Successful Participation of Turistica Students at BIP in Teramo

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Nine students from Turistica, both from undergraduate and master's programs (MAG TUR 2, MAG TUR 1, MTP 3, UNI 2), participated in an Erasmus mixed intensive program in Teramo, Italy, from October 26 to 31 under the mentorship of Associate Professor Dr. Irena Weber. The program was organized by the Department of Communication Sciences at the University of Teramo, the Adriatic Research Unit (ARU), and the Uniadrion network.

The Social Space of the Sea: Development, Environment, and Culture in the Adriatic-Ionian Region program involved the participation of five universities: Teramo, Primorska, Zadar, Rijeka, and Šibenik. The majority of participants were master's and some doctoral and undergraduate students. Structurally, the program consisted of online activities (presentations and collaborative work in mixed groups), lectures, and roundtable discussions in Teramo and Pescara, guided tours in the protected Pineto area, the town of Atri, and fieldwork by students in Pescara. The content, directly or indirectly related to the field of tourism, covered various scientific areas rarely found together: sociology, anthropology, medieval studies, history, art history, architecture, and philology. The combination of approaches and diverse topics, initially appearing eclectic, proved to be an effective catalyst for thinking outside conventional boundaries.

Our students (in alphabetical order) Aliabukhov Aleksandr, Bogojević Maša, Koblar Aljaž, Kudrič Kristina, Nipič Tilen, Pahor Bor, Rakovič Luka, Simčič Anja, and Tkavc Minea were the most active among all participating students, with high-quality participation in discussions, evaluation, and fieldwork.

BIP (Blended Intensive Programs) represent a new, dynamic, and creative way of acquiring knowledge through direct involvement in the environment and the opportunity for intensive reflection on contemporary tourism challenges from a significantly diverse range of perspectives; real, not just nominal, multidisciplinarity, which has the potential to reshape the interdisciplinary nature of tourism studies, often trapped in the inertia of internal circles.