Curriculum to be proposed
- a Bachelor of Sciences in Ecotourism and Sustainable Management (BSES) (more professional-like, based on our assets and reputation). We will develop the qualities of autonomy, initiative and dynamism among our students and guide them to take their first steps successful in the professional world. After graduating, our students could create their own business, be hired as chefs and hotel managers, be hired as leaders (as a university degree opens many doors), or be employed in the environmental sector (national parks, nature conservation). This Bachelor is in Ecotourism (and not in Tourism, which is very different). We had mentioned the use of the kitchen for practicals at another meeting, but as we will train future hotel managers and national parks executives in the Bachelor, the cooking classes will be organized for students of the Vocational College, not of the Bachelor. We need a kitchen and a canteen for the use of our students and staff anyway.
- a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Cultures (BALC) (more scientific-like): as research and science are the main goals of any university, the students will be trained to carry on research and to promote it in state-of-the art talks, and to build presentations and papers aiming for publication in scientific journals. In a 2nd phase, we will develop a museum with the help of our best students. In the linguistics section, we can use some of our existing staff for teaching and hire a few more to upgrade the existing language courses to a higher level. Anthropology is particularly adapted to be proposed in combination with philosophy, history, material culture, history of religions, sociology, civilizations, museology and linguistics, as these disciplines pay interest to “culture”. For those of our students who would not pursue their studies further, they could be employed as teachers or as museum curators, or go back to the tourism sector as the knowledge of languages opens many doors.
Both bachelors will have a double orientation, allowing more career openings to our students. In any case, both Bachelor holders could continue their studies and do a Master in another university with which we will have built a partnership. We will encourage these ones to attend well-known scientific conferences.
As regards the structure, at the beginning, our University will be organized in three schools:
- School of Languages and Humanities (SLaH)
- School of Environment and Life Sciences (SELS)
- School of Hospitality and Management (SHoM)
Deans for these schools have to be recruited; they will be exclusively experienced PhD holders, who are willing to be actively involved in our University.
One school will organize one Bachelor with the help of other schools, each school proposing specific courses. The SLaH will be in charge of organizing the BALC (Linguistics and Cultures) and the SELS will organize the BSES (Ecotourism and Sustainable Management).
Our preliminary academic landscape should be more precise soon. Let’s examine what exists in other universities proposing comparable curricula.
Several Professors will wish to concentrate their teaching time on a limited time, we should avoid overloading the students.
A 30h-course, on a 3h per week basis, requires 5 weeks of lecturing plus one week for the exams, meaning 6 weeks in total. Two courses would represent 12h per week. This option would limit the number of Professors to 3 simultaneously, without leaving them any time for visit and leisure. Pedagogically, it is not ideal.
A visiting Professor should give two to three 30h-courses at each of his/her stay, meaning 6h to 9h per week during 10 weeks. We can also envisage 4h per week during 8 weeks, the two last weeks being reserved for the exams, or 6h (2 x 3h) per week during 5 weeks despite the fact that this solution is not advisable pedagogically and limits the number of professors present on campus at the same time period.