University of Otago

 

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The University of Otago is New Zealand’s oldest university. Its main campus, which houses the Business School, where the Department of Tourism is housed, is located in Dunedin, on New Zealand’s South Island.

The University of Otago is within the top two percent of universities worldwide, is a major employer in  Otago and makes a significant contribution to the local economy. The University of Otago Business School in general and particularly the Department of Tourism plays a significant role in promoting tourism and leisure in the region, undertaking research for the tourism and leisure industry and producing a large number of tourism and leisure publications: books, journal articles, working papers and industry reports.

University of Otago Business School

The University of Otago has maintained a reputation for excellence in education and research for more than 140 years, and business education since 1912. The University itself currently has approximately 20,000 students, including over 2,500 international students from 100 countries. It is also home to approximately3,800 academic and administrative staff.

A pacesetter in New Zealand business education, the Otago Business School pioneered the first full-time MBA in the country in 1976 (a programme which has been internationally ranked by the Financial Times and Economist Intelligence Unit). The School now offers more than 20 programmes from undergraduate level through to executive education, with postgraduate certificates, diplomas, masters, DBA and PhD’s all featuring in the suite of qualifications.

The Otago Business School is home to the following teaching and research departments and programs. A boutique Executive Residence hotel also forms part of the School.

  • Accountancy and Finance
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Executive Programmes
  • Information Science
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Otago Business School Internship Programme
  • Tourism

The School’s staff and students come from around the world. The School also has links with top international business schools and universities. The Otago Business School is also EQUIS2 and AACSB3 accredited, is a member of the Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools (AAPBS) and crucially for students, Partnership in International Management (PIM)). These linkages, amongst others, provide opportunities for staff and students to interact with the best and the brightest. Our graduates have an excellent reputation in the international and domestic arena for their independence and practicality.

The Department of Tourism

The Department consists of 12 academics and 2 administrative staff. The staff include a variety of world leaders in their field and journal editors (including editors of the Annals of Leisure Research and the Journal of Sustainable Tourism). The staff are regular contributors to the leading journals in the fields of tourism, leisure, hospitality and events, and frequent publishers of research monographs and edited books with some of the world’s leading publishers. In addition, the Department runs a vibrant PhD program that includes approximately 25 students at any one time drawn from all over the world.

Programmes offered by the Department of Tourism allow students to gain the insights and knowledge they need to play a key role in the global leisure, hospitality, tourism, and events industries. To complement students’ business management education, we teach from a wide community, ecological, and sustainable perspective.

CONTACT
Professor Neil Carr
Head of the Department of Tourism
neil.carr@otago.ac.nz

LEISURE RELATED PROGRAMMES
Undergraduate Programmes
A Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Tourism (BCom in Tourism) is aimed at high school graduates who are keen to excel in a business environment, with a specialisation in tourism. It emphases:

Destination Management

Tourism and Hospitality Enterprise Management
Tourist Behaviour
Cultural and Heritage Tourism
Tourist Accommodation Management
Sport Tourism
Events and Conventions Management
Tourism Product Development
Ecotourism and Sustainable Development
Tourism Research Methods

A Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Tourism, Languages and Cultures (BA (TLC)) offers students an opportunity to gain skills to work with people from other cultures in tourism and related business settings, by providing the necessary language literacy and cultural understanding, and cross-cultural perspectives, while also acquiring a solid grounding in tourism management.
The Department also offers a Minor in Tourism and a Minor in Hospitality. Some undergraduate Tourism papers are offered at Summer School13. These are: TOUR 101: Introduction to Tourism (by distance), TOUR 102: Global Tourism (by distance), and the very popular TOUR 214: Introduction to Wine Business (on campus).
Another Undergraduate option is the Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) which can be endorsed and un-endorsed; while the un-endorsed DipGrad is more flexible, and allows a student to combine several different subjects, an endorsed DipGrad in Tourism approximates a major in tourism. Details of all these options can be found at http://www.otago.ac.nz/tourism/index.html

