The Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management in Opatija is Croatia's only university institution fully oriented towards educating managerial positions in tourism and towards scientific human resource development in this field. Therefore the mission of the Faculty and its staff is to contribute, through teaching and research, to the realization of a new development mnodel of Croatian tourism.
The history of the Faculty began in 1960 with the founding of a two-year Catering College, which became the Department of Catering and Tourism (a specialized four-year university programme) at the Faculty of Economics in Rijeka in 1969. In 1974 the Department of Catering and Tourism developed into the Faculty of Hotel Management, Opatija, a modern university institution for the training of hotel and tourism industry workers, which offered different levels of university programmes - undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and doctoral. As an attempt to harmonize the Faculty's activities with its name, in 2008 the Faculty registered under its new name - Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management.
Today, the Faculty performs numerous technical and scientific projects in Croatia and abroad and it also organizes scientific and professional conferences and round tables. Among the most significant ones is the Faculty's traditional Hotel House, a biannual scientific-professional conference which has been organized since 1972 and which is today known under its new name: Tourism and Hospitality Industry: New Trends in Tourism and Hotel Management. The Faculty acts as publisher for numerous titles which are considered to be valuable literature in the field of tourism and hospitality. The journal Tourism and Hospitality Management, holds a crucial place among the Faculty's publishings.
The Faculty includes 7 institutes and 20 departments, and performs the following study programmes:
The quality of the content and the length of the study programmes have been fully harmonized with the Bologna declaration as well as with other well-known programmes of this kind in Europe. Furthermore, the programmes have been developed to meed the demands of the modern labour market. In the academic year 200472005 the Faculty introduced the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), which facilitates the comprehension and comparison of study programmes and which has been applied to all types of study programmes taught at the Faculty. In the same year the Faculty introduced and developed the internationally recognizable First Class Honours Degree, a system for measuring learning outcomes.
Furthermore, one of the features available to FTHM students is the e-learning option called distance learning. All FTHM students also have access to an electronic grades record, which is a modern means assessment and of measuring learning outcomes used by renowned and internationally acclaimed universities.
At FTHM, the ECTS system for measuring and assessing learning outcomes and student competences is discernible in the following activities:
By introducing the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) the Faculty has fulfilled the necessary conditions to initiate a student and teacher mobility and a lifelong education programme.