Testimonial10/06/2022 2022-11-08 12:51
My journey at UTM is definitely one I will cherish for life. Coming from Rodrigues Island where the tourism sector was blooming, three years ago, I chose UTM to pursue my studies in Tourism and Hospitality Management. These years have acted like stepping stones for me in understanding the basics of the tourism industry. The course introduced me to the world of Marketing, Business Communication, Financial Accounting, Statistics, Principles and Practice of Management, Accommodation Management, Human Resource Management, Services Marketing and Management, and Life Skills and Good Practices amongst others. The modules were challenging, but thankfully the lecturers were very supportive and provided relevant materials for their modules. The course fed my knowledge on the vital concept of sustainability and the importance of sustainable development in the tourism industry. I particularly enjoyed that the course provided the opportunity to learn a new language, which is a real advantage in the tourism sector. The course also took me out of my comfort zone; I remember when along with my team we had to organize the end of year lunch of UTM at Hilton Mauritius Resort and Spa as part of the Conference and Event Management module. This module gave me the opportunity to learn how to plan and organize an event from scratch by applying theory in real life and the event turned out to be a success. One of the most challenging part of my journey was the last semester where I had to work on my dissertation, do my work placement and cope with other modules. I know that the dissertation part sounds scary but rest assured; the module Research Methods for Tourism and Hospitality will prep you for that and moreover UTM makes sure to provide its students with the best dissertation supervisors who will guide you throughout. The last semester was also the period where I grew the most; I had the opportunity to dive into real-time experiences and acquire pre-professional work experience in the tourism and hospitality sector through the work placement required to fulfil the degree. The three years were far from easy, but definitely worth it when you get the final results. On a final note, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to UTM, SSDT and the amazing lecturers I worked with for giving me the opportunity to excel in the sector of my interest.
It is often said that we never stop learning. In fact, during my last 3 years of studying for a Ba(Hons) in Communication, I have not only learned the basics. I also developed a way of thinking and reacting through experiences and practices.
During my primary and high school education, I was not the girl who was always on the top three podiums. I was the one with too many ideas and lots of energy. Therefore, thinking that the University of Technology, Mauritius would be a repetition of my preceding experience, I enrolled in the programme, keeping my fingers crossed. But it was a real surprise! I was amazed to find out that my qualities and present work submitted prevailed over everything else. The aim during all modules and lectures is to prepare students for the qualities and qualifications that either employers, or them, as entrepreneurs, will be looking for when recruiting the workforce.
I will always remember the warmth and kindness of the lecturers, staff and non-teaching staff at the university, the help and support of my classmate and friend, and for the record, of the sleepless nights spent perfecting my assignments. It was not all rosy and simple, but I will keep this in mind and conclude by telling you this; Always embark on a journey where you will feel that every day is a new adventure, experience, lessons, and opportunities. For some, it may be trial and error. But at the end of the day, it will help you learn and grow.
The journey set forth when I joined the University of Technology, Mauritius, in 2019, to study Tourism & Hospitality Management, to broaden my knowledge of the industry, while developing my academic & professional skills. What inspired me to join the industry is the endeavour to have a dynamic and challenging life.
My experience at UTM has been tremendously enriching and rewarding. The rigor of the program was challenging, but achievable, through the guidance and support of the lecturers, to whom my mere expression of thanks likewise does not suffice. The latter is not only focused on the academic growth of their students but, also on their personal growth. The BTHM program has offered me the opportunity to develop an insight into career paths in the industry and to build professional networks through the diverse assignments, research, and project works given to us. Most importantly, it has improved my work readiness through its work placement module by ensuring a smooth transition from student life to the world of work. I can proudly say that these three years have not only broadened my academic knowledge, but it has also turned me into a responsible, disciplined, and mature individual, always ready to take up new challenges.
Shortly after the successful completion of this course, I was able to acquire a full-time position in a 5-star hotel. This course is opening many doors of opportunity at the national and international plan for me. My words of wisdom and encouragement to current students and future students willing to study at the University of Technology, Mauritius, would be, “Study is a long-term investment, the more you learn, the more you earn’’.
University is much more than just learning about a subject; it is about getting a lifelong experience in just a few years and doing things that you might never be able to do again. Every little thing in this world provides you with an experience and it highly depends on how YOU take that experience and execute it. My three years at the University of Technology, Mauritius have been excellent and a memory to cherish for lifetime. I personally treasure my study program – BSc (Hons) Tourism and Hospitality Management for being varied, diverse and having excellent course content like marketing, financial accounting, HRM, service operations management and travel management. And who knows that one day I might be working as a hotel or PR manager, financial executive, event organizer or travel agent. The program has undoubtedly revealed and inspired my true passion for tourism. Being a UTM student, I did receive lots of opportunities to groom myself and many thanks to the efforts of the School of Sustainable Development and Tourism (SSDT) and the ever inspiring and passionate in their field lecturers who helped me to recognize the talented part of myself. Being the Vice Class Representative of my cohort BTHM19AFT has boosted my inner confidence, approachability towards others and certainly the leadership quality. UTM has not only motivated me to be strong academically but has also helped me to be a better ME in life. I feel proud to be part of UTM and I am thankful to this institution for making me strong for professional careers ahead.
“A guidance to success in IT”
The skills and experience I acquired during my BSc (Hons) Web Technologies at the University Of Technology, Mauritius made me an excellent candidate in my third year itself. This course requires the student to do an internship during the third year and that’s how I started my First Job as a Full Stack Developer. It was an enriching experience to be working while studying full time. My favourite part of this course was when I worked on my final year project, a health system and I could implement all the knowledge I got from this course to build it from scratch, working effortlessly until it became a success. I enjoyed my classes and lectures, they were all challenging in their own ways and with the help, the proper attention and the continuous support of my dedicated lecturers, I finally graduated from the University in 2019. It went by so fast yet I gained so much. Each hassel during this journey was worth the tassel!