University Course by UNWTO.Themis Foundation and The George Washington University


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May 09, 2016

UNWTO Themis GWU University Course

WHAT: GWU University Course on "Tourism and International Cooperation for Development"
WHEN: Online - August 15-September 25, 2016; On-site - October 8-20, 2016
WHERE: George Washington University, Washington DC, USA
HOW TO APPLY: Learn more and access online application details here (application deadline: June 30)

The UNWTO.Themis Foundation, in collaboration with The George Washington University, is launching the 2016 University Course on "Tourism and International Cooperation for Development". This intensive course trains university graduates, industry professionals and government officials in subject areas related to international cooperation and development through tourism. The course will be held in English, with on-line part starting from August 15 to September 25 and on-site part at the George Washington University, Washington DC, USA, from October 8 to 20, 2016.

Course Objectives:

  • To provide participants with basic knowledge and tools in order to take part in international cooperation project;
  • To disseminate the UNWTO’s principles and guidelines, especially tourism’s role in employment creation and poverty alleviation;
  • To develop innovative approaches linked to United Nations Declaration of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development;
  • To foster tourism opportunities for networking and community building between participants, industry professionals and tourism stakeholders.

Course Directors

Dr. Don Hawkins is the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Tourism Policy and Professor of Management and Tourism Studies in the School of Business at the George Washington University (GWU). He is also Professor of International Affairs at the Elliott School of Foreign Affairs. In 2003, Dr. Don Hawkins received the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) first Ulysses Prize for individual accomplishments in the creation and dissemination of knowledge.

Seleni Matus is the Executive Director of the International Institute of Tourism at The George Washington University (GWU). She has spent more than 15 years working with governments and the private sector in tourism destinations throughout the Caribbean and Latin America to develop and implement sustainable management plans and programs that have enhanced the quality of tourism offerings and helped to ensure the long-term health of natural ecosystems. Seleni Matus also assisted multinational corporations, such as Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., to adopt corporate strategies for destination stewardship.


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