Taylor's University Receives Eu Grant for Vietnam Tourism Programme

Taylor's University Secures First International Grant to Help Develop Sustainable Tourism in Vietnam

Recently, Taylor's University, through its School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts (TCHT), concluded a month-long capacity building programme for 20 Vietnamese tourist administrators here at Taylor's University, Lakeside Campus.

TCHT secured a grant from the European Union for ASEAN countries to fund the capacity building programme, the Environmentally and Socially Responsible Tourism Capacity Development Programme, which aims to enable the practice and implementation of sustainable tourism development and management in Vietnam.

During the opening ceremony of the programme, Taylor's University Deputy Vice Chancellor, Mr Pradeep Nair, said that this is the first international grant secured by Taylor's University and (it) is a clear indication of the international arena.

"Through the ESRT capacity development programme, Taylor's University aims to position itself as an institution renowned for research excellence while making an indelible impact in nation building," said Mr Pradeep.

The research grant amounting to approximately €182,000 (RM 778,500) will see Taylor's University train 60 Vietnamese tourist administrators from the public sector in four main areas namely, responsible sustainable tourism development, product development and event management development in tourism, tourism service and quality management as well as sustainable regional or spatial planning in tourism.

One of the participants, Mr Ho Si Son, the Ninh Thuan Department of Culture, Sports & Tourism vice director, found the module related to quality management of tourism products especially useful.

"When I go back, I aim to change how the locals market the seafood products- making the food more hygienic and tasty as well as keeping the beaches clean. I would like for the province to be clean and the beach's beauty to be enhanced to draw more tourists to our province," he said.

He added that he would encourage his staff to apply for next two rounds of the programme as it would be quite beneficial to them.

Besides the recently concluded November 2013 phase, the programme will be conducted in two other phases, namely in, November 2014 and June 2015 respectively, and will be participated in by 40 administrators.

The official opening of the ESRT programme was attended by the Deputy Secretary-General (Development of Higher Education), Ministry of Education Malaysia, Dato' Hj Nasir bin Mat Dam, and witnessed by the Minister Counsellor of the Vietnam Embassy in Malaysia, Madam Le Thi Hoang Cuc; Dean of School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts (TCHT), Taylor's University, Mr. A. R. Neethiahnanthan and Chairman of the ESRT Capacity Development Programme, Dr Toney Thomas.