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Border town in the Eastern Finland • 28 000 inhabitants • Biggest employers Imatra City, Ovako Steel, Stora Enso • Imatra rapids as the oldest travel destination in Finland • Catherine the great visited Imatra in 1772
Why Imatra hasbeenpart of thisproject? • Problem: people moving away from Imatra as there are not so many new jobs available. • Students moving away to study in a university • What to do to stop this trend? • → New jobs has to be created within new industries, such as travel industry and tourism • Saimaa university in Imatra offers degree studies in Tourism and hospitality – co-operation between Imatra city, Imatranyhteiskoulu and Saimaa university within the field of tourism • Students of Imatra yhteislukio have a chance to study tourism and hospitality in Saimaa University and get to know more about the job opportunities within the tourism field
What have we done? • Imatran yhteislukio studentshaveattendedvariouscourses at Saimaa University • Workshopstogether with Narva-Joesuustudents in Narva, Narva-Joesuu and Imatra • Studytrip to Turkey
What have we gained from this project? • We now have Travel and tourism course in Imatran yhteislukio • Every year 10-15 new students will be chosen to study on the course • Co-operation with Saimaa University continues • Students have been very positive about the course and have gained valuable knowledge of studying tourism and working on that field