Lecturer in profile: Dr Masoud Karami (PhD), Lecturer and Research leader

Qualifications: PhD in Management/Marketing from University of Tehran

Masoud is a published researcher specialising in international entrepreneurship, internationalisation of small New Zealand businesses and the connection to tourism. This is a major area of knowledge he is able to pass on to QRC’s Graduate Diploma students. His specialty is business relationships, entry into foreign markets and entrepreneurial alertness to opportunities.

Previous roles include lecturer at University of Tehran and Teaching and Research Assistant at University of Otago. Masoud has also presented papers at major international conferences.

Masoud believes QRC’s standout characterics is the practical approach to teaching (critical to the tourism and hospitality industry in particular) and the cultural diversity of students and staff.

Of the Graduate Diploma of Tourism and Hospitality programme, Masoud says:

“The GD programme helps QRC contribute to Tourism in New Zealand by developing managers for the industry. We are bringing talented people from all over New Zealand and the world, with culturally different backgrounds and rich working experiences into the tourism and hospitality industry. Our program can add to their knowledge and reflective mind-set.

The practical mode of learning at QRC is critical. I have interactive classes in which we discuss new theories and their application in organisations. It is possible to have this practical approach due to the rich experience of our students. This way we reflect on experiences, link them to theories and learn from one another.

I believe our students have a great potential to take high positions in tourism and hospitality organisations. We can build on their previous experiences and add some theoretical understanding of organisations and practice of management.

By training them how to build their networks of relationships in New Zealand and use QRC’s brand, they will find great positions in near future and contribute to the industry.”