Prof Elizabeth du Preez from the Division Tourism Management in the Department of Marketing Management visited Eberswalde University of Sustainable Development (HNE), Berlin, Germany, as a visiting scholar during the month of April 2023. The visit forms part of and Erasmus+ Funding Programme between HNE and UP. She was as a guest lecturer for one of the master’s degree modules, namely Tourism in Developing Countries. The focus of the master’s degree programme in Tourism Management is the promotion of sustainable development principles within a tourism management context.
The Erasmus+ Funding Programme affords lecturers and students the opportunity to gain exposure to current best practise employed in different contexts in terms of resources, student numbers and teaching models. The programme promotes professional development through exposure to an international learning environment and opportunities for cultural exchange. It is also the perfect opportunity to strengthen relationships with an international partner university, thereby contributing to the University of Pretoria’s drive toward internationalisation.
Prof Du Preez at Eberswalde University of Sustainable Development in Berlin, Germany.
Prof Du Preez’s research focus areas fall strongly within the areas of specialisation presented at Eberswalde University of Sustainable Development. These include developing tourism products for the emerging South African domestic market; investigating the consumption of nature-based tourism products among the South African emerging market; developing the competitiveness of the different provinces; the influence of a single regional visa on tourism development in Southern Africa; and the role of small and medium enterprises in development of tourism in a post-war context with Angola as case study. She has also supervised a doctoral student that researched the influence of legislation and marginalisation on the development of tourism among different cultural groups in South Africa.
Three Tourism Management master’s degree students, Kudzai Chipangyra, Lonwabo Njenga and Nobuhle Dashe also participated in the Erasmus+ Programme. The three students travelled to Germany during March and will remain there until the end of May 2023 where they will have to simultaneously attend to the work demanded from the local, as well as the international programme curriculum.
From left to right: Lonwabo Njenga, Kudzai Chipangura, and Nobuhle Dashe.
Prior to their departure, Njenga mentioned that she is very excited to see what Eberswalde University has in store for her and her fellow students. She expects to be pushed out of her comfort zone and really learn who she is within the new context of a different country. She looks forward to meeting new people and learning about a whole new way of life, and to sharing her experiences with her peers in Germany.