Strengthening collaboration in tourism and hospitality management

NUST and the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences in Austria, signed two agreements. One is a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that aims to enable both institutions to participate in joint research and cultural programmes in the tourism and hospitality field, whilst the other is an Erasmus Plus Mobility programme that facilitates staff and student exchange.

The two Universities have previously worked closely together and the signing of the agreements that took place earlier this week formalised the cooperation.
Some of the tangible achievements so far include the introduction of three degrees at NUST, namely: Bachelor of Tourism, Innovation and Development; Bachelor of Culinary Arts, and Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism (Honours).
Prior to the Signing Ceremony, a Symposium on Sustainable Tourism was hosted by the two universities, were topics ranging from wildlife conservation, over-tourism and climate change were addressed.
“Tourism is a vital area for growth, especially in the economic climate that we are currently experiencing,” remarked Morné du Toit, NUST Acting Vice-Chancellor.
Tourism is a major contributor to Namibia’s Gross Domestic Product and the sector creates employment for hundreds of locals. Dr Erling Kavita, Head: Department of Hospitality and Tourism, Faculty of Management Sciences, said “This collaboration is quite global in context as it goes beyond initiatives with Salzburg University of Applied Sciences but other European Union academic and research institutions. It also creates opportunities for other faculties to create mutually beneficial partnerships.”
The CEO of Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, who is also the President of Universities of Applied Sciences in Austria, Raimund Ribitsch, applauded Namibia as an ideal tourist destination.
He further urged the country to uphold the highest sustainability rationale given the fragile nature of its beautiful natural resources. This, he said, could be achieved through local capacity building and awareness, adoption of new technologies, new product innovation and the promotion of e-tourism.

Friday, June 7, 2019
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June, 2019

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