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April 2010

College celebrates biggest ever intake

College celebrates biggest ever intake

Leading education institution Queenstown Resort College is celebrating its biggest ever intake with 68 new students on the roll.

The new students, including New Zealand Winter Olympic stars Mitchey Greig and Sarah Murphy, started at the college last week, some taking Adventure Tourism Management studies and others studying for a Diploma in Hospitality Management.

The young Olympians – both of whom competed at the Vancouver Olympics where Sarah was the New Zealand team flag bearer -- are studying Adventure Tourism Management.

Free skier Greig, 21, who was born in Invercargill but now calls Queenstown home, said the course enabled her to continue training at Coronet Peak while providing her with an education and learning the skills to achieve her goals.

“Ultimately I want to start my own tourism business and attending QRC means I can work towards that while also training to compete in the Sochi 2014 Olympics in Russia,” she said.

Murphy, 22, who is half Canadian and half Kiwi, competes in biathlon which combines cross country skiing with shooting. She has a ten-year plan that includes the 2014 Olympics and ultimately running her own tourism business.

“As a full-time athlete, in the past I haven't had much time to study, however the programme at QRC allows me to combine my on-going training with studies. Queenstown is awesome and QRC is a great place to study for me,” she said.

Queenstown Resort College CEO Charlie Phillips said the award-winning college continued to grow its roll and attract students from around New Zealand, Australia and further afield for the two-year courses.

“Tourism is the fastest growing industry in the world and for athletes like Mitchey and Sarah, who are looking to their future after their competition days are over, this gives them the opportunity to capitalise on their achievements,” he said.

The Adventure Tourism Management diploma is the only one of its kind in New Zealand.  It develops successful future adventure tourism managers by blending business management and leadership skills with practical work experience and adventure education.  As part of their diploma, every student receives six months of fully paid industry training with an adventure tourism business. Graduates can continue on to a Bachelor of International Tourism Thompson Rivers University in Canada.

Hospitality students also spend six to nine months working fully paid within the industry in Queenstown or around New Zealand.  QRC delivers the Diploma of Hospitality Management in partnership with the International College of Management in Sydney (ICMS) and César Ritz Colleges, Switzerland. This international hotel management qualification opens the doors to higher study and exciting careers throughout the world.

  • Posted By: QRC on Sat, 24th Apr 2010 @ 00:00:00

QRC Graduation 2009

QRC Graduation 2009

View & order your copies of QRC Graduation Photographs 2009 photos online.

Saturday 21st March 2009 saw QRC host its second graduation ceremony, at the Millennium Hotel in Queenstown. It was an extra special occasion as not only was it the inaugural graduation of the Adventure Tourism Management students but the Hon. Bill English Deputy Prime Minister attended to present the students with their diplomas. He spoke of how Queenstown Resort College plays a special role in the education system and told the students they were the future leaders of the tourism industry. In all 44 students graduated although not all were able to attend the ceremony. With many of them now spread around the world from Zimbabwe to The United Kingdom, India and Singapore it was evident that many of them are using their skills to explore the world. The Hon. Bill English did remind the graduates that New Zealand needs their skills and to please return here one day and put them to use.

After attending the ceremony the graduates, their families and friends were invited back to the college for drinks and canapés and a chance to catch up with old classmates and staff members. A great afternoon was had by all, the proud looks on the parents faces certainly demonstrated this.

  • Posted By: QRC on Tue, 6th Apr 2010 @ 00:00:00