The School of Hospitality and Tourism at the Lapland University of Applied Sciences is part of the Multidimensional Tourism Institute (MTI), which also includes Tourism Research at the University of Lapland and the Lapland Tourism College.
The common core studies and cross-level studies offered by MTI and the RDI co-operation have gradually been established as part of its operation.
Virtual and international
Like the other schools, the operations of MTI were also guided by the targets set in the result agreement.
The discontinuation of studies decreased from the previous years, and the ECTS credits from virtual studies increased. The completed degree target, on the other hand, was not quite achieved, and there is still room for improvement in the passing of studies.
International exchange and practical training are more attractive than ever, and we built functional exchange co-operation, especially in Southern Germany. The developed of practical training for studies is supported by the three-year Erasmus+-financed project, whose participants include all the MTI operators and partners in Germany and the Netherlands.
Top expertise in vital safety competence
RDI activities faced the challenges of the changing programming period; efforts were made to balance the effects by spacing out the implementation times of projects. The projects are important because they enable expert exchanges and the production of articles and publications.
We achieved the targets set for us for both indicators.
The operating year was strongly characterised by the strategic work of Lapland UAS. The School of Hospitality and Tourism is responsible for running the safety competence area of emphasis. The specification of the school’s targets and contents is coordinated by the multidisciplinary workgroup.
On an international level, the safety competence was enhanced by the COMBAT project, which investigates human trafficking and preventing it. On the national level, a new collaboration opportunity opened up when MTI got to participate in the Finnish Meteorological Institute’s MERMAID research project, which produces information for the government regarding the outlooks and opportunities of Arctic shipping and tourism.
After many years, a positive result was achieved in service business.
Working life co-operation in its various forms was extremely strong, and it is being developed further. Partners Pilke, Lapland Safaris and SantaPark received dedicated premises at MTI. The new form of co-operation is aimed at increasing familiarity with our partners on campus and also making the classrooms and conference rooms more attractive.
Our staff representatives function as experts in several regional, national and international experts in the field. MTI experts participated in the process of updating the Lapland Tourism Strategy, in the tourism committee of the Lapland Chamber of Commerce and the board of the Association of Lapland Tourism Industry (Lapin matkailuelinkeinon liitto).
Basic operations on good level even during years of change
The personnel found the operating year challenging. Many internal operating processes were reformed, and their development is still under way. In the development of the school, the development of internal operations and a uniform operating practice were highlighted.
In late 2014, the school implemented an internal audit of the organisation. The audit team gave very positive feedback on the operations of the School of Hospitality and Tourism, although some improvement targets are emerged.
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