The strategic element in the functioning of WSTiE is the internationalization of its actions, which includes all-round cooperation with leading research centers, government agencies and associations in Europe and around the world. This activity improves the quality of the educational process, is used for the exchange of experience in conducting research and teaching and also helps promote the region and Poland in the international arena.
Owing to the cooperation between the authorities of the University College of Tourism and Ecology and academic staff from various European institutions, our students have the opportunity to benefit from apprenticeships and internships in the European Parliament. Improvement of language skills, learning the rules of the functioning of the Europarliament and gaining hands-on experience will undoubtably facilitate students’ further career and are complimentary to their learning process.
Cooperation in terms of organizing monographic lectures, exhibitions and special events which would dissiminate the knowledge about most famous tourist attractions of the United States.
Representatives of Rocky Mountains National Park declared the long-term cooperation with the University College of Tourism and Ecology. Vaughn Baker – Director of the Rocky Mountains National Park made invitation and a promiss to provide professional internships in the Rocky Mountains National Park for WSTiE students.
Scientific and cultural cooperation in terms of promoting Chinese language and culture, as well as spreading the knowledge about the Middle Kingdom; international, educational and cultural exchange projects; monographic lectures.
WSTiE has been selected by the Embassy of Kazakhstan as a place where the exhibition promoting world cultural heritage, science and technology achievements EXPO 2017 will be presented. The country’s capital Astana will host the event.
Since 2006, WSTiE has been cooperating with the European University of Rural Development and is the only representative of this organization in the country. Widely known in the EU, APURE University brings together the 15 countries of the Community and Canada and spreads the principles of sustainable development of rural areas in Europe. It is a modern international non-governmental organization that enables the exchange of knowledge and experience, takes care of preserving the cultural diversity of our continent, improves access to employment, promotes economic activity of the citizens and promotes work of institutions supporting social integration in rural areas. APURE also works with the European Commission in terms of recommending actions to be implemented in rural areas of Europe, and – as an international association – has many achievements, among others: organizing outgoing sessions of the European University in Member States, supporting international projects and the creation of a network of institutions working for rural development, as well as promoting important ideas outside the European continent. APURE also participates in most important EU seminars and programs.
The most important international meetings under the auspices of APURE, with the participation of WSTiE:
WSTiE and the Association of Agrarian and Rural Youth Circles of Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County actively cooperate in terms of acting in favor of rural development, not only in the native countries – Poland and Hungary – but also in the whole Europe. AGRARIA conducts training activities and – due to organizing national and international exchanges – shares good practices among young residents of rural areas. University College of Tourism and Ecology, in cooperation with this Hungarian non-governmental organization, effectively brought into force numerous joint projects, realized within the framework of European Union programs.
Rurality-Environment-Development, together with the University College of Tourism and Ecology, conduct joint activities aimed at raising awareness and boost rural development. Due to a network of members and partners from across Europe, R.E.D is a dynamically developing association. It deals with creating the European network for rural development and promotes joint approach towards development of specific areas: economic, social, cultural and environmental.
University College of Tourism and Ecology in Sucha Beskidzka cooperates with the Polish Diaspora House in France. Students travel abroad and participate in Days of Polish Diaspora in France. This opportunity allows them to stay closer to French culture, to meet their compatriots, as well as to test one’s ability to organize various projects.
WSTiE hosted a delegation of the Ministry of Tourism of Georgia, represented by Mariam Kvrivishili, the Deputy Minister and Koba Arabuli, an expert for the government. The aim of the visit was to develop tools of joint cooperation in the field of training professionals for tourism, to exchange good practices and transfer of know-how, both based on years of experience and reputation of our university as a leader among private touristic universities in Poland.
University College of Tourism and Ecology, in partnership with the Foundation for Economic Education from Warsaw, participated in the project ,,REGNET 2010 Regional Development Network – multiplicating Polish experience in terms of the development of regions of Georgia”. The project was co-financed within the framework of Polish foreign aid program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2010 and implemented in close cooperation with the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure. Activities stemming from the project helped to implement the official governmental Regional Development Strategy for Georgia in 2010. The success of a REGNET network, which became known as an association of competent specialists and activists operating in the field of local and regional development, created the foundation for initiation of new effective projects which continue to improve local, social and economic situation throughout the country. The essence of the next stage of development of the REGNET network was launching “Small Grants Program – PMG”. Its purpose was to mobilize local communities, as well as small and larger organizations operating locally or regionally and to convince them to work together with local administration.
WSTiE lecturers led interactive workshops for 120 members of the REGNET network in Tbilisi and courses for 240 trainers at all levels and with 8 different themes. Professionals trained during those programs are multipliers of good practices and provide substantive and organizational support to local communities, organizations and institutions which implement small development projects for the forthcoming Small Grants Program.
WSTiE cooperates with the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Cuba in terms of developing Polish-Cuban project, scientific seminars and lectures given both by workers of The Ministry of Tourism and WSTiE. The scientific program aiming at promoting tourism is implemented in cooperation with subordinate agencies of the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Cuba.
University College of Tourism and Ecology, by the resolution of the Chamber, has joined the circle of its members. Objectives of the organization include supporting the development of economic and trade relations between the Polish Republic and Ukraine. Chamber puts strong emphasis on the promotion of enterprises and entrepreneurs, as well as on protection of economic interests of members of the Chamber. Another important element of its activity is contributing to the development of tourism, as well as raising the level of services provided for tourists.