In order to provide EU funds for construction works of upgrading, reconstruction and equipping the locations of the Competence Center, in this case the Villa Čingrija and TUŠ complexes, the project will apply to the Public Call “Establishment of infrastructure of regional competence centers in vocational education to support the vocational reform process education and training ”. It is a limited type of tender funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Namely, in June 2018, the City of Dubrovnik expressed its interest and will to enable the use of the fenced Villa Čingrija complex to the School of Tourism and Catering, if it is appointed a Regional Center of Competence. The space of the Villa Čingrija complex, in accordance with earlier announcements, will be open to the general public with facilities such as catering. Three contracts regulating the future of Villa Čingrija as a Regional Competence Center for Tourism and Catering were signed on Thursday in the Ranjina Palace between the City of Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and the Dubrovnik School of Tourism and Catering. Mayor Mato Franković, Prefect Nikola Dobroslavić and TUŠ Director Antun Perušina “By declaring the Center of Competence, our school undertakes the obligation to take care of the education of staff throughout the county. We will be guided by the ‘slow food’ philosophy and we will try to offer indigenous products and thus through the school to achieve a philosophy that should help further the development of our region”, Said the director of Perušina. Prefect Nikola Dobroslavić indicated that the project is worth 105 million kuna and consists of two parts; arranging the space of Villa Čingrija in a smaller part of the School of Tourism and Hospitality, while the second part refers to the programs that will be implemented, which includes foreign experts. The City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik-Neretva County signed a lease agreement for the Villa Čingrija complex for a period of 10 years, while the County subleased it to the Dubrovnik School of Tourism and Hospitality, also for a period of 10 years, with the aim of establishing a future Regional Center. The application and implementation of the project for the establishment of a Regional Center of Competence in Vocational Education, subsector Tourism and Hospitality, is regulated by the “Agreement on Business Cooperation” between the three partners, also concluded today. Source / photo: City of Dubrovnik; Facebook: doris.jel The decision to conclude a lease agreement for the Villa Čingrija complex with the Dubrovnik-Neretva County for a period of 10 years was adopted at the 24th session of the City Council, held on Monday, September 23. Mayor Mato Franković pointed out that the Dubrovnik School of Tourism and Hospitality is doing an excellent job in educating staff in tourism. “Upgrading and continuing education are needed to raise the level of service provided in the city area. I am convinced that this will be realized through this project, which will have a public and educational character. After the Center on Čingrija comes to life, I am sure that Dubrovnik will get another Michelin-starred restaurant”, He emphasized, adding that the joint cooperation will raise the quality of the tourist staff. Dubrovnik-Neretva County, as the founder of vocational education institutions, and in cooperation with the Regional Development Agency DUNEA, the School of Tourism and Hospitality and the City of Dubrovnik, nominated TUŠ as a future regional center of competence at the Public Invitation of the Ministry of Science and Education. by decision of the Ministry.