Department of Transport and tourism studies

Welcome message from Head of Department

The Department of Transport and Tourism Studies was one of the six departments that made up the College of Management Sciences, Redeemer’s University, upon establishment in 2005. Since its establishment, the department has been a trailblazer. It is one of the earliest to offer students the opportunity of studying Tourism, Travel and Hospitality (TTH) programme as a first degree course in any Nigerian University. The programme is now offered as B.Sc Tourism Studies. In 2008 the department also got approval from the National University Commission (NUC) to admit students for its BSc Transport and Logistics Management programme, and started that programme in 2009/2010 session.

About these Programmes

The two undergraduate programmes run by the Department are taught by faculty members who have varied and diverse backgrounds in training, researches and industrial experiences. These include  scholars in Ecotourism, Nutrition and Hospitality Studies, Archaeology and Cultural Tourism, Food Science and Technology, Geography, Geographical Information System (GIS), Engineering, Transport Studies, Tourism Studies, Supply Chain Management, and Urban and Regional Planning. Scholars in such cognate disciplines as Economics, Business Management, Marketing, Accounting, Psychology, Political Science and Sociology, also join in moulding the students academically and professionally.

The method of lecture delivery in the department is a mixed grill of theoretical and practical based approach, and this is done by the deployment of contemporary technologies in the fields of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as evidenced in the availability of three well equipped laboratories/studios in the Department for practical teaching. These are the Hospitality Kitchen/Restaurant where students are given hands on experience on confectionaries, local and international cuisines; the Tourism Studio where various tourism artifacts, ecotourism, cultural and artistic models are used as practical guides for teaching, and the Transport and Logistics Management Laboratory which has a well equipped simulation laboratory with both generic GIS softwares and a GIS-T specific software (TransCad Base 6.0).

All this is complemented by an avalanche of up-to-date print and electronic library resources with thousands of titles in books, journals, monographs, encyclopedias and allied publications. The curricular of the two programmes also lay huge premium on the ‘town-gown’ collaboration. To this end, field tours/study trips and industrial trainings are compulsory courses for students before graduation. For example, students in the two programmes are expected to undertake a national tour/study trip to industries/ organizations where they can have a first hand experience on entrepreneurship and industrial setup, while international tour/study trips are also undertaken to provide international exposure and a basis for comparative analysis.

The Department also runs internationally certified professional programmes which students are expected to partake in. The Department is in partnership with the Council for Regulation of Freight Forwarding In Nigeria (CRFFN) to run the International Diploma programme, and the International Higher Diploma, in Freight Forwarding and Supply Chain Management moderated by the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA)/ Council for Regulation of Freight Forwarding In Nigeria (CRFFN). The Department has also been certified to run professional programmes for the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). These certification programmes promote professionalization as well as prompt entrepreneurial abilities and skills in the students while running their programmes as undergraduates. A major goal in this direction is to ensure that on completion of their B.Sc degree programme, they obtain the University degree certificate, and the professional certification simultaneously.

The Department along with the cognate departments in the College of Management Sciences, is hopeful of commencing graduate studies at diploma, professional and academic masters, and at the MPhil/Ph.D, Ph.D levels, in the next one session or so after obtaining necessary approvals. The emphasis in graduate studies will be, Hospitality and Tourism Management; Supply Chain Management, and Transport and Logistics Management. In this connection, the Department will from 2014/2015 academic session offer these three options in the collegiate Master of Business Administration programme (MBA), and also the Postgraduate Diploma in Management.

It gladdens our hearts that the feed backs we are getting from our alumni and employers of labour tell us that all these efforts are not in vain (there are some testimonials in the article section below).

We welcome you to explore our site and feel free to e-mail us by using the departmental contact provided, for any information and suggestions regarding any of our prorammes,

Thank you

Olumakinde O. ODUGBEMI Ph.D

Professor and Head of Department.

headtts@run.edu.ng

 

 

EVENTS

  1. Our 200 level Tourism studies students usually go for their annual National Tourism Tours between March and April.

  2. The 300 level Tourism Studies Students do have their international field tour in December. Students in 200 and 300 levels in Transport and Logistics Management also go on their study trips at nearly the same period though with at least a week interval from the dates for the Tourism Studies students tours.

  3. The annual student week holds in November of each year.  The annual routine of inviting professionals, policy makers and other stakeholders in the two fields to seminars by the student’s association (as guided by the Department) to deepen the ‘town-gown’ interaction/ collaboration.

  4. The annual cultural evening organized by the students  holds in May, where Nigerian and foreign cultural dresses, and cuisines are celebrated and enjoyed by our students and their invited guests to round off their student association week.

 

 
Our Programmes
Transport And Tourism Studies Undergraduate Programmes
 
Key Contact

Olumakinde O. ODUGBEMI Ph.D

Professor and Head of Department.

headtts@run.edu.ng