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i. Sustainable Tourism Line (LST)

International leadership in research in sustainable tourism and the environment is particularly consolidated in: the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA), a joint UIB-CSIC institute, in the Higher Institute of Tourism Studies(INSETUR) of the UdG, in the Economic Research Centre (CRE) of the UIB, in the various UIB research groups recognised as competitive in the Balearic Government’s respective calls and the Autonomous Government of Catalonia and in the participating companies.

Similarly, it also includes a special scientific and technological facility in the ParcBit (Palma): the Coastal Observation System of the Balearic Islands (SOCIB) and with the Tourism Research, Development and Innovation Centre Foundation (CIDTUR), which are also part of the proposed group. To these we should add the Spanish Oceanographic Institute (IEO), which is also a member of the group.

Its research is also reflected in innovation and effective transfer in this field. A clear example of this is the national pilot project in Palma Beach to regenerate mature tourism areas.

Moreover, the teaching we offer in this line comes in the form of a set of official postgraduate courses that are unique and completely adapted to the EHEA. This places the e-MTA Campus in an outstanding starting position to become an international reference in sustainable tourism and the environment:

  1. The European Master’s in Tourism Management, coordinated by the UdG, in which a further two foreign universities are taking part and which has also been selected by the European Union to be an Erasmus Mundus Master’s as part of the second Erasmus Mundus programme.
  2. The Master’s in Tourism Management and Planning (UIB, UdG)
  3. The Master’s in Cultural Tourism (UdG)
  4. The Master’s in Tourism and Environmental Economics and the PhD programme with the same name (which has obtained a Quality Award from the Ministry of Education)
  5. The PhD in Tourism, Law and Business (UdG, with a quality award)

The setting up of an International PhD School within the framework of the PRES-PM, together with the CSIC, will strengthen this position.

In addition, the Hotel & Catering School on the UIB’s Campus stands out for being the national centre of reference for Professional Training in Tourism and the UdG has recently created the Faculty of Tourism where the degree in Tourism is offered. Furthermore, the UdG, as leader in university tourism courses, has up to 5 schools assigned to it that also offer the Degree in Tourism. This is just an idea of its strength within this scope.

Key resources

  1. The scientific excellence and ability to attract international talent of IMEDEA. The IMEDEA has two Alejandro Malaspina national research prize winners: Prof. Carlos Duarte, who was also recently awarded the Rey Jaume I Environmental Protection prize and Prof. Joaquín Tintoré (current director of the SOCIB).
  2. The CRE’s capacity for economic analysis and assessment of the impact of tourism. It is a UIB research institute, sponsored by the Sa Nostra Balearic Savings Bank and it issues the Balearic Islands’ annual economic and social report and a newsletter on its economic situation every four months.
  3. INSETUR’s influence and its intensive teaching and research work. It participates in the degree in Tourism at the UdG and in three master’s degrees; one of these, the European Master’s in Tourism Management (EMTM), is offered at three universities and managed by the UdG. In 2009, it was selected in the European Union’s Erasmus Mundus call and has become the foremost Erasmus Mundus concerning tourism.
  4. The training capacity in PhDs within this scope, with 37 PhD theses on tourism in recent years at the UIB and UdG.
  5. The research work of the Environmental Institute at the UdG, with the Landscape Analysis and Management Laboratory and Environmental and Geographic Information Technological Research Group, and the existence of the Catalan Cultural Heritage Research Institute. Similarly, the existence of the Catalan Landscape Observatory, with headquarters in Olot (Gerona) and managed by the professor of the UdG, Dr. Joan Nogué, awarded the Rey Jaume I prize for planning and landscapes.
  6. The high quality research conducted by the 8 competitive research groups, some of which are groups of excellence, such as the Plant Biology in Mediterranean Conditions Group (UIB), leader of the strategic plan of the recently set up joint institute with the INIA and CAIB – INAGEA – and has contributed to the recovery of traditional crops. These groups work in fields involving sustainable and innovative tourism and the environmental and their capacity for transfer is clearly shown in actions such as the national pilot project for the restoration of the mature tourism area on Palma Beach and the environmental monitoring programme of the Majorca Council in collaboration with TIRME.
  7. 3 CONSOLIDER (UIB) Projects stand out in this field.
  8. The proven capacity for innovation of companies in the tourism sector grouped in clusters such as TurisTEC and BALEARS.T.
  9. The special SOCIB and the CIDTUR foundation facilities.
  10. The collaboration with the Spanish Oceanographic Institute (IEO).

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