April 20, 2020
On Friday, April 17, HTM students from prof. Besim Agušaj’s
class had a joint class with their colleagues from the Rochester campus, taught
by prof. Muhammet Kesgin. Total of 63 students and faculty were connected to
jointly take part in a guest lecture delivered by Mr. Scott Loretan (’84 RIT
Alum Hotel/Resort Management and Penn State '92 MBA Alum) who is a Vice
President for Global Initiative Deployment for Sodexo. Mr. Loretan talked about
his career in hospitality and he also touched upon „Sharing economy" business
Connectivity between the campuses and knowledge sharing is even more important in times like this, when students are deprived of in class experience and the opportunity to network in person. When asked what he thinks of joint online guest lecture, our HTM student Toni Belin said the following: "This session was exceptional. I enjoyed it since I felt being a part of a large global community. RIT family is an environment where ideas are shared and valued, this class was exactly that. The format of this class was comfortable yet very engaging. We were able to ask questions, voice our concerns and offer our ideas. For me this approach was a highly valuable experience. Having Mr. Scott Loretan as our guest speaker gave me an insight on how global hospitality industry operates – both in "normal” but also in extraordinary times. Mr. Loretan talked about supply chain management challenges that they have at the moment and solutions that they are employing. The message sent to us was clear: the tourism industry will learn its lessons and emerge wiser and stronger than before".
"One of the strong points in being a RIT global campus is the ability to pool the resources available. This initiative was generated in order to connect two classes (Rochester and Dubrovnik) and bring our students together: in real time, on several continents, from many countries (Croatia, France, Bolivia, UK, Albania, USA, Montenegro etc.). Virtual class enabled us to talk about relevant global business developments and exchange ideas from different perspectives. Specifically, Mr. Loretan (Vice President for Business Development) and RIT students/professors were able to discuss new trends in Hospitality and explore ways how should Hotel sector move on once COVID-19 crisis ends”, prof. Besim Agušaj concluded.
Senior capstone project is the crown of education at RIT Croatia for graduating students of the Hospitality and Tourism Management program. Senior year students choose topics based on their own interests, which gives them the opportunity to tackle anything they find interesting and worth exploring. Creating a successful senior capstone project is a complex process which requires a lot of maturing along the way, a lot of problem solving, researching and, above all, a good and firm connection with the faculty member mentoring the whole process.
Eta Sigma Delta (ESD), an honorary society for students of the Hospitality and Tourism Management program at RIT Croatia's Dubrovnik campus, held its induction ceremony to welcome 10 new members on Thursday, April 29 at the Hotel Hilton Imperial.
After an exciting weekend in Dubrovnik, filled with interactive workshops and final presentations done by all finalists, we are happy to announce the winners of the Hospitality Star Search Contest 2022!
As part of RIT Croatia’s celebration of its 25th anniversary, the college organized a creativity competition for its students. Students were invited to produce a video, an image, or a text on the topic of celebrating 25 years of RIT Croatia.