Lecturer in Business Communication and Marketing
Lydia Wirtz joined the University of Seychelles in 2013 and is a member of the Guy Morel Institute at Ma Joie. Her particular expertise is in the field of tourism and hospitality management.
Following the successful completion of her A-level programme at Seychelles Polytechnic, she was awarded a scholarship to pursue a BA Honours degree in Tourism Management at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. Once she obtained this degree she then returned to her homeland, where she soon took up a lecturing post at the Seychelles Tourism Academy. During the time she was there, Lydia studied part-time for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, which she completed in 2008. For someone who puts great stress on interpersonal and communication skills this was a valuable experience.
Her next academic step was to join the Master’s programme in Tourism & Hospitality Management at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, where she qualified in 2012. As part of the Master’s programme she spent six months in an internship, with responsibilities for housekeeping management at a hotel in Paris. Understandably, Lydia is fluent in French as well as English and this can be of value in UniSey’s transition to become an international university.
In her present post, Lydia undertook a consultancy commission with a colleague, to investigate the heritage features of Seychelles. This was commissioned by the Indian Ocean Commission and the work was part of a bigger project extending across other countries in the region. The outcome is to be published in 2015.
Outside the university, Lydia enjoys the cinema and reading about current affairs as well as crime novels. Browsing the internet, socializing and travel also feature in her leisure activities.