Derby graduates help shape Botswana’s tourism industry

Derby graduates help shape Botswana’s tourism industry Buxton-designed degrees are helping Botswana to diversify away from mining and minerals to sustainable tourism

Date posted: 19 December 2016

Degrees designed in Buxton are helping an African nation diversify its economy from mining and minerals to sustainable tourism based on its wildlife and wilderness - while helping British exports at the same time.

The University of Derby offers courses at the Botswana Accountancy College, including BA (Hons) in Tourism Management, International Tourism Management, International Salon Management and International Hospitality Management, as well as an MSc in Strategic Management.

Five hundred students were presented with their degrees by the University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Kath Mitchell during the 2016 graduation ceremony at the College’s main campus in Gaborone, the country’s capital.

Seventeen per cent of Botswana is devoted to national parks and game reserves, with some of the largest concentrations of wild animals on the continent. The magnificent Victoria Falls on Botswana’s Zambian border are also a big draw for tourists.

The Government of Botswana really does invest in its young people by sponsoring its students to do degrees,” said Dr Sarah Rawlinson, Head of Department Hotel Resort and Spa Management at the University’s Buxton Campus. “Its industry is heavily focused on minerals and mining, and it wanted to diversify and get its people and workforce ready for when these natural assets run low. They are looking at tourism as a development so they wanted to train their businesses and young people along these lines.”

The Botswana partnership also boosts the UK’s economy in to the bargain. Research by the British Government has estimated that the value of the education related export market might be approximately £21.5 billion by 2020.  

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