CSU expands global reach of tourism graduate studies

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The Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources in the Warner College of Natural Resources has signed an agreement with the University of Andorra to offer courses from the Colorado State University Online Graduate Certificate in Ski Area Management.

Students who enroll in the CSU courses will fulfill requirements for the University of Andorra’s new Postgraduate Diploma in Mountain Destination Management.

The aim of this new program is to “provide students and professionals the knowledge and training they need to successfully meet the unique demands of the mountain tourism industry,” said Miquel Nicolaui Vila, president of the University of Andorra.

“The program’s international perspective and blended learning format ensure a uniquely diverse student body and an intellectually stimulating course of study,” he added. “Graduates of our programs will be equipped with the skills and abilities to become successful and effective leaders in a rapidly evolving and growing industry.”

The program — set to launch the fall semester of 2018 — was developed in cooperation with the United Nations World Tourism Organization Themis Foundation, which is based in Andorra, and Pallarsactiu, which promotes economic growth in the Pallars region of Catalonia, Spain.

The Institute of Tourism at the University of Applied Sciences in Lucerne, Switzerland, and the Center for Tourism Research at Wakayama University in Japan will also contribute content for the new program.

Ski Area Management

The Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources offers an online graduate certificate in Ski Area Management designed for people who are working in the ski industry or looking to start a career in that realm. Courses can be accessed from anywhere in the world, whether Nagano in Japan, Whistler in Canada, the Dolomites in Italy, or Colorado.

The program is designed to be completed over a nine-month period, with course offerings designed to complement the busy winter season in the Northern Hemisphere. Classes include Sustainable Ski Area Management and Ski Area Planning and Development. Instructors also cover human resources and ski area marketing.

“Our ski area management graduate certificate has raised the bar for excellence and a deep understanding of a competitive and professional industry, while simultaneously providing students with educational opportunities to increase their acumen in strategic, ethical and sustainable management,” said Michael Manfredo, professor and head of the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. “Our invitation to contribute to this European postgraduate diploma on mountain tourism signals that CSU and the United States are recognized as leaders in this global industry.”

Located in the Pyrenees, the Principality of Andorra is a top mountain destination in Europe, attracting over 2 million tourists and nearly 8 million visitors overall from around the world each year. Like many mountain destinations, the economy and livelihood depend on an ability to provide quality tourism services, improve sustainability and remain competitive.

The Online Graduate Certificate in Ski Area Management is one of a number of programs developed to serve the needs of students and professionals in the natural resource tourism and outdoor recreation industries. These programs include the Master of Tourism Management program, available on campus and online, and an online Graduate Certificate in Adventure Tourism.