The Rector of the University Nikša Burum, Prof. Ph.D., and Marija Felkel, Member of the Management Board and Chief Human Resources Officer at Hrvatski Telekom
The Rector of the University Nikša Burum, Prof. Ph.D., and Marija Felkel, Member of the Management Board and Chief Human Resources Officer at Hrvatski Telekom, have signed a Co-operation Agreement at the Rectorate of the University concerning the educational, development, and scientific and research projects intended to provide opportunities for students to gain practical experiences, as well as acquire new knowledge and competencies. Moreover, the first actual project entitled "Big Data – Tourism Crowding Management", which will enable Dubrovnik to improve its crowding management during the tourist season in co-operation with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computing and the Department of Economics and Business Economics, has been announced.
"The signing of this Agreement marks a continuation of co-operation between the University and the economic sector, and we are primarily delighted with the fact that we will be co-operating with both a national and a global company. The University is not only a venue intended for youth education, as it also needs to be an institution that keeps abreast with labour market trends", noted the Rector Burum.
Marija Felkel, Member of the Management Board at Hrvatski Telekom, stated that Hrvatski Telekom is one of the largest employers in Croatia, which, in addition to its STEM career orientation, provides its students with a broad range of expertise and opportunities for acquisition of competencies in order to increase their competitiveness upon entering the labour market. "Technology changes the methods of work and hence investment in high quality team of young experts who act as generators of change plays a central role. In addition to practical training, lectures delivered by our experts, and co-operation on scientific and research projects, the Co-operation Agreement with the University of Dubrovnik will contribute to strengthening the connections between the academic community and the business sector to the benefit of the students", pointed out Felkel during the today's signing of the Agreement.
"Big Data – Tourism Crowding Management" is the first actual project within Dubrovnik Smart City framework. "Hrvatski Telekom is the leader in provision of advanced Smart City solutions in Croatia that brings together the widest partner network. Through co-operation with the University of Dubrovnik, we have brought together all the major stakeholders in digital transformation of the city that was launched last year upon opening of the first smart street in Croatia. We have proceeded with the implementation of projects focused on budget saving proposals and those intended to increase the effectiveness of the public administration and facilitate both Dubrovnik citizen's and tourists' lives on a daily basis. The first project within the co-operation will be from the area of BIG DATA analytics, which will provide an overview of the structure of Dubrovnik tourists and enable predictions of future behaviour and programme adaptation", emphasised Saša Kramar, Member of the Management Board of Hrvatski Telekom and COO Business.
Pro-rectors at the University Ivana Pavlić, Ph.D., Associate Professor, and Nebojša Stojčić, Ph.D., Associate Professor, stressed the fact that the project entitled "Big Data – Tourism Crowding Management" marks the continuation of activity implemented by the University of Dubrovnik in co-operation with the University in Palermo, Italy, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem intended to develop the tools for effective tourism destination management.