VCHT Maribor is a 2-year vocational college, offering associate degree education at tertiary level. We offer 2 study programmes: (1) Hospitality and Tourism, and (2) Wellness. VCHT is a public vocational college, located in the 2nd largest town in Slovenia (Maribor, population 100,000). VCHT offers full-time and part-time study programmes and currently has about 300 active students with 20 full-time staff and 30 external teaching associates. We are also very active in the field of informal education and training through our B2B center called MIC (organising activities, events, training programmes and workshops for the industry). Majority of students are age-group 19+. VCHT collaborates internationally via different activities ranging from mobility (we received multiple recognitions from national agency for mobility for excellence), international events, competitions, conferences, excursions and projects. CHT is an open, modern and European-oriented school, striving towards international recognitions/awards, associations (AEHT, EUHRODIP, GEORGE BAPTISTE), and is well known internationally. We strive towards innovative and high quality teaching standards and are proud on our students high employment rate, visible positions of the students in the tourisma nd wellness industry and active Alumni club.
VCHT has 250 students, 20 full-time staff and 30 external teachers. Close relationships and cooperation with the tourism industry (local and global) are their core values. VCHT has an organisational unit called MIC. The B2B Centre MIC – Academy of Culinary Arts and Tourism is a separate organisational unit of VCHT (VCHT was one of the first educational institutions in Slovenia that branched out its reach as an industry partner) that connects and stimulates tourism, catering and wellness companies with educational activities. Through the B2B centre, VCHT actively cooperates and engage with the wellness and tourism industries. Businesses transfer their practical knowledge and competencies to VCHT to inform their educational processes, while VCHT transferring innovative academic knowledge, and new best practice skills and competences to the companies. Blended learning is a key delivery tool in this process which has been seen to greatly enhance competencies in catering, tourism and wellness locally. In 2010, VCHT established an International Institute for Wellness Development. Its main purpose is to develop scientific research and explore the economic activity that wellness provides. The Institute and VCHT are particularly interested in the potential of wellness with regard to Slovenian tourist development which makes them an ideal leader of FORESTWELL project.
The VCHT Wellness Institute cooperates with similar international organisations for wellness activity development and has a long-term partnership with the European Wellness Institute EWI from Germany. Working with their international partners, the Wellness Institute keeps up to date on current trends in the wellness industry and encourages the implementation of industry-specific knowledge and the development of new related competencies. The Institute organises regular panel discussions for professional debates, supports and develops research and presents these at scientific and professional conferences. VCHT through their Wellness Institute and B2B Centre promotes, enhances and strengthens the knowledge, skills and competencies of current and future tourism and wellbeing employees by providing in service training in: healthy and wellbeing, wellness tourism and customer service development.