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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2011
couRSeS foR caReeRS 136 Australia – The Education Destination International student, Maria Luisa Yasmin Ludeña Martinez from Peru studied a Diploma of Hospitality Management at the International College of Management, Sydney. Diploma and degree courses at the college include nine months of paid industry training. Maria worked at the Marriott Hotel, Circular Quay in the heart of Sydney. She said the industry training was very valuable, particularly as she was an international student. Maria plans to take her skills home and open backpacker accommodation in Lima, and perhaps even her own restaurant. Hotel management courses are offered at universities, private vocational institutions and government TAFE institutions. Some vocational institutions and universities combine to award degrees. For example, RMIT University has teamed up with the Australian International Hotel School to offer a Bachelor of Business (Hotel Management) degree. Tourism: sustainability and the environment In 2009, Australia welcomed 5.6 million international visitors and was one of the best performers in the international tourism market. Australia is famous for its unique destinations – from its vast deserts in the Red Centre, to the sprawling rainforests of the Daintree, and hundreds of miles of idyllic coastline. As a nation, Australia cherishes its natural environment and amazing fauna and flora. Australia is a pioneer of environmentally positive initiatives such as the world-first Eco Certification program run by Ecotourism Australia. Initiatives such as this are helping the industry to provide travel experiences that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. Australian institutions provide courses in event management and tourism, with specialisations in areas such as ecotourism, sustainability and the environment. Some universities and vocational institutions are located near World Heritage sites and marine national parks, so you can experience the industry first-hand. Other institutions arrange excursions and field trips to tourist sites. a sporty nation Australia is often described as a ‘sports-mad’ nation. Parks, pools and sports facilities are spread across the country and being active is part of the national psyche. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more fitting destination to pursue your studies in sports tourism than Australia. You can choose from a wide variety of courses in sports tourism. For example, the School of Leisure, Sport and Tourism at the University of Technology, Sydney offers specialised undergraduate, postgraduate, research and honours degrees in the field. At some universities, you can undertake a double degree, such as the Bachelor of Tourism Management / Bachelor of Sports Management at the University of Canberra. While you’re studying sports tourism, you can attend one of the many exciting world sports events that are held throughout the year in Australia. Tennis, golf, cricket, the Formula 1 Grand Prix, surfing competitions, rugby, horse racing, mountain biking, sailing and swimming – just to name a few. Australia is a vibrant tourist destination with an exciting hospitality industry and world-class restaurants. Come along and be part of it as you study your course. With an Australian education, the world can be yours. On a silver platter. ■ Image (above): Tourism Australia. Below: Graduates from Australia’s hotel management courses work in the best hotels across the world. ‘Australia is a unique tourist destination, and its institutions excel in tourism courses, with specialisations in areas such as ecotourism, sustainability and the environment.’ ‘A number of institutions have commercial cafes and restaurants on campus to provide hands-on experience for students.’
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