The Hellenic Open University and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts signed a Memorandum for the joint promotion of scientific and administrative cooperation between the two entities.

In the context of the implementation of the Memorandum, special emphasis will be placed on the cooperation between Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the largest hotel franchising company in the world, and the Postgraduate Programme of Studies “Tourism Business Management” of the Hellenic Open University.

Indicatively, the scope of cooperation includes:

-The development of broader scientific and research partnerships.

-The joint organization of scientific and other activities (e.g. workshops, events, etc.)

-The implementation of educational and research actions and innovative initiatives.

-The transfer of know-how between the two entities.

-Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ contribution to the submission of proposals for fields directly related to the job market and the needs of the tourism market, which can lead to the introduction of new subject areas and subjects in the relevant curricula of the School of Social Sciences of the Hellenic Open University.

-The organization of communication and information activities on the working conditions and professional opportunities for graduates of the School of Social Sciences of the Hellenic Open University.

Vassilis Themelidis

The Associate Rector of the School of Social Sciences of the Hellenic Open University and Director of the Postgraduate Programme of Studies “Tourism Business Administration (TBA)” Dr. Dimitris Stergios said, “It is with great pleasure and satisfaction that I welcome the new collaboration with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. I am confident that the joint actions that have been agreed with our new partner are fully in line with our common goal of providing value to our students, the tourism job market and society at large. The strengthening of relations between the academic community and the tourism business community, which this Memorandum of Cooperation supports, is an important step in this direction.”

Dimitris Stergiou

On his behalf, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ Regional Director for Southern and Eastern Europe, Mr. Vassilis Themelidis said: “Having set high goals in the hospitality industry on a global level, we are particularly pleased for the cooperation we have started with the Hellenic Open University to implement joint actions on an educational and research level and to highlight the potential of the industry as an excellent career option for students. The academic community with its scientific knowledge can offer a lot to the hotel industry. Similarly, the hospitality sector, by recording and communicating to targeted academic channels the needs of the market, can lead to the introduction of new subject areas in the curricula”.

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