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** Colorado State University’s Masters of Tourism Management program is an official affiliate of UNWTO

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.

UNWTO encourages the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, to maximize tourism’s socio-economic contribution while minimizing its possible negative impacts, and is committed to promoting tourism as an instrument in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), geared towards reducing poverty and fostering sustainable development worldwide.

UNWTO generates market knowledge, promotes competitive and sustainable tourism policies and instruments, fosters tourism education and training, and works to make tourism an effective tool for development through technical assistance projects in over 100 countries around the world.

UNWTO’s membership includes 157 countries, 6 Associate Members and over 480 Affiliate Members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities.



For more than a century Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources (WCNR) has played a leadership role in research, teaching, training and technical assistance related to the understanding and management of the world’s natural resources. Within the college, the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department focuses on understanding and attending to the needs and values of humans, human society, and culture as it relates to the natural environment.

Faculty in the WCNR at CSU pioneered efforts in the study and application of human dimensions of natural resources (HDNR) in the early 1970’s and by 1992 they established a “Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Unit” which is now the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department.

The mission of the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department is to contribute to the conservation, stewardship and enjoyment of natural and cultural resources and the management of those resources in a way that produces both land health and sustainable human benefits.The Department offers an MS and a PhD in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. Four concentrations are offered in the undergraduate program: Protected Areas Management, Global Tourism, Natural Resource Tourism and Environmental Communication. The department is one of seven programs in the United States that offers a comprehensive bachelor’s, masters, and doctoral program. It also:

  • Houses the Center for Protected Area Management and Training which provides technical assistance, training, and research opportunities for protected area managers and students in over 25 countries from Latin America
  • Houses the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Unit which is currently conducting research to examine: wildlife values in the Western US; public acceptability of wild land fire management; effects of chronic wasting disease on hunter participation; sustainable development in Europe’s protected areas; and carrying capacity in Yosemite National Park.
  • Operates the 212-acre Environmental Learning Center in Fort Collins that provides opportunities for faculty and students to conduct fieldwork, experiential education, and research and serves more than 3,200 people annually.
  • Is home of the innovative new interdisciplinary educational program known as Conservation Leadership Through Learning.

Central China Normal University (CCNU)

Wuhan Branch of China Tourism Academy

College of Urban and Environmental Science (CUES)

Wuhan Branch of China Tourism Academy is approved and established by China National Tourism Administration and China Tourism Academy. It is the only branch established in a university. Wuhan Branch of China Tourism Academy is devoted to theoretical and practical research areas highlighting regional development, tourism resource development and protection, as well as tourism information technology. Wuhan Branch of China Academy has commissioned hundreds of state level, provincial level, and business research projects. It has played a leading role in tourism and regional development research, training, and technical support. Meanwhile, the faculty of Wuhan Branch also take teaching responsibilities in the College of Urban and Environmental Science (CUES) of Central China Normal University (CCNU). CUES focuses on relationship and interaction research between humans and nature. It has undertaken a series of unique multidisciplinary academic and planning programs featuring tourism, geography, management, economics, ecology, and GIS, among others.

The University of Pisa is a public institution boasting twenty departments, with high level research centers in the sectors of agriculture, astrophysics, computer science, engineering, medicine and veterinary medicine. Furthermore the University has close relations with the Pisan Institutes of the National Board of Research, with many cultural institutions of national and international importance, and with industry, especially that of information technology, which went through a phase of rapid expansion in Pisa during the nineteen sixties and seventies. It was officially established in 1343, although a number of scholars claim its origin dates back to the 11th century.

The Degree Program in Sciences in Tourism is directed towards the economic aspect of the tourism market but with a focus also in communication and intercultural exchanges. The course is strongly oriented to inter-disciplinary contents and teaching methods with a focus on specific subjects including: economy, marketing and management, history and art, law and foreign languages, sociology and anthropology. The Campus formula – characterized by limited enrollment and mandatory attendance –allows intensive and personalized instruction, in continuous contact with dedicated professors and tutors. The connection to the world of tourist institutions, businesses and professions is constantly pursued and emphasized, through internships and study tours.

The University of Sassari, founded in 1562, is a public university, where academic offer is based on a wide array of study programs, multidisciplinary teaching and high quality scientific research. Consisting of eleven faculties and over 40 departments, the University of Sassari was ranked as Italy’s best “medium-sized” university (Censis Research Institute., 2009).

The Faculty of the Department of Architecture in Alghero was established in 2002 as the first school of architecture in Sardinia. In 2009 the department was voted to have the best faculties of Architecture in Italy by the CENSIS evaluation. The Department of Architecture provides the best international experience for the quality of teaching, quality of research and the quality of life for its students. Their educational projects are measured by local issues on Sardinia and in Alghero and  is an international environment perfect for forming relationships between architects, urban planners, planners, designers, teachers, scholars and Italian and foreign students. The Laboratorio di Analisi e Modelli per la Pianificazione or LAMP (Laboratory of Analysis and Models for Urban Planning) and other research groups within the Department of Architecture, Design and Town Planning have developed many activities linked to the comprehension of the touristic phenomenon for regional policies.

The University of Derby’s reputation for industry-relevant degree programs offer their 34,000 students unparalleled opportunities to gain professional work experience alongside their studies. They’ve invested around £100 million over the past five years in some of the best university facilities you’ll find in the UK to ensure their students get the hands-on practical skills and experience employers are looking for.

The Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management courses are in the top 10 in the UK, as ranked by the Guardian University Guide 2017. Derby is accredited by the Tourism Management Institute and a member of the Institute of Travel & Tourism. The campus in Buxton sits on the edge of the Northern Powerhouse and the Peak District National Park, an area thriving with tourism businesses, providing unique opportunities for real world learning.