Postgraduate Programme
Postgraduate programmes in tourism at Otago include the Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (Tourism), Master of Tourism (MTour), Master of Commerce (TOUR) and a PhD in Tourism. Our postgraduate teaching, research and graduates are all world-class.
A postgraduate course in Tourism at Otago allows students to potentially:
Raise their earning power
Increase employment prospects
Gain entry to a PhD programme (for postgraduate programmes with a research component)
Specialise in advanced knowledge of the tourism, hospitality, events, and leisure industries
Make a contribution to society through research

OPPORTUNITIES
If you are interested in potentially joining our PhD program please refer to the following link. Please note, that the University of Otago also has a significant pool of competitive scholarships for PhD applicants that are open to everyone, irrespective of nationality. http://www.otago.ac.nz/tourism/study/postgraduate/otago064154.html
Anyone interested in potentially joining us as a DBA student (for which competitive scholarships are also potentially available) should go to the following site: http://www.otago.ac.nz/business/study/postgraduate/otago618939.html

FURTHER INFORMATION
Anyone wishing more information about the Department is invited to contact Professor Neil Carr (contact details above) or visit the departmental homepage: http://www.otago.ac.nz/tourism/index.html

CONTACT
Professor Neil Carr
Head of the Department of Tourism
neil.carr@otago.ac.nz

LEISURE RELATED PROGRAMMES
Undergraduate Programmes
A Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Tourism (BCom in Tourism) is aimed at high school graduates who are keen to excel in a business environment, with a specialisation in tourism. It emphases:

  • Destination Management
  • Tourism and Hospitality Enterprise Management
  • Tourist Behaviour
  • Cultural and Heritage Tourism
  • Tourist Accommodation Management
  • Sport Tourism
  • Events and Conventions Management
  • Tourism Product Development
  • Ecotourism and Sustainable Development
  • Tourism Research Methods

A Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Tourism, Languages and Cultures (BA (TLC)) offers students an opportunity to gain skills to work with people from other cultures in tourism and related business settings, by providing the necessary language literacy and cultural understanding, and cross-cultural perspectives, while also acquiring a solid grounding in tourism management.
The Department also offers a Minor in Tourism and a Minor in Hospitality. Some undergraduate Tourism papers are offered at Summer School13. These are: TOUR 101: Introduction to Tourism (by distance), TOUR 102: Global Tourism (by distance), and the very popular TOUR 214: Introduction to Wine Business (on campus).
Another Undergraduate option is the Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) which can be endorsed and un-endorsed; while the un-endorsed DipGrad is more flexible, and allows a student to combine several different subjects, an endorsed DipGrad in Tourism approximates a major in tourism. Details of all these options can be found at http://www.otago.ac.nz/tourism/index.html

Postgraduate Programme
Postgraduate programmes in tourism at Otago include the Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (Tourism), Master of Tourism (MTour), Master of Commerce (TOUR) and a PhD in Tourism. Our postgraduate teaching, research and graduates are all world-class.
A postgraduate course in Tourism at Otago allows students to potentially:
Raise their earning power
Increase employment prospects
Gain entry to a PhD programme (for postgraduate programmes with a research component)
Specialise in advanced knowledge of the tourism, hospitality, events, and leisure industries
Make a contribution to society through research

OPPORTUNITIES
If you are interested in potentially joining our PhD program please refer to the following link. Please note, that the University of Otago also has a significant pool of competitive scholarships for PhD applicants that are open to everyone, irrespective of nationality. http://www.otago.ac.nz/tourism/study/postgraduate/otago064154.html
Anyone interested in potentially joining us as a DBA student (for which competitive scholarships are also potentially available) should go to the following site: http://www.otago.ac.nz/business/study/postgraduate/otago618939.html

FURTHER INFORMATION
Anyone wishing more information about the Department is invited to contact Professor Neil Carr (contact details above) or visit the departmental homepage: http://www.otago.ac.nz/tourism/index.html