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Tourism Authority of Thailand partnership with BU

A delegation from the Tourism Authority of Thailand came to Bournemouth University on 12 March to discuss developing a partnership with our School of Tourism.

The Thai party included Manit Boonchim, the Executive Director of the Planning Department.

Professor Dimitrios Buhalis from the School of Tourism said: “This is a great opportunity for cooperation between Bournemouth University and the Tourism Authority of Thailand. We look forward to the benefits this will bring to our students and academics as we develop this partnership in the future.”

Bournemouth University academics will deliver courses, seminars and conference based on our world-leading research from the School of Tourism. Our students will also have the opportunity to travel to Thailand to work on placements, gaining valuable experience and knowledge that will help boost their careers.

The visit to BU finished with a chance for the delegation of seven from the Tourism Authority to meet with students from Thailand who study at BU.

In the future students from Thailand will work on research at BU on tourism in Thailand, using their knowledge of their home country as a base.

The delegation also heard about BU’s involvement with the National Coastal Tourism Academy and there are plans that a similar academy may be set up in Thailand modelled on this.

Professor Buhalis added: “The visit was a great success and we were very flattered that The Tourism Authority of Thailand travelled to England exclusively to see BU as they recognise us as a global leader in tourism marketing and management.

“We are very pleased to be developing our links in a country known for the quality of its education system, as well as its stunning tourism attractions and friendly people. This partnership will benefit both BU and Thailand going forward.”




BU leaps up 14 places in The Sunday Times league table


Bournemouth University has leapt up 14 places in The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014.

The report on 22 September highlighted the fact that BU is the first university to have been “commended” for the quality of student learning opportunities by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) – the highest award possible.

Professor John Vinney, Vice-Chancellor of Bournemouth University said: “I am very proud that BU has made such a big leap up The Sunday Times League table, especially coming so soon on the heels of the QAA commending the quality of our student learning opportunities.

“We are working hard at the University to provide inspirational teaching, world-class research and strong links with the professions to create forward thinking graduates with the skills and flexibility to succeed throughout their career – wherever it may take them. It is very satisfying to see this work being recognised and we look forward to further advances up the league tables.”

The feature also focused on the fact that every undergraduate honours degree student at BU is promised a work placement of typically 40 weeks and claimed that our degrees in public relations, retail management, scriptwriting and tax law were all ahead of their time.

The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for the National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) also was given a deserved mention.

BU was one of the top five universities in the UK to have gained the biggest leaps up in the league table as we moved to 67th.


Construction of BU’s state-of-the-art Student Centre is now underway


Professor John Vinney, University Vice-Chancellor, and Sue Sutherland OBE, University Board Chair, were joined by key people from construction firm Willmott Dixon to ceremonially break the ground that will become home to the six-storey, glass-fronted centre.

The £10.5 million facility will provide significant additional learning space and become the new home to the Students’ Union at BU (SUBU).

Professor Vinney said: “We are committed to providing world-class facilities for our students and this building will provide just that.”

“Students expect modern, fit-for-purpose facilities that promote learning and generate a rich experience and this fantastic new building will meet their aspirations.”

The new Student Centre will include learning and leisure facilities, offices for SUBU, social learning spaces, radio and media studios, a student advice centre, meeting space, accessible open-plan areas for student-focused services and a café.

The new centre will give SUBU much more opportunity to increase engagement and involvement in its activities.

Louise Bryant, SUBU President, said: “This is fantastic news for the Students’ Union and all students who will come to study here.

“SUBU offers advice, representation, and a whole range of extracurricular activities for students including clubs, societies and volunteering.

“This new centre will not only make it easier for students to access all of these services but it will also provide them with more space to learn, study and socialise.”

The Student Centre is expected to be fully operational by spring 2015.

Computer-generated image of what the new Student Centre will look like when it is fully operational in spring 2015

Computer-generated image of what the new Student Centre will look like