By obtaining the qualified registration of this new postgraduate programme for seven years, the Alma Mater will provide interdisciplinary training to professionals from different disciplines in order to understand the tourism sector within a framework of sustainability.

Based on the academic results, the institutional infrastructure and the quality conditions in which the Universidad del Magdalena, Colombia, operates, the Ministry of National Education of that country gave a positive response to the application for registration of the Master's Programme in Sustainable Tourism Management, for a period of seven (7) years.

This postgraduate programme, which will be offered by the Faculty of Business and Economics from the second semester of 2021, was designed with the support of the Erasmus+ STOREM - Sustainable Tourism, Optimal Resource and Environmental Management project, co-funded by the European Union, which aims to implement study programmes related to tourism and environmental management in five higher education institutions in Barbados, Costa Rica and Colombia.

The dean of the aforementioned faculty, Mg. Julieth Lizcano Prada, assured that this is the only master's degree in tourism offered in the territory and that it is designed to meet the training needs of this productive sector.

"It is focused on training human talent at master's level with the skills and competencies to manage sustainable tourism projects of a business and social nature, with a differential focused on the sustainability of destinations and products, and the relationship with ancestral and indigenous communities, as is the case in our territory," he said.

With 52 academic credits, through this master's degree that works with international institutions, the Alma Mater is committed to strengthening sustainable tourism in the department of Magdalena and in the country.

"Today the World Tourism Organisation has told us that tourism is one of the main economic drivers at international level and that areas with natural beauty, tourist developments, cultural resources and natural resources, as in the case of Colombia, are emerging as the preferred scenarios for tourists to carry out these activities," said Humberto Calabria Arrieta, director of the Tourism and Hotel Business Administration and Hotel and Tourism Management Technology Programmes - by propaedeutic cycles.

Calabria Arrieta also highlighted the importance of this postgraduate course for the region. "Colombia has 21 sustainable destinations endorsed by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism; among them are large areas of the Department such as the Sierra Nevada, Camino Teyuna, Tayrona Park, via Salamanca Island Park, Ciénaga - Magdalena, Aracataca, among others, which will become a key epicentre for the post-pandemic economic reactivation," he said.

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STOREM Project - Introductory video in English

Project STOREM - Introductory video in English