SEYCHELLES TOURISM ACADEMY SIGNS MOU WITH SHANGHAI COUNTERPARTS
The Seychelles Tourism Academy and China’s Shanghai Institute of Tourism have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, paving the way for lecturers and students to follow internship programs within both institutions.
The MOU was officially signed by Mr. Flavien Joubert, the Principal of Seychelles Tourism Academy and Weiwu Yang, the President of Shanghai Institute of Tourism in the presence of Minister Alain St. Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture and Mrs. Elsia Grandcourt, the Chief Executive Officer of Seychelles Tourism Board. Mr. Joubert, the Principal of the Seychelles Tourism Academy said that the signing of the Educational Cooperation agreement ‘is a great achievement as both the Tourism Academy and the Shanghai Institute of Tourism stands to benefit from the exchanges’.
The President of Shanghai Institute of Tourism, Weiwi Yang hailed the signing of the first ever Memorandum of Understanding with the Seychelles Tourism Academy saying that it ‘represents a stamp of approval between both institutions to promote cooperation between Seychelles and Shanghai’.
The Memorandum of Understanding between Seychelles Tourism Academy and Shanghai Institute of Tourism provides for a three year educational exchange programme between both institutions. Students and lecturers of the two tourism and hospitality training institutions stand to benefit in exchanges of academic publications materials or other information, collaborative research and possible exchanges on academic papers, exchange of students and academic staff, mutual assistance in preparation of seminars, conferences and workshops as well as cooperation in training projects for specific areas of development.
Minister St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture outlined the strength of Shanghai in the field of Tourism. He was quoted saying: ‘I am confident that the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding is a win-win situation for Seychelles Tourism Academy and for Shanghai. The Memorandum of Understanding gives Seychelles a new avenue to find new opening for its students. The agreement with Shanghai Institute of Tourism comes at an opportune time for students of Seychelles Tourism Academy. We must look at all avenues of cooperation between both institutions and leave no stone unturned’.
The MoU signing comes shortly after STA also signed a similar agreement with the Government of Oman to establish cooperation between the Gulf state and the Seychelles.