Vice-Chancellor, Prof Fikile NM Mazibuko met with stakeholders at the annual Tourism Stakeholder Breakfast Briefing in a bid to broaden the institutions reach and impact and establish new partnerships. The event was held on 22 February in collaboration with the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality, Sports sector, Education and training Authority (CATHSSETA) and saw the launch of the 2013 University Department of Recreation and Tourism Advisory Board at Imvubu Lodge in Richards Bay.
In her address, Prof Mazibuko stressed on the importance of developing strong tourism postgraduate programmes and research studies. She said UNIZULU is focused on creating opportunities to strengthen partnerships and collaborations with sector stakeholders, bridge the gap between theory and work integrated learning, share ideas and work on new projects in keeping with the National Skills Plan.
“It is our responsibility to find strategies that will take the tourism industry to the next level. Our partnerships are also about generating knowledge through research and innovation, applying it, disseminating it through teaching, publications, monitoring and evaluation, policy analysis and programme design,” said Prof Mazibuko.
CATHSSETA CEO, Mike Tsotesti said: “CATHSSETA understands the importance of providing students with practical work experience and supports any initiative to ensure work ready and competent students upon graduation.”
He said a partnership with UNIZULU has been established together with a MOU and the formation of a Curriculum Advisory Board. This will bridge the gap between qualifications and industry needs in the tourism sector in order to ensure and facilitate job creation. Tourism, and its associated sectors, has been identified as a key industry that contributes positively to the economy and has had an impact on the high unemployment rate. Based on this CATHSSETA has engaged in extensive consultation with various government and academic institutions, tourism industry experts.
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