It has been a year that several Armenian universities participate in the “Tempus” funded project “SuToMa” (Development of new modules for international bachelor and master programmes in sustainable tourism management. The program is aimed at modernizing the existing curricula at the universities. Up to 2015 12 new modules (subjects) must be introduced that will be included in the curricula of the universities.
After joining the program two new specializations have been introduced at the Service Department of YSU Faculty of Geography and Geology – “Sustainable tourism” and “Service business management”. YSU also develops activities towards the introduction of the new 12 modules.
“Some of the 12 modules have already been introduced at our department. These modules are “Destination management”, “Sustainable tourism”, “Ecotourism”, “Training of guides” and so on. At the end of the program all 12 modules should be introduced at the universities of all partner countries,” - said YSU lecturer, participant of the program Gor Aleksanyan.
The partner sides of the project are all South Caucasus countries - Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, as well Germany, Latvia and Ireland from the European Union. In general, the program brought together 30 universities, enterprises and NGOs. Armenian side is represented here by 5 universities - YSU, Yerevan State University of Languages and Social Sciences, Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University, Armenian National Agricultural University and Gyumri State Pedagogical University.
“We always try to make things better. And the whole world speaks about 3 components of the success - the economic interest, social justice and environmental cleanup. The combination of these three tools is called sustainable development,” - says the head of the Department of Service Seyran Suvaryan and adds we have never had a problem with the knowledge, but the result has not been satisfactory because of the lack of practice. He says our European partners will teach us how to apply the knowledge on practice.”
After completing the course already trained experts should share their knowledge with the university specialists.
“I am for the first time in Armenia, and I still have not managed to learn about the situation around tourism in Armenia in general, but I will definitely return here in order to strengthen ties with local partners and to continue to the training of lecturers. I am also a tutor and I am not going to teach new skills, but simply to show how we work at our universities,” - says the Vice-rector of the German Worms University, Professor Knut Scherhag.
By the way, the concept of sustainable development, which also involves the development of sustainable tourism, was adopted in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro. The world’s 194 countries, including Armenia, have signed this concept, and currently Armenia also has its sustainable development program.