Tourism and Cultural Heritage

The Department of Tourism and Cultural Heritage was created in January 2017. It is a brand new Department with many exciting activities and projects taking place. 

It all started with the opening of the MA programme in Management of Sustainable Tourism in September 2016. This postgraduate programme resulted from from a partnership between Unisey and IREST, the Institute of Research and Advanced Studies of Tourism of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne.

The Department values exchanges and complementarity of expertise. Half of its lecturers are residents of Seychelles, both academics and professionals,very well aware of the local issues; and the other half of the lecturers are  from Paris, bringing another kind of expertise.

For its first cohort, local stakeholders from different Ministries and other institutions are being given the chance to follow this high level of training in the Seychelles. For the next cohorts, the program will still be open to local stakeholders but the aim of the Department is to become more and more international and to promote the sharing of diverse experiences. Collaboration with France will be reinforced,and we would also welcome students, lecturers, researchers and stakeholders from the Indian ocean area, South Africa, China, India etc. 

On the research side, the Department would like to open up internationally by developing comparative analysis on best practices in Tourism and Heritage Policies.

Vision

To be a unique knowledge hub linking tourism with heritage studies and research in order to support the sustainable development of  Seychelles and to develop international cooperation.  

Aims

  • Develop a pluri- and interdisciplinary approach in the context of a new globalized tourism industry of heritage and sustainable development. Understand and create awareness of the local, regional and international impacts of international conventions and statements of UNWTO and UNESCO.
  • With regards to UNESCO/UNITWIN , contribute to the formulation of strategies for cultural tourism, and for  sustainable development, by ensuring the long term conservation of sites, participation of local communities in projects and tourism benefits, and ensuring a dialogue of cultures.

 Mission 

  • The first mission is to provide a high quality learning experience in order to train experts in the fields of tourism and/or heritage.
  • Its second mission is to support and initiate academic activities by organizing workshops and international conferences, leading research projects, publishing, welcoming visiting lecturers and international experts.

Both should be achieved by maintaining awareness of innovative ideas and approaches in the field of tourism and heritage.  

Values

  • Collaboration: Building a team and collaborating with institutional partners to achieve common goals in the interest of Seychelles’ socioeconomic and cultural development;
  • Reputation: Upholding the University’s good reputation through adherence to high standards of performance.

Tourism and Cultural Heritage

Contact Us

Anse Royale
P.O. Box 1348
Mahé, Seychelles

+248 4381222