School of Tourism and Hospitality, University of Johannesburg

School of Tourism and Hospitality, University of Johannesburg

About School of Tourism and Hospitality

The School of Tourism and Hospitality (STH) in the College of Business and Economics. A vibrant, multicultural and dynamic School in the University of Johannesburg (UJ) shares the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Johannesburg, the city whose name it carries. Proudly South African, the University is alive down to its African roots, and well-prepared for its role in actualizing the potential that higher education holds for the continent’s development. The phenomenal success story of the University is one that has surprised critics and won over sceptics. Being an institution that prides itself on its accessible excellence, after only 11 years UJ has established itself as an institution of global excellence and world-class stature.
 
The University of Johannesburg’s School of Tourism and Hospitality was ranked 34th globally, (only African university), for Hospitality and Tourism Management by global ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, we also scored 1st in Tourism and Leisure studies by QS ranking. A great achievement and affirmation for the STH. We can confidently say we are the best that Africa has to offer in Tourism and Hospitality Management tertiary education. #WeDoTourism
 
The STH has a mission and vision is to develop sought after, future-fit leaders who create legacies. Given the number of highly successful alumni who have graduated from the STH and who have indeed created legacies in the tourism and hospitality industry, both nationally and internationally, our passion is our reality.
The STH takes great pride in combining rich traditions and experience in higher quality education. Our graduates are known for their skills, competencies, knowledge and attributes, allowing them to excel in the tourism and hospitality sector, one of the most dramatic growth industries in South Africa and globally. Our national and international partners also provide opportunities for deserving candidates. 


Why Study at STH:
  • Scored 1st in Tourism and Leisure studies in South Africa and on the continent by QS ranking
  • Ranked 34th globally, (only African university), for Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • STH in the College of Business and Economics at UJ is an established, leading and credible institution.
  • STH offers recognized, exceptional higher education qualifications, by providing varied tourism and hospitality qualifications.
  • UJ is a Comprehensive University in South Africa that offers both vocational diplomas and degrees with articulation from undergraduate B Tech degrees into post graduate academic qualifications, including a Masters and a PhD (when entry requirements are met for the specific qualifications).
  • Undergraduate qualifications (diplomas and degrees) articulate into postgraduate academic programs.
  • STH offers bursary support for eligible applicants.
  • Work integrated learning opportunities are part of the undergraduate curriculum of the diploma courses, ensuring applied technical and professional competencies when entering the workplace.
  • STH combines more than 40 years of heritage and industry networks that are well established.
  • State of the art training facilities that allow students to gain valuable hospitality experiences.
  • STH facilities, in addition, offer a platform for students to showcase their culinary and food and beverage expertise through banqueting, conferencing and fine-dining experiences offered at STH venues, which are open to the public.
  • National and international partnerships, providing excellent career prospects for students.

School of Tourism and Hospitality Courses and Programmes

Tourism Management and Development

National Diploma: Tourism Management
  • The purpose of the programme is to ensure that the qualifying learner will be competent in consistently using a variety of technical, managerial and personal skills and strategies in the everyday running of a tourism enterprise. The successful learner will have developed a sound foundation for progression into management and industry leadership positions and to explore entrepreneurial opportunities.        3 years full-time

Btech Tourism Management (will be phased out from 2018)


  • The aim of this qualification is to develop the students applied and cognitive competencies, interpretation, understanding as well as applications of tourism management principles. The student should be able to analyse and explain management decisions in the context of a tourism unit or company, or in the context of tourism development as well as to assess and interpret the external impact of decisions. The student should also be able to reflect on their managerial decisions and applications to assess the effect thereof in the holistic context of tourism management and development. Students should have prior experience of the tourism industry in order to contextualize their learning to their business environment1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

BA Degree Tourism Development (will be replaced by B Tourism Development and Management in 2017)

  • The purpose of this qualification is to develop the ability of the student to question, analyse and interpret tourism development issues with global context. This purpose is achieved through the delivery of tuition and research-based projects where the student shows evidence of research and the ability to reflect on tourism development issues. Successful students will therefore be able to make the important link between historical and environmental heritage and tourism. Students will employ participatory fieldwork in communities to empower local and domestic stakeholders in the development of viable potential. 3 years full-time

