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February 2018

Lecturer in profile: Dr Masoud Karami (PhD), Lecturer and Research leader

Lecturer in profile: Dr Masoud Karami (PhD), Lecturer and Research leader

Qualifications: PhD in Management/Marketing from University of Tehran

Masoud is a published researcher specialising in international entrepreneurship, internationalisation of small New Zealand businesses and the connection to tourism. This is a major area of knowledge he is able to pass on to QRC’s Graduate Diploma students. His specialty is business relationships, entry into foreign markets and entrepreneurial alertness to opportunities.

Previous roles include lecturer at University of Tehran and Teaching and Research Assistant at University of Otago. Masoud has also presented papers at major international conferences.

Masoud believes QRC’s standout characterics is the practical approach to teaching (critical to the tourism and hospitality industry in particular) and the cultural diversity of students and staff.

Of the Graduate Diploma of Tourism and Hospitality programme, Masoud says:

"The GD programme helps QRC contribute to Tourism in New Zealand by developing managers for the industry. We are bringing talented people from all over New Zealand and the world, with culturally different backgrounds and rich working experiences into the tourism and hospitality industry. Our program can add to their knowledge and reflective mind-set.

The practical mode of learning at QRC is critical. I have interactive classes in which we discuss new theories and their application in organisations. It is possible to have this practical approach due to the rich experience of our students. This way we reflect on experiences, link them to theories and learn from one another.

I believe our students have a great potential to take high positions in tourism and hospitality organisations. We can build on their previous experiences and add some theoretical understanding of organisations and practice of management.

By training them how to build their networks of relationships in New Zealand and use QRC’s brand, they will find great positions in near future and contribute to the industry."

  • Posted By: Andrea Preston on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 @ 13:25:45

Lecturer in profile - Dr Sam Spector (PhD), Graduate Diploma Programme Leader

Lecturer in profile - Dr Sam Spector (PhD), Graduate Diploma Programme Leader

Qualifications: BSc Business Administration (USA); MA Sport Management (Canada); PhD Tourism (Otago); Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Centre for Sustainability (Otago)

Sam has been pivotal in the development of QRC’s new Graduate Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management, a programme designed to bring professionals from other industries into leadership roles in New Zealand’s ballooning tourism industry.

Lecturing on several papers, Sam also supervises student research projects and internship progress.

Sam’s extensive education background includes a PhD from the Department of Tourism at the University of Otago and Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Otago Centre for Sustainability. With four published journal articles and three more nearing completion, his specific interest in tourism comes from his research in sustainability/resilience of the industry, transport-related issues, the ski industry and tourism in outer space.

What role does the Graduate Diploma programme play in the tourism industry’s future?

"There is a lot of discussion in the industry about high-turnover and low-skilled employees. QRC’s GD programme provides an answer to those issues by raising the capacity of the students to management level.

The GD students are mature and have both prior degrees and relevant experience. The programme allows them to convert those skills and apply them in the tourism/hospitality industry.

The students learn to conduct in-depth research and to clearly and professionally communicate their ideas, providing them with the capabilities to analyse and respond to a wide range of issues faced by businesses.

The GD is comprised of an internationally diverse group of students, and their cultural knowledge is hugely useful for businesses.

Having spent more than six months with the first intake, I can confidently say that these incredibly motivated, intelligent, and experienced students have so much to offer the tourism community and constitute a perfect method for developing the industry."

  • Posted By: Andrea Preston on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 @ 11:30:47

Young grad launches market-first venture

Young grad launches market-first venture

QRC alumni, Logan Preston has launched his own exciting business only months after graduating from QRC’s Adventure Tourism Management Diploma.

Tekapo Jet takes visitors on an exciting and picturesque tour of the spectacular Lake Tekapo in the South Island of New Zealand, visiting iconic landmarks as well as thrilling them with jet boat manoeuvres and spins.

Logan identified the gap in the adventure activity market in Tekapo during his internship in the region. His Tekapo Jet business plan took shape as part of a project during the final term of the Adventure Tourism Management Diploma.

The Diploma teaches students the particulars of managing an adventure tourism business, from marketing and superb customer service to managing your profits and ensuring safety.

Working with his parents and utilising his skills and knowledge of the industry, Logan attained the relevant licenses, consents, safety and operating certificates and acquired a business loan.

Logan completed QRC last October and on Boxing Day, officially launched the Tekapo Jet.

Other successful QRC alumni businesses include wine tours, quad biking, social media, bike safaris, outdoor equipment, water sports, restaurants, photography, bakeries and gastro pubs.

Visit tekapojetnz.co.nz for more information.

Read the stuff.co.nz story on Logan's business

  • Posted By: Andrea Preston on Fri, 2nd Feb 2018 @ 11:13:04