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CUT strengthens internationalisation for students planning future collaboration in business

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CUT strengthens internationalisation for students planning future collaboration in business

The Central University of Technology, Free State’s (CUT) Advanced Diplomas in Tourism Management as well as Hospitality Management students recently started to participate in the Global Partners in Education (GPE) programme in their Strategic Management class. This initiative contributes to the vision of internationalisation at CUT whereby intercultural cooperation and exchange is fostered, and global engagement is encouraged.

The GPE strengthens and adds value to the academic programme of CUT students, through the content covered in the programme. It is closely linked to the course content for students in Strategic Management classes and strives to provide students with a link to international best practice vis-a-vis South African best practise.

Dr Eben Proos, Lecturer in Tourism and Events Management said that both these CUT departments embrace the CUT vision of internationalisation. “Students have the opportunity to engage directly via online platforms with their counterparts in the USA and France. This internationalisation initiative holds great significance for CUT and specifically for its students as it is a student intensive programme. The students are responsible for the majority of the interactive effort, whilst the lecturers facilitate the discussion sessions. Students are required to conduct research on certain topics and communicate with their partners before and during each session,” said Dr Proos.

Students are further exposed to world views on different business topics and experience different cultures, ensuring that international, intercultural, and global dimensions are integrated during the programme. Through participation in this programme, students’ views and knowledge on international business topics are broadened.

“Students that participate in the GPE programme are further encouraged to build relationships with their international counterparts after the completion of the programme. The programme exposes students to new and up to date technology practices that are of particular importance in the fourth industrial revolution,” added Dr Proos.

Through the GPE programme, CUT is exposed to international counterparts, and future collaborative projects can be built from this experience.

Uploaded: 29 October 2020
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