (Primorska region) with the dish Taste of the Slovenian Sea and won the excellent third place, and thus became a mentor for future young chefs and at the same time the IGCAT ambassador for the Primorska region. Under the guidance of prof. Aleš Gačnik, the latter is preparing to apply for the status of European Region of Gastronomy. The winner, Aisling Rock from Galway – West Ireland, European Region of Gastronomy 2018 impressed the panel with her dish: Mackerel, Pickle, Sheep Yoghurt. The silver went to the Finnish Kuopio, Region of Gastronomy 2020, with the dish Blueberry pie gone to forest prepared by Josi Polso.

The first day of the competition, the participants presented a traditional dish to the jury panel; however, the next day they upgrade it with a modern version of it. Filip’s story was inspired by the tradition of the Istrian winds, full of vegetables, which are a base for every “Brodet” (fish stew), accompanied with the delights that the Slovenian sea has to offer.

He presented the innovative Istrian Brodet on an enamel plate produced in Slovenia. He first arranged it with vegetables and a clam cake, and so presented the seabed and Istrian garden. He placed the cuttlefish on the cake as it swims just above the seabed. On the top, he added pieces of fish in a threadlike pastry with which he portrayed a fishnet full of fish. Next to it, he served a sauce of traditional Istrian Brodet in an enamel cup, which was once used as a ladle. A final touch for the innovative version of the Brodet was the scampi salt that was prepared out of scampi and salt from the Sečovlje saltpans. To prepare his dish Filip used only the best sea delights and completed it with organic vegetables, produced in the Slovenian Istriaorgana, the Vinakoper malvasia wine and extra virgin olive oil from the Morgan olive farm.

Filip’s culinary motto says that every dish should represent the region, history and people living there. The dish reflects the region’s gastronomic identity, which allows guests to feel the destination. Furthermore, this is the exact content of his dissertation, which he is preparing under the guidance of prof. Aleš Gačnik.

Photo: IGCAT archive


MOOC “Tourism Management at World Heritage Sites”

We are pleased to announce that the enrolment to the MOOC “Tourism Management at World Heritage Sites”, offered by the Universities members of the UNESCO UNITWIN network “Culture, Tourism, Development” is now open! What a great opportunity!

The MOOC introduces tourism at UNESCO World Heritage Sites by covering Communication Technologies, Economy, Management and Planning, etc. It is directed to policy makers, site managers, students and people active in the tourism industry.

The course comprises 8 modules (one each week) and all materials will be available for 1 year. After successfully completing the course, you will receive a free course completion certificate.

assoc. prof. Aleksandra Brezovec

Turistica’s associate professor Aleksandra Brezovec is among the pedagogical team that will  spread their knowledge in tourism.

The MOOC is open for everyone, especially professions involved in tourism.

More information here.

Dream, believe and achieve

At Turistica the last days of September were marked by study, mobility and interculturalism. We welcomed our international students on 28 September 2017 in Koper and later on in Portorož, at our Faculty, where we organised the “Who are my fellow students?” event. In the following days we organised various events in the frame of the “Improvement of Higher Education internationalisation” programme.

On Friday we took a more interactive approach, which called upon active cooperation between the students, and we got to know the students, their motivation and expectations better.

In the first semester Turistica will host 24 Erasmus+ students and 6 foreign students on the Tourism Enterprise Management study programme, which is being taught in English as well from this study year on.


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Visit from prof. Michael Belch

On Friday 22 September we hosted prof. Michael Belch from San Diego State University. During his visit we discussed the possibilities of future cooperation. SDSU and Turistica have been cooperationg for a long time, in the last years even in the frame of the Erasmus+ project.

Prof. Belch is a distinguished marketing professor and co-author of the best selling textbook, Advertising and Promotion: An Integrated Marketing Communications Perspective.

More information about prof. Belch: here.

From left to right: dr. Gorazd Sedmak, Vice Dean, dr. Aleksandra Brezovec, , Vice Dean, prof. Michael Belch, mag. Žana Čivre, Assistant, dr. Janez Mekinc, Dean



Erasmus+ exchange beyond EU borders

Turistica is well aware of the importance of international visitors and strives towards an active involvement in the Erasmus+ programme, and thus increases the number of visits of distinguished foreign lecturers and partners each year. May 2017 was a significant month for us. We successfully completed all planned activities in the frame of the first Erasmus+ mobility of individuals between programme and partner countries (KA107) and carried out all planned mobilities with partner countries from the United States of America.

The Erasmus+ programme enables participants and universities to gain new knowledge and exchange experience, offers a positive influence on personal and professional development and on the changes in the pedagogical process.

Between June 2015 and May 2017 Turistica carried out 12 mobilities with partner universities rom the US; 6 outgoing and 6 incoming, both for the purpose of teaching and training.

Incoming mobilities for the purpose of teaching:

Incoming mobilities for the purpose of training:

Outgoing mobilities for the purpose of teaching:

Outgoing mobilities for the purpose of training:

Turistica continues with the Erasmus+ mobility projects of individuals between programme and partner countries (KA107) in 2016 and 2017. We plan 18 new mobilities in the following countries: USA, Australia, Japan, China, Argenitina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia.

Visit from the US students

On Monday, 23 May 2016 professors and students from the Ball State University (Indianapolis, USA) visited us in the sphere of their traditional annual study excursion in Europe. We prepared them a presentation of our university and faculty and organised a meeting with our students. They also visited Piran and the mayor Peter Bossman, as Piran and Indianapolis are “sister” cities. Turistica and Ball State University are long time partners, and last year we also received funds in the sphere of the Erasmus+ project for the purpose of staff exchange.

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Bossman obisk Ball State
Photo: Slavica Tucakov

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.



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

Workshop “Researching tourism passionately and validly”

MIRT – The Mediterranean Institute for Research in Tourism
Faculty of Tourism Studies TURISTICA
invites you to the traditional research workshop carried out in the sphere of the doctoral programme Innovative Tourism by the host lecturer and internationally distinguished researcher
Prof. Sara Dolničar (Queensland, Australia).
The Workshop
“Researching tourism passionately and validly”
will take place at UP FTŠ Turistica, classroom n. 201, on:
– Monday, 4 January 2016 at 10.00
– Tuesday, January 2016 at 12.00
The workshop is intended for students studying on 2nd and 3rd level study programmes, who are beginning to write their Masters or Doctoral thesis as well as all other postgraduate students, who are willing to engage and motivate themselves for research work.


Note: The workshop will be carried out in English, the discussion and question will be possible in Slovenian language as well.
Prof. Anton Gosar,
Dean of UP FTŠ Turistica

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Host Lecturer Leena Kuosmanen from Finland

We kindly invite you to the lecture  LEARNING BY DEVELOPING, on Wednesday, 4 November 2015, at 13.00 in classroom 201.

The lecture will be held by the guest lecturer Leena Kuosmanen from Finland (Laurea University).

The lecture will present the basic philosophy of this concept and examples of this teaching method and student guidance, including students with special needs. Examples of good practice will also be presented, followed by an open discussion.

The lecture is recommended for students and teachers.

More information about Laurea University: