Nearly a year ago, the future of this country was upended when the first case of COVID-19 was reported in South Africa on March 5th. In the time since, we’ve been under several levels of lockdown, witnessed the collapse of certain industries and been forced to reimagine the ways in which we live our lives. March is often seen as the month that signals change and transition. As South Africans gear up for a change in season, THENSA will be host to two important events that will guide us into the quarter of the year. The first is the International Inception Meeting on Tourism Research and Training: A Post COVID-19 Initiative, which will be hosted in partnership with Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) on March 15th via Zoom.

This event will look at the tourism landscape, with the hope of finding solutions to how revive and rejuvenate sector following the COVID-19 pandemic. The second is the official launch of the ‘Higher Education Reform Experts South Africa’ (HERESA) project, which will take place on March 16th at 15:00 in partnership with OBREAL-Global Observatory (Spain). Implemented as a pilot project over a three-year period, HERESA is based on the HERE model in the EU neighbourhood region which has proven to be influential in the Higher Education sector for the last decade. Implemented as a pilot project over three years in the member universities of THENSA, it aims to strengthen and revitalise teaching and learning strategies in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) and teaching for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). If you’d like to attend the HERESA launch, check out the registration link and times below. We wish you a safe, productive and fruitful March!

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