World famous culinary arts and hospitality school, Le Cordon Bleu, in collaboration with Southern Cross University have launched an exciting new online postgraduate degree for ‘foodies,’ the Master of Gastronomic Tourism (MGT). The only post graduate degree of its kind available in Australia, the MGT offers flexibility for mature age students, professionals and tourism industry personnel seeking further education delivered entirely online to anywhere in the world.
Le Cordon Bleu’s Educational Leadership Manager, Dr Roger Haden believes the time is ripe for the new program: “Sustainable production, provision and enjoyment of quality food and drink are revitalising local communities around the world, with obvious relevance for the tourism and hospitality experience. This degree caters to those with a combined sense of gastronomic passion, business initiative and social conscience. It is an important and timely extension of our current culinary and hospitality management education portfolio.”
“Gastronomic tourism is helping to revive rural ways of life and strengthen cultural traditions. It is a growing market sector fostering employment in hospitality and artisan food and wine production and an area of increasing interest for study” Dr Haden adds.
The program will immerse students in the essentials of ‘the gastronomic tourism experience’. Industry professionals and those seeking to work in food & wine media or gastronomic tourism will greatly benefit from taking all, or selected, subjects in the degree program, with many opportunities to focus on areas of particular interest. Graduates will be entrepreneurial, ethical and multidisciplinary in outlook, yet grounded in the realities of running a successful food tourism business or event” he says.
“Le Cordon Bleu is very pleased to be working with Southern Cross University, who will deliver the Master of Gastronomic Tourism online. Southern Cross University was a pioneer in the development of tourism and hospitality degrees and is a leading provider of distance education in Australia. They were a logical choice of partner for Le Cordon Bleu” confirms Dr Haden.
Students with internet access, a computer and a passion for gastronomy will be able to study the program from anywhere in the world, networking with like-minded individuals and studying topics ranging from sustainability and food security to contemporary trends in cuisine and culinary arts; from food writing for media to the history of gastronomy and the restaurant; and from small business management to entrepreneurship and the application of ethical business practices in tourism operations. Graduates of the program will work in hospitality, writing, media and tourism.
The Master of Gastronomic Tourism will commence in May 2012. The first two units that students will study are Food & Drink in Contemporary Society and Gastronomic Tourism. Students can opt to study full-time (two units per trimester) or part-time (one unit per trimester) or can simply study single units of interest. Applicants with a bachelor degree can gain direct entry. Applications from individuals without academic qualifications will also be considered based on relevant expertise and specialist experience.
Applications are now open. Students are encouraged to register your interest for further information.