The University of Girona (UdG) has various campuses scattered around the medieval city of Girona, situated in the Spanish autonomous region of Catalonia. UdG is the country’s pioneering institution of higher tourism education, offering courses in the field since 1989. Today, 50% of the approximately 700 students enrolled in tourism courses are of international origin.
The Faculty of Tourism, situated at the top of the old quarter, “Barri Vell”, runs two undergraduate programs and three master courses. The European Master in Tourism Management (EMTM), an Erasmus Mundus program, being one of those master’s programs.
The faculty's main aim is teaching quality under the new European Higher Education Area (EHEA) concept introduced in 2008-2009. A long tradition in maintaining relations with foreign educational institutions, which is proving very successful to date, will continue also into the future and represents the possiblity for students to complete part of their course abroad at one of the twenty partner universities of the UdG for Erasmus or Prometeus program.
Furthermore, faculty members are committed to the current environment encouraging idea generation to meet the expectations of students as well as those of the job market, for example by offering classes in new product development.
Research by the faculty is carried out through the Higher Institute of Tourism Studies (INSETUR), focusing on basic and applied research, postgraduate studies and lifelong learning. Consequently, the faculty aims to be a point of reference for tourism research in the country.
UdG is one of the first institutions in Spain that offers doctorate programs in tourism of a recognized quality. The PhD in Tourism, Business and Law, was awarded as a program of excellence by the Ministry of Science in 2005.
Also, members of the faculty were granted several co‐operation projects to develop tourism in countries such as Brazil, Ethiopia, Mexico or Peru in the last two years. Other recent international research co‐operation activities involved countries such as Chile, Tunisia, Lebanon, and from Europe including France, Italy and Greece.
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