Island tourism and culture was the theme of an intensive study week and cultural event organised for the European University of the Seas’ (SEA-EU) by the Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture (ITTC) at the University of Malta, and supported by UM’s Institute for Earth Systems and Heritage Malta. The course consisted of morning lectures, afternoon fieldwork and evening debriefing sessions, supported by guest lecturers from the University of Malta as well as Prof. Vinko Mustra from the Faculty of Economics, Business and Tourism at the University of Split, Croatia: a SEA-EU partner university. This course was attended by a diverse group of students who travelled to Malta from this course from the SEA-EU partner universities of Gdansk, Split, Kiel and Brest. This dynamic week included several fieldwork experiences around the island of Gozo: from the Xwejni Salt Pans to Food Sampling, from the Ggantija Temples Site to a Treasure Hunt in Xewkija, giving the opportunity to the visiting students to experience first hand what island tourism in Gozo offers. Prof. Godfrey Baldacchino, Rector’s Delegate for SEA-EU, and Dr Marie Avellino, ITTC Director, were the resident UM academics for the complete study week.
Throughout this week, all lectures and fieldwork visits aimed to create an interdisciplinary approach in addressing island tourism economies and to discuss tourism in Gozo and how this impacts island life and livelihoods, in a critical and detached manner, bringing to bear knowledge and research gleaned from other island tourism experiences.
This intensive course and cultural visit mark another successful collaboration between UM and SEA-EU universities in providing more opportunities for student and academic collaborations and exchanges. Follow the SEA-EU website notice board for all upcoming activities and opportunities.