Haaga-Helia is the second biggest university of applied sciences in Finland. Through education, research and development, Haaga-Helia prepares professionals in business and services offering students a versatile choice of studies, opportunities for specialization, high quality education in Finnish and English and wide business networks.

The 10 000 students and 600 employees at Haaga-Helia base their activities on highly advanced national and international expertise.

Haaga-Helia’s profile and core competencies are in the areas of business development, entrepreneurship, sales and service innovations, digital and creative solutions, and pedagogy.   Offered fields of education are business management, hotel, restaurant and tourism management, information and communication technology (ICT), journalism, modern languages and management assistant training, sports management and VET teacher education for undergraduate programmes.

Haaga-Helia offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as a wide offering of complementary training, including the Vocational Teacher Programme (60 credits) and training tailored for companies’ needs.  

University Of Johannesburg

UJ is a multicultural and dynamic university located in Johannesburg. UJ has transformed into a diverse, inclusive, transformational and collegial institution, with a student population of over 50 000, of which more than 3000 are international students from 80 countries.

This makes UJ one of the largest contact universities in South Africa (SA) from the 26 public universities that make up the higher education system. Recognised as the country's second strongest brand, UJ offers world-class, internationally recognised academic programmes based on curricula informed by cutting-edge developments in both undergraduate and postgraduate education, and that are designed to prepare students for the world of work and for global citizenship. Our curriculum is increasingly reflective of previously marginalised scholarship that talks to a transformation and decolonisation agenda, with Africa at its core.

The University has 8 Faculties and four campuses, including the Soweto Campus. The research output for the STH has grown exponentially over the last few years. The School of Tourism and Hospitality (STH) is Africa’s leading institution of higher learning in the field of Tourism and Hospitality. STH is currently ranked number 1 in Africa in the QS Rankings for Hospitality and Leisure Studies. Globally, STH is ranked 20th out of 100 Tourism and Hospitality Schools. Totally, the STH has approximately 20 faculty members and 441 Diploma students, 311 Degree students, 60 Masters  and 16 PhD students. STH has strong links to the tourism and hospitality sector via its dynamic Alumni network and industry partnerships.

STH’s programme offering includes both vocational diplomas and degrees with that articulate into post-graduate qualifications including a PGDip, Masters and PhD. The STH also offers Continuous Education Programmes (CEP) that are accredited and provide professional development to upskill existing employees within the industry; and to provide niche development programmes for the sector.

University Of Oulu

UO is a multidisciplinary university with 16 000 students and app. 3000 employees located in the northern of Finland. The university has eight faculties which range from humanities and medicine to business, science and technology.


The structure of the University and its wide collaboration network allows it to build multidisciplinary projects, conduct high level research and contribute to solving global challenges in the following five focus areas: 1. Creating sustainability through materials and systems; 2. Molecular and environmental basis for lifelong health; 3. Digital solutions in sensing and interactions; 4. Earth and near-space system and environmental change and 5. Understanding humans in change.


UO has a proven track record of participating in the EU Framework programmes throughout their evolution since FP4. UO emphasizes ethical principles in all research activities by respecting both national and European legislation and follows the principles set in the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity.


The participating unit of the UO is the Geography Research Unit (Department) ( The Unit has five key research and educational focus areas: Regional Development and Regional Policy; Geoinformatics; Physical Geography; Regional and Political Geography; and Tourism Geographies.

Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) is a Higher Education Corporation (HEC) as defined under the Education Reform Act of 1988 in the UK. The powers of the HEC include the power to provide higher and further education and to carry out research and to publish the results of such research.

SHU's principal areas of business are higher education, research, consultancy and continuous professional development. SHU's vision is to be the world's leading applied university, achieving outstanding outcomes for our students and our city, and showing the world what a university genuinely focused on transforming lives can achieve. The University has four teaching faculties - including 18 academic departments - based across two campuses.

SHU is one of the largest universities in the UK, with 30,633 students (24,937 undergraduates and 5696 postgraduates), 4,910 members of staff (including 1530 academic staff), and a turnover of £276.6m million in 2017/18.The University recruits a large proportion of students from South Yorkshire, UK, which has one of the lowest rates of participation in HE in the UK. Most of our undergraduates come from state schools or colleges and from low participation neighborhoods.

SHU is one of the UK's largest providers of health and social care courses, teacher training, and sport and physical activity courses. We are also home to one of the UK's oldest established art and design institutions. Our most popular subject area is business and administrative studies. We have 47 partners in the UK and 11 overseas partners.

University Of Zululand

University of Zululand in South Africa is geographically located in a rural area of KwaZulu-Natal. Most of our students are coming from educationally disadvantaged background, and are first-generation university entrants.

Our goals are reflected in the University Strategic Plan of 2016-2021: 1. improve governance through enhanced operations to support the academic enterprise and ensure sustainability; 2. enhance the quality and profile of our graduates. Develop ways to manage the national, regional, and international reputation of the university; 3. create a quality teaching and learning environment as a comprehensive university; 4. enhance research and innovation; 5. accelerate infrastructure development.

In 2018, we had a total of 16,446 undergraduate students, and 1,499 postgraduate student; giving rise to a total of 17,945 students. The University has 4 faculties (Arts, Commerce and Law and Administration, Science and Agriculture, and Education). The Department of Recreation and Tourism falls under the Faculty of Arts. We offer Bachelor of Tourism Studies, Postgraduate Diploma in Recreation and Tourism, Master of Recreation and Tourism (Coursework), Master of Arts in Tourism (Full Research), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Recreation and Tourism.

We have about 377 undergraduate students, and 54 postgraduate students. Students are not only equipped with the skills to enter the job market, but are also prepared for self-employment, consultancy, and business leadership in tourism and other related fields. We strongly connect with our stakeholders (Government, non-government, local communities and businesses) in refining our programme offerings and supporting our students. 

University Of Pretoria

The University of Pretoria (UP) is one of the leading research-intensive higher education institutions in South Africa. There are nine faculties at UP, namely the faculties of (i) Economic and Management Sciences, (ii) Education, (iii) Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, (iv) Health Sciences, (v) Humanities, (vi) Law, (vii) Natural and Agricultural Sciences, (viii) Theology, and (ix) Veterinary Science.

The faculties are made up of 120 academic departments and 93 centres,  bureaux and institutes and 49 Chairs. As a research-intensive institution UP collaborates with other research institutions nationally and internationally. We boast a high number of rated researchers   (507) according to the National Research Foundation (NRF).

The NRF is the guardian of a rating system that rigorously and fairly defines world-class researchers. Our 15 A-rated researchers are recognised as leading international scholars in their field for the high quality and impact of recent research outputs. Our Y-rated scientists number 86, indicating a high ratio of promising young researchers, which bodes well for our pipeline of talent. The NRF defines Y-rated researchers as scientists under the age of 35 who show the potential to become the country’s future innovators.

The University files around 10 South African provisional patent applications and 15 international applications a year. Three of the socially-responsive inventions that were commercialised in 2017 include hearScreenTM, a smartphone application to test hearing loss, Aita Health, which takes health care into people’s homes, and the Rhinoceros Index System (RhODIS), a DNA database of SA rhinos to curb poaching.

The university attracts over 53 224 (2018) students annually and runs over 1 357 academic programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, 237 degrees, diplomas and certificates. The students are drawn from South Africa as well as from other international countries – of which African countries (and in particular the SADC region students), are the most (of more than 4008 international students).

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