Tourism education as a means for continued collaboration across the Circumpolar North.

Theme 4. Education
Session Name 4.4 Arctic tourism: A tool for education and a topic for educational collaboration
Datetime Sep 05, 2018 11:30 AM - 11:50 AM (UTC +3)
Location IT105
Presentation Type Oral
Presenter Patrick Maher
Author(s) Patrick Maher (Cape Breton University, Canada), Kaarina Tervo-Kankare (University of Oulu, Finland), Outi Rantala (University of Lapland, Finland), Trine Kvidal-Røvik (UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway), Dieter MÜller (Umeå University, Sweden)
Abstract text

This presentation will share the challenges and celebrations of developing a cross-disciplinary, cross border Masters-level program in Northern Tourism.  Program development was based on a collaboration between seven universities located in five Arctic nations, working under the auspices of the UArctic Thematic Network on Northern Tourism.

The presentation will discuss our initial vision for the program; formulated nearly 10 years ago.  It will share the trials and tribulations of wishing to get started but lacking the funding to do so.  It will share the success in receiving funds to run a pilot version of the program in the field and online thanks to the support of the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU).

Specific outcomes of the separate offerings (a field course, and two online courses) will be shared in other presentations, at the Congress. The overarching success and continued sustainable operation (now that we are beyond the pilot phase) will be discussed.

Presenters will discuss their own personal insights and rationale for being involved (as researchers and champions from their universities), and then a wider discussion of the positives and negatives of others  thinking to follow in this type of collaboration will occur. It hasn’t always been easy; but it’s always been worthwhile.  And once the stage of having students involved was realized, their enthusiasm was a key driver to continue. 

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