SEYCHELLES TOURISM ACADEMY TO SEND ANOTHER 15 STUDENTS TO SHANNON
Within the space of two weeks, after STA and the National Human Resources Development Council handed over air tickets to 14 students selected to go for their Bachelor Degree Course in Irelands Shannon College, did news emerge that the Irish institution has offered the Seychelles Tourism Academy a further 15 places, allowing another batch of students to be selected and sent for the same course.
Human resource development and skills transfer is a hugely important component in the Seychelles way forward for the countrys tourism industry and with a growing number of Seychellois graduates now becoming available, and more being trained both at STA and at Shannon, this process is gathering momentum now.
In the same announcement it was also confirmed that another lecturer of STA will be given the opportunity to undergo intensive training in teaching techniques and methodology at the Shannon College for a period of two weeks, giving the coordinator at STA for the degree programme cooperation, Stella Bergman, the opportunity to travel to Shannon under this offer.
Both the Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St. Ange as well as the Principal of STA Flavien Joubert, hailed this latest offer from Shannon as a sign of ever closer and stronger cooperation between the two institutions, from which in particular the Seychelles have benefitted. STA is the choice partner in the Seychelles for Shannon, which has only recently turned down overtures by UniSey, rather relying on a proven performer in hospitality and tourism training, namely the STA, where all facilities exist and where the project to build a state of the art academy is bound to create even better training and learning opportunities for students, than having to engage with additional partners lacking the sector specific experience, the facilities and arguably the resources to duplicate what does already exist at STA or is being created at considerable expense. Well done to Shannon for their apparently boundless support for STA and best of luck to those selected to go abroad for training. Watch this space.