As a leader in Croatian tourism, Valamar is the first to launch the V-Executive business education, with which it will develop the best talents from the company into future leaders with leading educational institutions and academic experts. Namely, Valamar, the largest tourist company in Croatia, and five higher education institutions in Croatia signed an Agreement on Cooperation in the Improvement and Development of Educational Programs. The V-Executive program will feature more than 25 lecturers from key academic institutions, Valamar managers and leading experts from many fields. The two-year V-Executive business education will offer participants a complete set of knowledge and skills needed to develop a successful career in tourism and hospitality, and as they point out from Valamar is based on modern academic knowledge and practical experience of lecturers and enables professional and personal development. Cover photo: Valamar, Illustration: HrTurizam.hr Vatroslav Škare, associate professor at the Faculty of Economics, University of Zagreb and director of the V-Executive program added: “Tourism is one of the most important industries in Croatia, but the changes that are daily in this industry represent a great challenge for managers in tourism. The special feature of the V-Executive program, as a combination of academic knowledge and business practice, is the answer to this challenge, and that is top knowledge. Through this program, managers will gain specific knowledge from specific areas and respond to all future challenges”. Željko Kukurin. Photo: Davor Puklavec / PIXSELL The V-Executive program is part of the umbrella educational platform Valamar Excellence, a program of lifelong learning and acquisition of knowledge through education and training for business in tourism and hospitality, which offers all Valamar employees a constant opportunity for personal and professional development. V-Executive contains 27 modules divided into eight main thematic directions, and each direction deals with specific topics related to business in tourism. The number of participants at the module level is limited to a maximum of 40. “Caring for employees is a key strategy for managing guest satisfaction. The knowledge and skills of employees are the key competence of service excellence. With these beliefs, Valamar has developed a V-Excellence education and training program that will be implemented in cooperation with the best experts and institutions in Croatia. We are especially proud of the development of the V-Executive training program, where we will provide our talents with management training modeled on numerous executive programs of business schools around the world, using the best academic and business practice in Croatia.” said Zeljko Kukurin, CEO of Valamar Riviere. Depending on their own preferences and work experience, participants will be able to choose the entire program or individual thematic areas and modules related specifically to their job position or desired area of training. The program starts in January 2020. The contract was signed by Željko Kukurin, President of the Management Board of Valamar Riviera, Jurica Pavičić, Dean of the Faculty of Economics, University of Zagreb, Robert Zenzerović, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Tourism Dr. Mijo Mirković in Pula, Dora Smolčić Jurdana, Dean of the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management Opatija and Maja Fredotović, Dean of the Faculty of Economics in Split. The University of Dubrovnik will also join the cooperation on educational projects.
The 19-year-old was made to train on his own after turning up to pre-season out of shape and he was then hit by hamstring and ankle problems. The left-back has started just 12 Premier League games so far, but Irwin is sure the club will start seeing a return on their £28million investment once his injury troubles are over. “I have no doubt he will be a great player for us in years to come,” Irwin told Press Association Sport. “Until he gets a run of games I don’t think you are going to see the quality Luke Shaw can bring to a side. “When he gets that under his belt you will see the best of him. “Hopefully he will stay injury-free for us for the rest of year and get a run of games.” United beat strong competition from Shaw’s boyhood club Chelsea to sign the defender from Southampton last summer. Irwin believes it is unreasonable to expect too much too soon from a player who only made his Premier League debut in November 2012, regardless of how much United paid for him. Denis Irwin remains convinced Luke Shaw will be a big star at Manchester United. Irwin, one of the most decorated defenders in United’s history, tipped Shaw to star for United shortly after he signed for the club, but the teenager has had a mixed maiden campaign so far. Shaw has impressed on a few occasions, but injury has prevented him from fulfilling his potential. Press Association “He has had a big couple of years,” said Irwin, who played 529 times for the club. “He had a couple of years at Southampton, he had a big-money move here and he was involved in a World Cup at just 18-years-old so the spotlight has been on him through no fault of his own. “When you are 19 you will make mistakes and you will learn from them. “I have no doubt he will be getting plenty of advice from the coaches and the manager.” Shaw, who has been suffering from another hamstring injury recently, sat out United’s 3-0 win over Spurs on Sunday. The win tightened United’s grip on fourth place and they now sit just two points behind second-placed Manchester City. Irwin was impressed by the performance against Spurs and he now hopes the team will produce similar performances against their top-four rivals in the coming weeks to secure the Champions League football which they have missed so dearly this term. “It was a big loss for us when we didn’t qualify for the Champions League. It’s been a strange year,” said Irwin, who was part of the team that won the trophy in the most dramatic fashion in 1999. “We have missed Champions League football, I have missed big teams coming here. “There are some big matches coming up in the round of 16. We are not involved and it’s not nice watching. “City go to Barcelona this week and we watch that and wish we were part of it because it’s the best club competition in the world.” :: Denis Irwin was speaking at the launch of bwin Manchester United Casino – the world’s first club-based real money casino app which is available now on Android from bwin.com/manutdcasino and will be available soon on iOS through the App Store.