The Potential of International Mobility Projects as Vehicles to Disseminate Sustainable Tourism Education: Partnerships and Shared Curriculum

By Candace Blayney and Wanda George.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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The purpose of this article is to describe the processes and challenges in developing two recent International Mobility Projects that involve several
educational institutions with a common goal to integrate sustainable tourism knowledge into their curriculums. In this paper, these Mobility Projects are described, which includes discussion about the intent of the student exchange
programs and projected outcomes. Also discussed are the processes of designing and delivering an International Certificate in Sustainable Tourism Management to be offered by six educational institutions in Canada and Europe and using Distance Education technology, as a platform for both faculty to interact during the planning stages and for students to access course information and materials. A dedicated web site has been designed for each of the two projects to allow for the dissemination of important curriculum, best practices in the industry, student content and to ensure longevity of the projects. The two new Mobility Projects outlined in this paper were made possible by funding from the Government of Canada: Canada-European Union Programme for Co-operation in Higher Education, Training and Youth and the Program for North American
Mobility in Higher Education, under the International Academic Mobility Initiative (2008). Mobility Projects and student exchange opportunities are explored and discussed to help us understand and explain the impacts that such
exchange projects might have on a student’s comprehension of the important concept of sustainable tourism management. Recommendations are provided to help ensure the success of similar Mobility Projects.

Keywords: Sustainable Tourism Management, Mobility Projects, Higher Education, Degree Programs and Sustainability

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.257-266. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 595.783KB).

Dr. Candace Blayney

Assistant Professor, Business Administration and Hospitality and Tourism Management, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Assistant Professor, Mount Saint Vincent University, Department of Business Administration and Hospitality and Tourism Management, Coordinator of Tourism and Hospitality Management Program. Her research includes hotel management competencies, strategies, crisis management models used in the hotel industry, and human resource issues within the tourism industry. She has presented at conferences both national and international in scope with papers published and in progress. Dr. Blayney’s work experience includes ten years with a large international hotel company in the positions of training director and human resource director. Her work involved the delivery of a number of management training programs including Recruiting and Selection, Train the Trainer, Performance Appraisal, and Leadership Styles and involved delivery in the UK, the Caribbean and across Canada.

Dr. Wanda George

Associate Professor, Business Administration and Hospitality and Tourism Management, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Dr. George’s research and scholarship concentrate on the complex relationships and interconnections among tourism, commodification of local culture, community change and sustainable rural development. Previous research includes extensive studies of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and how its restructuring from fishing community to international cultural tourism destination transformed the community and, later, to assess the attitudes of its residents towards tourism in the community since World Heritage designation in 1995. She also collaborated on research projects in five rural communities in Ontario to explore new and improved approaches to sustainable community tourism development; this research resulted in a new Community Self-Assessment Model for Tourism Development. Current research is centered on tourism management and sustainability issues at UNESCO World Heritage Sites. She is the founding director of the World Heritage Tourism Research Network (WHTRN), an international group of researchers pursuing this research focus. She has produced several scholarly publications including a recent book, Rural Tourism Development: Localism and Cultural Change (2009).


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