University's first Dual Degree accredited

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The University of Derby has recently added a feather in its cap in international partnerships by signing a Dual Degree Collaborative Partnership with Stenden University of Applied Sciences (SUAS) in the Netherlands.

Dual degrees provide students with an opportunity to receive a distinctive educational experience with an international perspective that enhances employment opportunities in a global market and  enable them to stand out from the crowd.

The University of Derby (UoD) and SUAS have a long standing relationship and a shared culture of experiential learning.  There is a history of lecturer exchanges between the two institutions and shared research interests.  Following internal and external consultation, it was agreed that the Dual Degree programmes would be developed within a framework that provided personal and professional development opportunities aligned with the common institutional objectives of applied research and education for application (employability through Real World Learning).

Students from all over the world can now enrol on the newly validated Dual Degrees delivered at SUAS, and graduate with two awards, one from each validating body. Students will graduate with either an MSc International Hospitality and Service Management including a Dutch Master of Arts (MA) in International Hospitality and Service Management; or with an MSc in International Leisure and Tourism Studies including a Master of Arts (MA) International Leisure & Tourism Studies.

The MSc Degrees contain a study visit to the UK and what’s more, students are able to gain Real World experience in Stenden Hotel, a fully functional 4* hotel on the campus of SUAS in Leeuwarden.

One student to benefit from this new partnership is Buxton’s BSc (Hons) International Hospitality Management alumni student Andy Heyes. Andy proved to be an outstanding student during his first degree based at the Derby Buxton Campus, publishing in an academic journal, presenting his research proposal at an international conference and also winning a highly selective cultural exchange trip  to partner university in South Korea.

Now Andy has become the first Derby student to progress to the Dual Degree MSc in Hospitality and Service Management and has just started his academic programme at SUAS. This means that on completion, Andy will end up with two awards which he is clearly very pleased about. ‘My career development is my life at the moment. I am very passionate about what I do and am delighted to be able to be the first student to convert between two fantastic institutions. During my Masters at Stenden I will be working hard on continuing both my academic and practical journey. Academically, I am in the process of working on a series of research papers which I hope to put forward for publication, planning my thoughts on my first book and also in talks to par-take in a PhD in the US in 2017/18. Operationally, I am working closely with Stenden’s marketing and masters teams to convince students to par-take on this wonderful opportunity and have just returned from Indonesia with positive results heading forward.’

Sarah Rawlinson, Head of the Hotel, Resort and Spa Management School at the University said: I am thrilled to be at the head of the University’s first Dual Degree partnership with Stenden, an institution that we have worked with for so long because we share an Real World Learning ethos. Opportunities for students are countless and of course this dual award structure provides a model for the University to roll out this type of arrangement with other partners in the future.