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Student Exchange Program

Seychelles Tourism Academy hosts German counterparts

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN  Mar 09, 2010

The Seychelles Tourism Academy (STA) is hosting the long-awaited "twinning" visit by students and staff from Cuxhaven, Germany, where an exchange program for Seychellois students has already taken place in late 2009. An MOU was signed between the two institutions for mutual support, assistance, and student/lecturer exchanges, although this is now the first visit from German students of the Cuxhaven hotel school to the Seychelles.

With them are lecturers and the college principal, Dr. Ulrich Getsch, who had earlier on signed the memorandum of understanding between the two institutions. He will, besides touring hotels participating in the exchange program, also have meetings with his counterpart, Flavien Joubert, CEO of STA, and the tourist board’s, Peter Moncherry, who is responsible for the tourism development and planning section at Seychelles Tourism Board.

It was also learned during a visit last month to the Seychelles and a meeting with the two gentlemen, that further cooperation with other hotel schools and colleges is lined up for 2010 and beyond, notably institutions from Reunion, France, Mauritius, South Africa, and other friendly countries.

The Seychelles Tourism Academy is established under the umbrella of the Seychelles Tourist Board and since 2007, oversees industrial and vocational training for the hospitality and tourism sector under a legal mandate, overseen by a managing committee, which includes institutional and educational stakeholders and a wide selection of private sector stakeholders from the archipelago’s hotels and resorts, who are participating regularly by availing training opportunities for students and then absorbing young and well-trained Seychellois into the sector under an affirmative action program of "Seychelloization" in the workplace.

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