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Diploma awarding ceremony to students of the joint master’s programme EMTM, Girona 2018

13.09.2018Comments are closed.

On Saturday, September 8, 2018, Girona, Spain, hosted the 10th ceremony of the joint master’s degree programme in Tourism Management (EMTM – European Master in Tourism Management).  The EMTM joint master’s programme is run by three universities: the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana and the University of Girona (University of Girona). The ceremony was attended by the heads of academic and administrative programme of the Faculty of Economics prof. Tanja Mihalič and Martina Sagir.

The joint master’s programme (European Master in Tourism Management – EMTM) was selected by the European Commission as a “success story“. Success stories are projects that stand out with their influence, contribute to policy making, innovative results, creative approaches and inspire others. On the Eduniversal ranking scale, the EMTM programme is ranked among the top ten best tourist programmes in the world. The programme is for the period 2015-19 also marked the Erasmus Mundus programme, which indicates the quality and means scholarships for the best students.

Approximately 600 candidates are registered annually. Of all applicants, 33 students who come from 25 European countries and countries outside the European Union have been accepted to the programme. Given the extremely strict criteria of enrolment and selection, only the best students are enrolled in the EMTM programme. In ten years, 277 students were enrolled, while 159 students successfully completed the master’s degree (the last and penultimate generation have not yet completed the study).

A special feature of the programme is its absolute international or global component and responsibility. It is shown in the way that students come from all continents of the world, creating a distinctively intercultural environment in which students learn from one another. It also indicates that studies are conducted in three different European countries in three different environments, thus enabling the building of international competencies. The study programme is linked to global institutions and business cases from around the world and is oriented towards the values of sustainable development and global accountability. In the last semester, students can write their master’s theses at one of the fourteen partner universities in Africa, Europe, or America and Asia. EMTM graduates are therefore bound not only to the professionalism of tourism professions but also to the values of global citizenship. The global citizenship of EMTM imposes an obligation for a responsible and sustainable future to the graduates. In her address, prof. Tanja Mihalič stressed the responsibility of EMTM graduates. “… and you have become global citizens with all the responsibilities and commitments to help shape a better world for you, for us, for your and our children, for everyone. And that’s why at the awarding ceremony today I am telling you: you are no longer our students, accept responsibility and do the work for which you were educated. Do not forget your fellow students and all three universities, stay connected, contribute to the education of future generations of EMTM students and live happy professional, personal lives and the lives of global citizens. Thank you for being students of the Faculty of Economics and thank you for being my students.”

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