British Council international award - Northern Regional College Case Study

Northern Regional College NI, UK and Vuselela TVET College, South Africa focused on developing a joint tourism project attractive to international visitors.

UK and SA tourism and business studies students joined forces to apply classroom learning through project-based-learning techniques to promote and deliver an internationally focused event. Students provided international visitors with a real world-of-work experience by delivering a day experience showcasing the best attractions and hospitality each region has to offer.

Students from different disciplines, campuses and countries shared knowledge and experience in how to promote and deliver a tourism event. Students built on classroom theory to develop project management and transversal competencies. Associated module assignments achieved higher grades than those of their peers, enabling positive articulation to higher education.

Internationalisation of the curriculum is a key aim and this project provides a roadmap for developing multi-disciplinary teams and embedding project-based-learning into the curriculum. The international champion’s role is to create new international networks and support curriculum staff in developing international projects.

For a small budget of £13,000 this international project has been a significant success by improving staff teaching methods and increasing student grades.