International College Ltd.

Project Coordinator 

International College Ltd.

Web

www.mk-edu.eu

Project Manager

 Klara Dimitrova

E-mail

 mk_dept@abv.bg

Telephone

 +359 58 655629

Project Coordinator Profile

International College Ltd. is a reputable institution for youth and adult education. It  uses innovative teaching methods and information technologies, based on established experience and traditions. It is a member in a network of over 40 profit and non-profit legal entities, including the Business and Culture Center and the Board of Founders and Donors of the International University College, headquartered in Dobrich, Bulgaria. The mission of International College is to work for the modernization of vocational and adult education in Bulgaria and to promote better understanding of the interconnections between the labor market and formal, non-formal, vocational, higher and other forms of education and learning.

International College Ltd. has expertise and experience in working on the issue of recognition of skills and the development of study paths across VET and higher education, as well as on developing and providing training in tourism and culinary arts. Its experts were engaged in the pilot project  “Short-Cycle Higher Education in the US and Europe: Addressing Social and Economic Needs”, 2008-2434/001-001CPT USPOLI,  supported by the EU-USA ATLANTIS Programme, to carry out research at national level focused on the opportunities for the introduction of short-cycle education in Bulgaria. Further, International College was engaged in the development of a pilot model for validation of competencies in tourism and services acquired through informal and non-formal learning.  Since 2010 International College has been registered with the Bulgarian Employment Agency as a provider of vocational training services and training in key competencies for unemployed and employed individuals under the Human Resources Development Operational Programme and the support schemes “I can”, “Adaptability”, “Development”, “First Job”, “Support for Entrepreneurial Bulgarians”. Further, the VET Center at International College has been approved by the Maritime Administration Executive Agency of the Republic of Bulgaria as the only education institution in the country eligible to conduct training for the acquisition of an internationally recognized certificate of professional competence “Chief (Ship) Cook”.

Culinary Arts and Hospitality Association (CAHA)

Partner Organization

Culinary Arts and Hospitality Association

Acronym

 CAHA

Web

 www.culinaryarts.bg

Project Manager

 Pavlina Aleksieva

E-mail

 akig@abv.bg

Telephone

 +359 58 655626

Partner Profile

„Culinary Arts and Hospitality” Association is a culinary and hospitality sector cluster for Northeastern Bulgaria. It started operating at the end of 2011 and is based in Dobrich, Bulgaria. Its main objective is to contribute to the development of comprehensive high value-added tourist products in its region of operation and to build a lasting and strong relationship between education and business in support of regional economic development and social cohesion.

The Cluster was initially established by ten organizations from Bulgaria – business enterprises, relevant non-governmental organizations, education and training institutions at different levels of education (higher education, secondary education and vocational education and training, including the HRC Culinary Academy, a leading culinary arts vocational school in Eastern and Central Europe and the VET centre at International College Ltd – one of the main VET providers for the hospitality sectors in the region). Since then, several new members have joined and more are in the process of applying for membership. In view of contributing to the development of the right skills and to the creation of new jobs in the hospitality and culinary sector, the Cluster promotes innovations by facilitating the knowledge-transfer links between training institutions and business entities operating in the sector or in other related sectors. It strives to play a number of social functions, too. It promotes the use of organic products and foodstuffs, supports diversification of the food services in the region, and encourages quality improvement of the services in the culinary, hospitality and tourism sectors. The “Culinary Arts and Hospitality” Cluster supports the economic development of the region through organization of staff trainings, transfer of expertise and know-how, promotion of innovations and product diversification in the fields of tourism and culinary arts, encouragement of the use of advanced technologies, social media and IT resources, promotion of rigorous quality standard, etc.

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