Professional Bachelor and Master programs in Open and Distance Learning for Sustainable Tourism Development in China, Vietnam and Kyrgyzstan

Project Overview

Project Title Professional Bachelor and Master programs in Open and Distance Learning for Sustainable Tourism Development in China, Vietnam and Kyrgyzstan
Project Number 573897-EPP-1-2016-BG-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
Country Kyrgyzstan
Overall Project Value(EUR) Not Assigned
Project Start – Project End October 15, 2016–October 14, 2019
Project Status Active

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding European Union
Project Budget(EUR) N/A
Implementing Organization / Consortium

• UNINETTUNO (Italy) – Lead partner
• AIESEC Kyrgyzstan(Kyrgyzstan)
• Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis (Greece)
• Asociatia PARTENER - Grupul de Initiativa pentru Dezvoltarea Locala (Romania)
• Beijing Normal University (China)
• Bishkek Academy Of Finance And Economics (Kyrgyzstan)
• Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism of Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan)
• Académie Grenoble : GIP Formation et Insertion Professionnelle (France)
• Guangdong University Of Foreign Studies (China)
• Hue College of Economics (Vietnam)
• Vietnam National University of Agriculture (Vietnam)
• Issykkul State University Named After K.Tynystanov (Kyrgyzstan)
• Jinan University (China)
• Kyrgyz Economic University Named After Musa Ryskulbekov (Kyrgyzstan)
• Limited Liability Company " Ru Ven tour" (Kyrgyzstan)
• Ministry Of Education And Science Of The Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan)
• Sichuan Tourism University (China)
• Silk Road Tourism Association (Kyrgyzstan)
• South-West University "Neofit Rilski" (Bulgaria)
• Technological Education Institute of Central Macedonia (Greece)
• Universidade Do Algarve (Portugal)
• Universidade Portucalense Infante D.Henrique-Cooperativa De Ensino Superior (Portugal)
• Universita Ca' Foscari Venezia (Italy)
• Universita Degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi – Telematica (Italy)

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team

Borislav Yurukov (Project Manager),

Beneficiary National governments

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

There is a real emergency to include sustainable standards in tourism field due to global warming fight. In spite of a global decrease of economical activity, tourism figures keep growing. Tourism contributes to national economy diversification and its development creates new destinations.

Tourism activites represent 6% of the volume of world exports. With 1 087 millions of international tourists in 2013, the average of tourists numbers have increased of 5% since 2010 and according to World Tourism Organisation-UNWTO-there should have 1,8 billon of international tourist from now until 2030.

With such numbers, organising sustainable tourism seems to be essential. During the last World Tourism Day 2015, UNWTO emphasized the impact of the sector on economic growth, job creation and development.

Sustainable tourism is part of sustainable development. It reconciles economical activity and respect for the environment. Furthermore, for touristic areas, it makes things better in a social and environmental point of view-in comparison with mass tourism.


  • To professionalize the teaching programs of universities in the field of design and development of sustainable tourism activities in accordance with the Bologna process and using the competencies approach.
  • To create a new modular training offer as lifelong learning device, meeting the needs of professionals already employed.
Project Objectives
  • To professionalize curricula of universities in design and development of sustainable tourism activities in accordance with the Bologna process.
  • To develop partnerships for mobility of teachers and students.
  • To support the reform and modernization of higher education in the partner countries.
  • To improve the quality and relevance of higher education in the partner countries.
  • To encourage the reciprocal development of human resources.
  • To improve the networking of higher education institutions and research institutes between partner countries and of the EU Member States.
  • To modernize curricula in academic disciplines identified as priorities by the partner countries through the European System of Credit Transfer and Accumulation (ECTS), the three cycle system and the recognition of diplomas.
Education Sector HE, VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Education Policy Advice & Development, Mobility and international exchange, Standards and curriculum development, Teaching and learning technologies (arrangements), Training of teachers / trainers
Occupational Field Sociology, Psychology, Educational Science, Tourism and Catering
Target Groups Politicians/decision-makers in economics, labour, employment & education policy, Decision-makers and managers in VET and HE institutions, Developers of standards, programs, curricula etc., Learners (scholar, student, apprentice etc.), Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers, Training providers (public and private)
Related Projects


  • Creating a professional Bachelor and Master program for design and development of sustainable tourism activities (as double or joint degree).
  • Preparing program and course contents including distance learning programs and relocate some lessons in companies.
  • Training 30 teachers and 150 students.
  • Creating a modular Lifelong learning course (LLL) and experiment it with 50 employees.
  • Opening a centre of excellence as a resource center to support the new training offer, equipped with a computer platform that simulates an enterprise infrastructure.
  • Developing partnership agreements to support the mobility of teachers and students.
  • Improving student professional insertion in tourism in general and especially in sustainable tourism.
Project Results
  • Survey of touristic segment in Kyrgyzstan conducted (more than 400 responses received).
  • Two new study programs (1 Bachelor and 1 Master) on sustainable development in 3 Kyrgyz universities implemented.
  • A working visit to EU university (Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis, Greece) for rectors and top management of 3 Kyrgyz universities organised.
  • Action plan for developing education in sustainable development in Kyrgyzstan developed.

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