Welcome Message - School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM)



Ni Sa Bula Vinaka!

It is of great pleasure to welcome you to the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM). The School has a significant history in the provision of tourism and hospitality studies within the South Pacific region.

Moreover, the School has a strong reputation for the provision of excellence in teaching and learning. This is verified by the fact that our academic degree programmes are fully accredited by the International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE). This Australian-based organisation specialises in the accreditation of higher education programmes in the field of tourism, hospitality and events. It formally accredits a range of top institutions around the world, certifying that these institutions and their degree programmes are quality driven to strong standards of excellence.

STHM offers degree courses in tourism and hospitality management at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as specialising in hotel management at undergraduate level. All these programmes encompass a diverse range of courses that incorporate a special focus on practical and industry-based applications. All our degrees focus on a management perspective, especially as the School encourages students to seek a long-term career in the service sector industries at the higher-end of the job market. Accordingly, it is the aspiration of the School to encourage students to be future leaders and decision makers in the industry.

We offer both class mode education (blended face-to-face study) and distance (online) education. In addition to our campuses in Fiji (Laucala, Labasa and Lautoka), we have strong student cohorts in many others islands of the South Pacific, such as the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.

Very importantly, the School has dedicated staff with significant industry experience as well as high level teaching abilities. The quality of our teaching is often noted in student feedback questionnaires. Accordingly, STHM offers a dynamic, vibrant and motivated teaching and learning environment.

Although we specialise in the study of tourism and hospitality in the Pacific region, we also utilise a range of international case study applications in our teaching assignments. This indeed illustrates our global approach to studying and understanding the operational and strategic dimensions of the tourism, hospitality and hotel industries. STHM therefore welcome applications from both regional and international students.

We are very confident that our programmes and courses directly suit student interests. Our objective is to ensure that whatever future ambitions students hold, STHM is committed to having a positive impact on their learning environment and their future success.

It is clearly the case that our programmes are designed to ensure a smooth transition from university to professional practice. In understanding how learning applies in particular contexts, it is of no surprise that the School has strong association with the industry. We have a dedicated colleague in the School who assists students in gaining direct work experience and in locating suitable employment in the tourism and hospitality sectors. Our famous annual Careers Fair involves students being interviewed by potential employers and managers. As a consequence of the support systems available in the School, we are very proud of the fact that our graduates are making significant contributions within their professions and communities in the South Pacific region.  

For a number of years, STHM has been highly active in offering a range of academic workshops, research seminars and international conferences, all of which have helped to facilitate research enquiry and publications. Therefore, the School has been associated with a range of specialised publications concerning tourism development in the Pacific and beyond. The School is also proactive in carrying out research consultancies with industry, especially given the depth of applied knowledge and experience.

Important to note, is the University of the South Pacific is equipped with a library which has incredible access to many tourism and hospitality journals as well as specialised books and monographs.

The continued growth of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, and its strong reputation in teaching, learning, research and professional practice, clearly indicates that the School is strategically working in the right direction!

Professor Marcus L. Stephenson
Head of School
School of Tourism and Hospitality Management 






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