The students, Salome Nguaiko, Kuliwoye Shitundeni and Melissa Coetzee, underwent a competitive application process to qualify for the programme and eventually their consistent outstanding performance during their three-year Bachelor of Tourism Management degree studies gave them the edge. From August to December last year, the three young women walked in the shoes of Finnish students. “The environment is very different and the learning experience was somewhat relaxed in comparison to home which was quite surprising to me, but we learnt a lot,” says Melisa excitedly. During the five-month programme the students registered for more than five modules which included Hosting International Guests, Services Marketing and Tourism Business Environment.
The NUST students were taken on a tour of various lakes and other parts of the country and went on a boat trip to Sweden. Salome said: “The country is very technologically advanced and I would highly recommend this experience to other NUST students. The fieldwork was particularly interesting for me and, of course, the snow was exciting to see. It was the first time I experienced this type of weather.”
Through this partnership, which was initiated two years ago, eight NUST students have travelled to Finland with all expenses being funded by the No-So-So framework through TAMK. Shitundeni said the experience opened up her mind and she has learnt to appreciate the diverse cultures the world has to offer.