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NDT Tourism and Research Skills Development Project

Background of the Research Study 

Professor Karen Harris, from the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies, was originally approached in 2011 by representatives from the National Department of Tourism. The Director General of Tourism, Ambassador Kingsley Makhubela as well as the Chief Director: Research and Knowledge Management, Mr Bernhard Meyer proposed the idea of forming a partnership for research and other related purposes. The Department has since signed a four-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NDT which sets out the objective of Universities, such as the University of Pretoria, partnering with national government to undertake research projects. This opened many doors for current postgraduate students in the Department offering them opportunities to gain valuable experience in the tourism industry, especially in tourism research and project development.

This collaborative research sets out to create an understanding of cross-border tourism and guiding in southern Africa with a view to make recommendations on a harmonised regulatory and training framework for cross border guiding in southern Africa. Not only has the NDT provided a platform for employment of students, they have also generously provided additional funds to the Department to be used as student bursaries for the studies of postgraduate students. The close collaboration between government departments and academic institutions has proven to make a valuable contribution to the growth and development of young graduates and to prepare them for the tourism industry in South Africa. For more information on this project please click on the associated links below.

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