The European consortium gathered to carry out this project
is composed by six organisations from four countries
Estonian Rural Tourism Organisation’s (ERTO) is a privat non-profit organisation. ERTO´s objective is to represent the common interests of rural tourism service providers in order to support the development of countryside tourism in Estonia.
With its 300 members, represents a rural tourism cluster comprising rural tourism entrepreneurs, rural SMEs in agricultural and production sectors, active tourism providers, travel associations, schools teaching tourism and others.
CETEM is a business association and training centre located in the south east of Spain. Created due to an initiative of private companies, CETEM aims at transferring any kind of innovation to industries, specially SMEs, actively contributing towards their socioeconomic development through consultancy services, Research and Development activities, and the arrangement of training programmes according to the industry needs. CETEM is a pioneer in Spain in ecodesign applied to the furniture sector and the use of sustainable materials. The Material Department of CETEM has been involved in several R&D projects with the aim to develop new sustainable products as resins, foams and textiles. In addition, the Electronic Department is in charge of the implementation of internet of things technology in the development of new smart products. CETEM is also expert on 3D printing and Rapid Prototyping technologies, with more than 20 years of experience in this field.
EUROGITES, as European Federation of Rural Tourism with 32 members from 27 countries, covers the target group (rural accommodation and related services) across Europe with about 5-600.000 micro-enterprises. The high dissemination capacity and a wide stakeholder’s network form the rural tourism and related sector make EUROGITES the best partner for ensuring a comprehensive analysis of the competences and qualification needs among rural tourism professionals, a correct dissemination of the project, and wide implementation of the developed contents.
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology – KIT, was established by the merger of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe and the University of Karlsruhe. With more than 6.000 researches and 26.000 students KIT combines the tasks of a German university with those of a research centre of the Helmholtz Association in the areas of research, teaching, and innovation. KIT assumes responsibility for contributing to the sustainable solution of the challenges that face the society, industry, and the environment. Engineering sciences, natural sciences, the humanities, and social sciences make up the scope of subjects covered by KIT. KIT’s research covers the complete range from fundamental research to close-to-industry, applied research and from small research partnerships to long-term large-scale research projects. Its Department of Building Lifecycle Management, engaged with research and teaching of the development and application of computational methods and rapids prototyping for the realization of integrated building lifecycle management, is directly involved in this project.
DLEARN as a European Network in the Digital Learning aims to embrace the challenges brought by the digital revolution in terms of digital skills mismatch, toward an inclusive digital society.
Olustvere School of Service and Rural Economics is located in Olustvere in central Estonia. The school started operating in 1914.
The school’s main objective is to offer secondary and post-secondary vocational training, as well as continuing education and retraining for adults.
Curriculum groups: Agriculture, Tourism, catering and accommodation service, Food processing, Business services and Design and handicraft
The school has three main areas of specialization: agriculture, tourism management and accomodation service and food processing. The school unites three areas of rural life into one unified food product chain, starting with producing the raw material, continuing with processing and preparing the food and ending with service.
The school has a study farm, which was created in 1994. The school owns 507 hectares of land. In addition to that the study farm also uses about 330 hectares of rented farm land. The farm has contemporary technical equipment for applied study.
In 2010, a modern food industry and kitchen were built to teach food processing. Processing internships take place in the finest companies in Estonia, and if possible, in other countries.