21st February 2011, /www.lankabusinessonline.com
Sri Lanka's Colombo University has started a Master's program in tourism to cater to the need for highly qualified professionals in the industry which is growing fast after the end of a 30-year war.
"Now that the tourism industry is picking up fast there is a need for advanced qualifications on par with the rest of the world," program co-ordinator Suranga de Silva said.
"The program will provide enhanced and required manpower of tourism and hospitality industry with academic recognition and professional excellence."
De Silva, who has a doctorate in tourism economics, is also the director general Sri Lanka Institute of Hotel Management.
The Department of Economics at Colombo University is now calling for applications for the Master's program and also a post graduate diploma in tourism economics and hotel management.
The first year of the two year program will be on the postgraduate diploma and the second year will be cover the Master's programme.
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