Johannesburg (TVLW) – IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has joined forces with the University of Pretoria, and five other African business schools to support the development of high-quality education for managing tourism in the region. Through the Tourism Training Network, the initiative draws on the expertise of leading faculty from the George Washington University in the United States, the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and other world-class tourism programs. It will help increase the capacity of African business schools in designing and delivering executive education programs that target private sector and public sector managers.
Sam Nganga, IFC Operations Officer, said, “Strengthening tourism education in Africa will increase the pool of competent managers that can catalyze the development of the sector, boost economic growth, and create jobs.”
Don Hawkins, Professor of Tourism Policy at the George Washington University, said, “Delivering quality management education in tourism is vital to unlocking its potential as a strategic growth sector in Africa. Through the new network, we can facilitate a shared vision and harness the collective knowledge and expertise of Africa’s top institutions.”
As part of the first phase of the program, faculty from five African business schools in Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Senegal recently completed an intensive course development session at the University of Pretoria, under the guidance of Professor Hawkins and Professor Ernie Heath (University of Pretoria). The participating schools committed to launch executive education programs in tourism by July 2008. They include the School of Finance and Banking (Rwanda), Strathmore University (Kenya), Institut Superieur de Management (Senegal), Instituto Superior Politecnico e Universitario (Mozambique), and Institut National des Sciences Comptables et de l’Adminstration d’Entreprises (Madagascar).