On September 13, 2018, a Cooperation Agreement was signed between the Brijuni National Park Public Institution and the Faculty of Interdisciplinary, Italian and Cultural Studies (FITIKS). This cooperation between two important entities in the Istrian County is an opportunity for many. Primarily for students of Culture and Tourism and the new two-subject study Culture and Tourism and Italian Language and Culture to do their mandatory professional practice in the National Park. In addition to professional practice, ie to create practical tasks in cooperation with mentors from the National Park and subject teachers, this is an opportunity to cooperate on the activities of EU projects such as the project “New clothes of Brijuni“Which aims to improve the management of the Brijuni National Park on the principles of sustainable use of natural heritage with the aim of socio-economic development of the local environment. “Tthe name of the student acquires new knowledge, and there is no lack of a direct opportunity to show their creativity and innovation in the community. Connecting a higher education institution and a national park marks a new step forward in promoting socially responsible business in the community. Today, probably more than ever before, fostering cooperation between science and the economy is a condition for ensuring flexibility, a high quality education system and competitiveness.”, Said Assoc. Prof. dr. sc. Tea Golja, Dean of the Faculty. “The management of protected natural and cultural heritage is challenging and conditioned by the continuous search for valuable management instruments that will adequately reconcile economic, socio-cultural and environmental standards.”, Explained Dr. sc. Marno Milotić, director of the Public Institution Brijuni National Park. On the other hand, we must not forget the development of a hotel product in the field of protected heritage that requires different business models, which was pointed out by the head of the hotel service JU NP Brijuni Natasa Stojkovski and expressed satisfaction that students will have the opportunity to suggest some solutions to improve existing products within the given possibilities and numerous challenges in the immediate environment. Students will deal with the management of natural and cultural heritage and the development of models for the improvement of the hotel product and will design new tourist experiences. “By solving practical tasks we will get the opportunity to connect theory and practice, meet the business challenges specific to such spaces and actively participate in work processes, which will allow us to quickly and easily adapt to the workplace after graduation, which I consider extremely important”, Said the representative of the students of the Faculty, Klara Tuličić. Collaboration with a small family camp PolidorCamp PolidorFrom now on, students of Culture and Tourism will have the opportunity to do professional practice in the Polidor camp and thus, in addition to the necessary theoretical knowledge and competencies they gain by actively participating in classes in accordance with the curricula, they will acquire practical skills and knowledge they need and easier. will prepare for what awaits them in the workplace in the future.”The education system needs to be linked to the economy and education programs need to be flexible and tailored to the needs of the labor market. Therefore, our Faculty encourages this type of cooperation, encourages activities such as fieldwork, practicum and professional practice because in this way the representatives of the real sector, ie all employers are directly involved in formulating learning outcomes, and students gain the necessary practical experience. Through our studies, we want to combine theory and practice and thus respond to the needs of the labor market. ” pointed out Dean Goliath. Cooperation with bodies Istria CountyStudents of the Faculty do professional practice and practical classes in the bodies of the Istrian County, cooperate on projects in implementation, such as the project EcoDomus, Istra Inspirit, Istra Bike & Bed and other projects in which the Istrian County is a partner or holder, and their topics are related to culture and / or tourism. “Encouraging the development of sustainable tourism is a priority of our region and we will try to get involved in all projects and encourage all valuable initiatives that will contribute to the sustainability of Istria, but we build such development systematically and gradually, through education, cooperation of stakeholders, networking. long term.”Emphasized the head Prodan Mraković”Responsible business today is a necessity and a priority. It’s the human face of business! Corporate social responsibility means creating added value for shareholders and owners, but through innovative strategies and with the creation of a positive social impact while respecting high standards of environmental and spatial protection. This is especially important in tourism where we must emphasize the importance of space and climate, resources without which it is impossible to build a quality tourist experience, and above all in the tourist experience should implement local features, tradition, culture, customs, language or in one word – your own identity. Responsible tourists always and everywhere feel the difference of experience.” concluded Assoc. Prof. dr. sc. Tea Golja. Also, the cooperation with the city of Poreč should be emphasized, where students will get to know the work of city institutions such as the library and the Public Open University, as well as the Tourist Board. One is theory and the other is market, and it is precisely the best way of education that is to combine theory with quality practice.