A final report is due at the end of the month from the two consultants working on the development of core curricula for the Associate Degree programme in tourism and hospitality.
The Caribbean Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC) contracted the consultants last year to develop the common core curricula for Caribbean tertiary institutions offering tourism/hospitality at the Associate Degree level.
The core curricula are being developed under a Caribbean Tourism Learning System (CTLS) project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) through the Caribbean Regional Human Resource Development Programme for Economic Competitiveness (CPEC).
This project is a joint effort between CTHRC and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Education Reform Unit (OERU), and is being managed by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).
The report is expected to take the form of the actual curricula, which look at the various areas of specialization to be covered by the programme.
“We are now looking at bringing back together our curriculum development specialists to review what the consultants have done and to share their feedback on how it can be improved,” said Bonita Morgan, CTO’s director of human resources.
Following that, CTHRC will bring together the lecturers and educators who will be implementing the curricula to introduce them to it and to get their input.
The new Associate Degree programme will be piloted in a number of tertiary institutions in CTO member countries in September, 2003.
The programme was one of several matters discussed at a CTHRC meeting held at CHA headquarters in Puerto Rico on March 19th, 2003.
Discussions were held on the role of the council as a standards, certification, recognition and validation body for tourism education in the Caribbean.