The Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS) together with the Ministry for Tourism and Consumer Protection launched its prospectus for the academic year 2020 – 2021 during a virtual conference.
Minister for Tourism Julia Farrugia Portelli announced that the prospectus includes two new academic programmes, which are the first of their kind worldwide. These are the Diploma in Climate Friendly Travel and the Bachelor of Science in Diving Safety Management.
Lectures for these two programmes will be available online, from the ITS campus in Gozo, with the Bachelor of Science including also practical diving research/sessions around Gozo.
The Diploma in Climate Friendly Travel, pegged at Level 4, is offered in collaboration with SUNx and is the only ITS diploma which is not limited to ITS students only. This study programme, will train students to support companies within the travel and transport industry in making the necessary changes to become carbon neutral, in view of the current global challenge of climate change.
SUNx Co-Founder, Professor Geoffrey Lipman, live from Belgium, added that SUNx Malta is delighted to collaborate with ITS to deliver the world’s first Climate Friendly Travel Diploma, to help create clean, green jobs to respond to the existing climate crisis and make a better future for future generations.
The Bachelor of Science in Diving Safety Management, in collaboration with DAN Europe, is pegged at level 6 and offered through the International School of Diving Safety and Medicine, a school launched in 2017 and formed specifically by DAN Europe and ITS, in collaboration with the Professional Diving Schools Association (PDSA).
Through a live communication call from Italy, DAN Europe President and CEO, Professor Alessandro Marroni, said that diving implies extraordinary environment exposure requiring specialised techniques and safety culture. The goal of the world’s first ITS Diving Safety Management course is to train professionals for the best development and sustainability of the diving industry in Malta and internationally.
Minister for Gozo Clint Camilleri, through a video message, stated that these programmes are a positive initiative, and even more positive is the fact that they will be held at the ITS campus in Gozo.
The ITS prospectus also includes 23 modular courses within 13 programmes of study which are divided in various levels starting from the Foundation programme at Level 2, up to a Master’s Degree at Level 7 of the Malta Qualification Framework. Available courses include: Travel and Tourism; Rooms Division; Food and Beverage Service; Food Preparation; Events; Tour Guiding; Culinary Arts; International Hospitality Management; and Heritage Interpretation.
ITS Chairman Carlo Micallef and ITS CEO Pierre Fenech stated that it is of a great satisfaction seeing another two programmes launched in collaboration with highly-respected international institutions.
The prospectus and more information can be found on the ITS website www.its.edu.mt. Online applications for all the programmes are also available on the same website.