MUT academic jets-off to Ireland for workshop on tourism post-COVID-19 

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18 November 2021

MUT academic jets-off to Ireland for workshop on tourism post-COVID-19 

A Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) academic will visit Ireland from 21 to 26 November 2021 to attend a series of sessions on Tourism Education, Research and Training in post COVID-19 South Africa.

Sithembile Nkosi, Lecturer in the Department of Nature Conservation at MUT, said her participation in the workshop was important “especially with the current financial impacts that came with the breakout of COVID-19”.

“For me to be part of this team, means that we are venturing into wider space of conservation which entails tourism,” said Nkosi. “The Department has never been empowered with relevant skills to broaden the scope of conservation and include tourism, which forms an integral part of conservation and sustainable development.”

Ireland is one of the leading countries in the realm of tourism education, research, and training for improvement and planning post COVID-19. Nkosi said that being part of a delegation to Ireland for training will provide her with expertise that could help the department to make a case for offering qualifications in Eco-tourism and Horticulture.

“These qualifications could include short courses that could be offered to tourism graduates and employees looking to broaden their expertise to sustainable development or greening their current tourism areas,” said Nkosi.

The workshop is part of the Technological Higher Education Network South Africa (THENSA).