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Graduate Diploma update with Jacqui McLean

Exams are nearly complete and with that, our first Graduate Diploma term is done!

The Graduate Diploma class has added another positive dimension to the student body and has been overwhelming welcomed by lecturers and students.

Our GD students were hosted by our Level 5 Event Management class who, as part of their assessment, arranged a Powhiri and kiwi luncheon. The students were able to gain a better understanding of the concept of Manaakitanga, which loosely translated from Maori means hospitality and welcome.

The term has featured a cross section of topics related to tourism and hospitality as well as guest speakers and field trips around the region. One of the learning outcomes of a Term 1 paper relates to sustainability and we arranged a day trip to Glenorchy (an area of outstanding natural beauty in the New Zealand Alps) to see how businesses are working towards a sustainable future. This was followed by a trip to the Sherwood Hotel in Queenstown to further understand social sustainability and the concept of creating a village feel for both local and tourist.

Research techniques will also be a focus heading into Term 2 as the students begin to prepare for their internship and major research project.

QRC works closely with the local tourism industry and feedback tells us that Queenstown companies are very excited about the research capacity within this group of students.