BA Honours Tourism Development

  • The primacy purpose of this qualification is to consolidate and deepen the learner’s expertise in Tourism Development by developing a coherent and critical understanding of the principles and theories of Tourism Development, provide qualifying learners with comprehensive and systematic theoretical knowledge and practical skills to apply the knowledge gained from historical studies geography and environmental studies, anthropology, tourism development and sport management to strategically identify new tourism attractions and develop tourism and heritage attractions in the tourism industry. The qualification will prepare learners for research based postgraduate study by developing their research capacity in the methodology and techniques of Tourism Development

 

Hospitality Management

Diploma: Hospitality Management
  • Hospitality Management has been designed for students wishing to enter the hospitality industry as a career choice. Hospitality encompasses the provision of accommodation management, food and beverage service, and the production of food to a paying guest. Front office management skills develop an understanding and insight into front of house rooms division and revenue management, as well as back of house or housekeeping divisions of any hospitality or hotel property. A food and beverage division provides restaurant and bar management, provision of service, restaurant design and flow, as well as financial controls relating to food and bar sales, ensuring profit margins and financial sustainability. Although not designed to create chefs (s differing career path), a hospitality manager is expected to have an understanding of food production, nutrition, purchasing and stores management, therefore the course include culinary theory and practical studies. Other areas of emphasis include hospitality marketing, hospitality law, financial management and talent management (HR). 3 years full-time

Diploma: Food and Beverage Operations

  • The successful food and beverage operations student will possess the appropriate knowledge, technical and personal skills and attitudes to work effectively, efficiently and sustainably at operational and supervisory levels within the food and beverage industry. Their basic managerial and high level operational competencies in the food and beverage operation will provide the foundation to process into managerial positions. The diploma will enable graduates to manage future operations competently including beverage services, practical knowledge of wines, cocktails and Barista training. 3 years full-time

BTech Hospitality Management (will be phased out in 2019)

  • The aim of the qualification is to to develop the student’s applied and cognitive competencies in the acquisition, interpretation, understanding and applications of hospitality management principles. The student should be able to analyse and explain strategic and operational decisions in the context of the hospitality and/or tourism industry and to assess and interpret the external impact of decisions. The student should also be able to reflect on their managerial decisions and applications to assess the effect thereof in the holistic context of hospitality management. Students must have experience in the hospitality industry in order to contextualize their learning to their working environments. 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Postgraduate Degrees

Master’s Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • The purpose of the Master’s in Tourism and Hospitality Management is to develop the ability of the student to question, analyse and interpret tourism and hospitality management issues within a global context with a focus on industry specific sectors. This purpose is achieved through the delivery of a research-based dissertation at the Masters level where the student will show evidence of scientific research and the ability to reflect in the context of tourism and hospitality management. The programme therefore assists in the continuing professional development of managers and leaders in tourism and hospitality management. Minimum 2 years, Maximum 3 years

PhD in Tourism and Hospitality Management

  • The aim of the programme is to develop the applied competence of the Postgraduate on an advanced level in research, analysis, interpretation and understanding of tourism and hospitality. Through a Doctoral dissertation, the student will show evidence of independent research via quantitative or qualitative methods or a combination of both. This will so as to solve complex problems in society for the sustainability of the tourism and hospitality industries. The programme will assist in the continuing academic and professional development of postgraduate students.

Continuous Education Programmes (CEP)

  • Short Learning Courses that are accredited and provide professional development, to upskill existing employees within the industry and to provide niche development programmes for the tourism and hospitality sector.

Requirements

  • Applicants are invited to apply for CEP programmes depending on age, pervious educational levels and industry experience.
  • Duration – Less than a year OR Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

 

School of Tourism and Hospitality ​​​​Contact

General and Administration Enquiries
STH Administration Reception
Tel | +27(0)11 559 1038
E-mail: sthadmin@uj.ac.za
Banqueting Enquiries and Bookings
STH Kerzner Banqueting Reception
Tel | +27(0)11 559 1141/2
E-mail: sthreception1@uj.ac.za
Undergraduate Enquiries
Tel l +27(0) 11 559 1051
STH Admin Building, Reception
Rakgadi Tsosane
Postgraduate Enquiries
Tel l +27 (0) 11 559 1595
STH Admin Building, Office 2
Jeneshri Naicker     Email: jeneshrin@uj.ac.za
Design Café
Tel l +27(0)11 559 1041
STH Design Café, FADA                                         Quincy Hlongwane
E-mail: qhlongwane@uj.ac.za