ERASMUS + SUCSESS PROJECT is an international project that is funded by the European Union. This global project is aimed at strengthening the cooperation between the higher education institution and enterprises in South Africa, (ERASMUS + SUCSESS PROJECT) has its roots in an identified need to support the employability of graduates especially in the tourism and business programs by infusing new learning methods that have been tried and tested successfully in Europe thus contributing to an increase in graduate employability.
The project SUCSESS is kick starting at UNIZULU under the Faculty of Arts; (Department of Recreation and Tourism) with the vision to transform the university, regional and community development as well as improved employability of students through new lifelong learning skills, as well as supporting an inclusive and sustainable economy through good corporate and cooperative governance.
The UNIZULU team under the guidance of Professor Thandi Nzama: Deputy Dean: Teaching and Learning; recently visited the Haaga-Heila University, Porvoo, in Finland with the aim of having a kickoff meeting aimed at outlining this project, its timelines and implementation strategies.
“The students from our department are mostly coming from educationally disadvantaged communities, these students need sound development to compete better in the tourism industry. We have staff members who are interested in merged learning and other innovative teaching and learning strategies. We are also involved in community engagement hence the need for the institution to be part of this successful ERASMUS + SUCSESS PROJECT.
This project will create opportunities for the capacity building, knowledge sharing and best practices with the focus on the programme and national priorities. In South Africa, Higher Education Institution’s prioritizes the collaboration among universities or colleges, local communities, public and private organizations” said Prof Nzama.
This will benefit the UNIZULU immeasurably and will have an impact that will be measured through:
- Improved teaching and learning (Internal and external evaluation reports),
- 10 publications in peer-reviewed journals or conference proceedings,
- 5 articles published in professional journals and general media
- Organized events, conferences and seminars
Ongoing and constant communication around this project will be disseminated though UNIZULU internal e-notices, social media pages, UNIZULU website/Intranet.