Objectives of the Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture
The Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture, formerly known as the Tourism Department has, as its main objective, the teaching of tourism studies at tertiary level at the University of Malta.
Since its establishment in 1995, the Institute has been responsible mainly for training people in tourism, heritage management, cultural issues and socio-economic impacts of tourism. Over the years, the Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture has also been active in research and its members have assisted the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry for Culture in developing a sustainable tourism product. The current team of lecturers and researchers is involved in cultural heritage, cultural routes, cultural products, media and arts, tourism SMEs, tourism employment issues, labour studies, island sustainability and tourism economics.
The Institute of Tourism, Travel and Culture is also active in EU funded projects and has participated in the EUROMED Heritage II Programme with two major projects on cultural heritage, namely Med Voices and DELTA. Currently the Institute is participating in a Leonardo Pilot Project, VOCMAT. Other programmes in which the Institute is active are the Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship programme and the Life Long Learning Programme. In addition, the Institute is also very active in the ERASMUS programme and has exchange agreements with universities in the UK, France, Finland and Germany.
The Institute works closely with local tourism stakeholders such as hotels, restaurants, respective government entities and Ministries, heritage agencies and craft organizations. It is also a member of AIEST, EUTO, Tourism Networks and the National Rural Development Agency, and was instrumental in setting up the Slow Food Movement in Malta.
Objectives of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Tourism Studies course
The B.A. (Hons) Tourism Studies course extends over a period of three years of full-time study. Its main objectives are to provide a comprehensive background to the local and international dimensions of the tourism industry and to equip students with skills to critically analyse the tourism industry and its impacts on society, the environment and the economy.
The Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture welcomes the contribution of overseas students to the multidisciplinary and cross-cultural aspects of its courses. Applicants with overseas qualification (both for undergraduate and postgraduate courses) should, in the first instance, contact the University of Malta's International Office before submitting their application. As qualifications and University entry requirements vary from country to country, the International Office can advice on equivalence to local requirements.
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