Helping improve the standard of tourism in Russia

London Metropolitan University is the only UK university to take part in Erasmus+ project, aimed to improve the standard of tourism.

Date: 12 June 2017

A cohort of academics at London Metropolitan University are working together on European Dimensions in Qualifications for the Tourism Sector Capacity Building Project (EurDiq).

London Met is a supporting partner of the EurDiq Project, which aims to ensure sustainable development of Russian higher education through quality assurance structure for degree programmes in line with Bologna and EU 2020 strategic objectives.

Dr Wendy Bloisi, Head of Academic Partnerships; Professor David Hind, Visiting Professor at London Met; Dr Simon Jones, Dean of the Guildhall School of Business and Law; Maggie Gold, senior lecturer in Creative Industries; and Guyonne James, lecturer in Tourism; have been working together towards improving tourism in Russia.

“This is an exciting project which puts London Met Tourism courses on the map and it allows our Tourism team to have an impact in how Tourism can be studied in Universities throughout Russia by sharing what we do in the UK,” said Dr Bloisi, Head of Academic Partnerships.

The academics have been participating in conferences and attending development meetings with partners of the project and giving a UK insight into Quality in UK education and the design and development of master’s courses.

Partners on the project include State Financial University Moscow, St Petersburg University, Russia, Russian State University, University of Nicosia, Cyprus, Fachhocschule Mittelstands, Germany, Don University, Rostov Russia, Sochi University, Russia, Bishek Academy of Economics and Finance, Krygyz Republic, Issykkul University and Krygyz Republic.

Dr Bloisi, Dr Jones, Maggie Gold and Guyonne James will be visiting partners in Krygyz Republic in July to discuss tourism and how the tourism master’s courses at London Metropolitan University are developed in line with UK standards.

In May, the team attended a conference in Cyprus to help develop and promote the project.

Established in 1987, Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. The Erasmus+ UK National Agency is a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK.

The Erasmus+ student mobility programme offers students an opportunity to undertake a substantial period of study of one or two semesters in another European country, and for that study to be recognised by the home institution as part of their degree.

Find out more about Erasmus+ at London Met.