June 4, 2019
The moments when our Alumni look back and remember us with
pride on their way to success are deeply cherished and appreciated here at RIT
Croatia. They mean a great deal. They are a solid proof of the bond that is
created for a lifetime.
One of those moments happened when our Alum Matia Simon
Červar, who graduated from the Hospitality and Tourism Management program in
2018, reached out to us just to say "hi” and to let us know where he is at now.
Matia, originally from Novigrad in Croatia, had a clear goal when deciding he wants
to study at RIT Croatia’s Dubrovnik campus. He wanted to make the best out of
what our program has to offer academically, but he especially wanted to explore
the possibilities of going to the US to gain work experience. That is why he
spent one year during his studies working at the Stowe Mountain Resort in
Vermont, USA at the internship he landed through RIT Croatia’s Career Services
After he graduated, Matia knew he wanted to go back to US, and
after screening his options he ended up at the Ritz Carlton Georgetown in Washington, DC where he currently goes through the Food & Beverage
"Ritz Carlton welcomed me with open arms as well as with the
highest professional standards. The team members are fantastic and I’ve learned
a great deal solely from attending the Orientation day, where we learned about
the philosophy of Ritz Carlton, which is famous for its supreme service approach.
I am looking forward to spending a year learning firsthand what is takes to be
a top professional in such a renowned establishment. The city is amazing and
tailored for young people; I also have a lot of benefits of being a part of the
When asked about the impact RIT Croatia had on his path to
realizing his dreams, Matia had no hesitation in answering. "The knowledge
gained at RIT Croatia and the US degree immensely contributed to me becoming a
part of Ritz Carlton. I still remember to this day how I researched the philosophy
of Ritz Carlton at classes taught by professor Milena Kužnin, and I can safely
say that the hands on approach that we’ve had at RIT Croatia had a big impact
on how I performed at the interview for this traineeship” said Matia.
We congratulate Matia on realizing his ambitions and we invite all of our Alumni around the world to share their experiences with us as we are always happy to stay in contact:)
The most important aspect of the Eta Sigma Delta honor society (ESD) are the members, who are all representatives of the five pillars that are the fundations of the society (excellence, leadership, creativity, service, ethics). This semester ESD Croatia Chapter had the privilege to accept ten new student members from the Hospitality and Tourism Management program, and one honorary member from the service industry, Mr. Dario Ševelj, Co-owner / CEO, Dubrovnik Beer Company.
Can you imagine what it feels like being 18 or 20 years old and moving to a new country, a new continent to live there? What if the culture you moved to was completely different from what you're used to? Well, Emily Arnold, a senior studying International Business in Zagreb can relate to this. Moving from Wisconsin, USA, to Croatia, she knows how big of a change this brings.
We recently had the pleasure of inviting Assistant Professor Igor Štimac, Ph.D., IAP, AvMP to hold a presentation about the “Development of the Zagreb Airport… past - present - future” for RIT Croatia students in Zagreb. With over 15 years of experience in the field of airport operations and airport middle and top management, Mr.Štimac explained to our students about the development stage of the infrastructure and the specifics of the management systems at the Franjo Tuđman Airport.
The Beer Game, invented by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, stimulated the supply chain and our operations Management class had the opportunity to play it during one of their classes. The students were divided from roles such as store owner, wholesaler, distributor and producer. Every part of the supply chain ordered goods and had them delivered to its customers.