University of Derby

The University of Derby’s reputation for industry-relevant degree programs offer their 34,000 students unparalleled opportunities to gain professional work experience alongside their studies. They’ve invested around £100 million over the past five years in some of the best university facilities you’ll find in the UK to ensure their students get the hands-on practical skills and experience employers are looking for. 

The Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management courses are in the top 10 in the UK, as ranked by the Guardian University Guide 2017. Derby is accredited by the Tourism Management Institute and a member of the Institute of Travel & Tourism. The campus in Buxton sits on the edge of the Northern Powerhouse and the Peak District National Park, an area thriving with tourism businesses, providing unique opportunities for provides unparalleled opportunities for real world learning in Outdoor, Events, Hospitality, Tourism, Spa and Wellness. 


Colorado State University

For more than a century Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources (WCNR) has played a leadership role in research, teaching, training and technical assistance related to the understanding and management of the world’s natural resources. Within the college, the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department focuses on understanding and attending to the needs and values of humans, human society, and culture as it relates to the natural environment. 

Faculty in the WCNR at CSU pioneered efforts in the study and application of human dimensions of natural resources (HDNR) in the early 1970’s and by 1992 they established a “Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Unit” which is now the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department. 

The mission of the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department is to contribute to the conservation, stewardship and enjoyment of natural and cultural resources and the management of those resources in a way that produces both land health and sustainable human benefits.The Department offers an MS and a PhD in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. Four concentrations are offered in the undergraduate program: Protected Areas Management, Global Tourism, Natural Resource Tourism and Environmental Communication. The Department also offers a unique hybrid nine-month cohort-based Master of Tourism Management program. 


Deggendorf Institute of Technology

The Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT), founded in 1994, has quickly become one of the most pioneering and advanced universities of applied sciences in Germany. Our mission is the continued focus on high quality, practice-oriented and modern education combined with advanced research, based within our business, technology and health faculties.

The university focuses on three disciplines: firstly, full-time education; secondly, applied research & development and thirdly, further education. The focus of the full-time education offers is on bachelor and master courses, whilst in applied research & development, a vast range of research topics lead to practical, scientific solutions that are used to develop new, marketable products, processes and services. In fact, many doctoral students are engaged in cooperative PhD programmes in this important field. Finally, further education is organized by the Further Education Centre; these courses are geared towards students who work full-time whilst pursuing further education to further their careers.


Wuhan Branch of China Tourism Academy

Wuhan Branch of China Tourism Academy is approved and established by China National Tourism Administration and China Tourism Academy. It is the only branch established in a university. Wuhan Branch of China Tourism Academy is devoted to theoretical and practical research areas highlighting regional development, tourism resource development and protection, as well as tourism information technology. Wuhan Branch of China Academy has commissioned hundreds of state level, provincial level, and business research projects. It has played a leading role in tourism and regional development research, training, and technical support. 

Meanwhile, the faculty of Wuhan Branch also take teaching responsibilities in the College of Urban and Environmental Science (CUES) of Central China Normal University (CCNU). CUES focuses on relationship and interaction research between humans and nature. It has undertaken a series of unique multidisciplinary academic and planning programs featuring tourism, geography, management, economics, ecology, and GIS, among others. 


Universita' di Pisa

The University of Pisa is a public institution boasting twenty departments, with high level research centers in the sectors of agriculture, astrophysics, computer science, engineering, medicine and veterinary medicine. Furthermore the University has close relations with the Pisan Institutes of the National Board of Research, with many cultural institutions of national and international importance, and with industry, especially that of information technology, which went through a phase of rapid expansion in Pisa during the nineteen sixties and seventies. It was officially established in 1343, although a number of scholars claim its origin dates back to the 11th century.

The Degree Program in Sciences in Tourism is directed towards the economic aspect of the tourism market but with a focus also in communication and intercultural exchanges. The course is strongly oriented to inter-disciplinary contents and teaching methods with a focus on specific subjects including: economy, marketing and management, history and art, law and foreign languages, sociology and anthropology. The Campus formula – characterized by limited enrollment and mandatory attendance –allows intensive and personalized instruction, in continuous contact with dedicated professors and tutors. The connection to the world of tourist institutions, businesses and professions is constantly pursued and emphasized, through internships and study tours.



University of Sunderland

The University of Sunderland is a global institution. It offers life-changing opportunities to thousands of students across the world, in its partner colleges and in its four main sites (two in Sunderland, London, and Hong Kong).

It is research active, with ten areas of ‘world leading’ research (Pharmacy, Engineering, Business, Education, Social Work, Sports and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism, English, History, Art and Design, and Media). The research activity of the University provides a research informed curriculum, enhancing the academic standing of the institution as a seat of higher learning and scholarship, undertaking research which both enhances the learning experience of its students, and delivers impact. Its research is stitched into the fabric of the institution. For decades researchers at the University have challenged themselves to improve society across all its facets – from the early days of pharmacy to support for heavy industry at its height to today’s new sciences and advanced technologies.



The research centre (CERTE) was established in 2017, and has already engaged in numerous activities and projects. The name CERTE stands for Centre for Research in Tourism Excellence.

CERTE is at the heart of the Department for Tourism Hospitality and Events (T.H.E.) of the University of Sunderland, and operates as the beacon for knowledge generation through research implementation. It is dedicated to employ both, applied and academic research in tourism hospitality and events. It aims to impact on the generation of knowledge as well as its application in the industry. Moreover, it operates as a platform for research led teaching and provision of better education and knowledge dissemination.

Research in T.H.E. Department is underpinned by a critical, interdisciplinary approach that mirrors the dynamic nature of tourism, hospitality and events in contemporary societies. CERTE’s vision is to position the University of Sunderland as a leading centre for research in T.H.E. Therefore, it is committed to undertake world leading research that underpins the curriculum and delivers impact to the wider community. The pillars of CERTE’s research engagement are: (i) tourism, (ii) hospitality, and (iii) events. Its research connects these pillars of the service industry, and formulates knowledge under a multidisciplinary perspective.


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