The integration of Graduate Attributes within the hospitality management curriculum at higher education institutions

Authors

  • Ngizimisele Mosho Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Tshinakaho Nyathela-Sunday Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Oswald Mhlanga Cape Peninsula University of Technology

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.34190/ictr.7.1.2143

Keywords:

Graduate attributes, hospitality curriculum, higher education institutions

Abstract

South African institutions of higher learning are responsible for producing graduates who are well-prepared for the demands of the world of work. To meet this imperative, universities have adopted the use of graduate attributes (GAs) to develop and showcase their graduates’ skills and competencies. Furthermore, the current economic landscape places pressure on universities to produce highly skilled and employable graduates. Despite the recognised significance of GAs, lecturers often encounter difficulties when attempting to integrate them into the curriculum. The problem (gap), however, is that lecturers find it difficult to integrate these GAs for various reasons, including a lack of comprehensive understanding, effective teaching methods, and reliable assessment strategies of GAs. Moreover, the absence of structured training programs for lecturers on how to integrate GAs into the curriculum is a hindrance to the GAs’ successful implementation. This paper aims to determine the extent to which the GAs have been implemented within the hospitality curriculum in South Africa. A desktop review study was conducted and analysed according to identified themes. The findings propose developing the framework, a guiding tool, that will enable academic institutions to integrate GAs into their curriculum.

Author Biographies

Ngizimisele Mosho, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Mrs Ngizimisele Mosho is the Food and Beverage Operations Manager (Acting) at the Cape Town Hotel School Restaurant, Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She is currently busy with her Doctorate in Business Management Science: Hospitality Management at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Her research interests are in hospitality management and hospitality education.

Tshinakaho Nyathela-Sunday, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Dr Tshinakaho Nyathela-Sunday is a Senior Lecturer at Cape Town Hotel School, Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Also, responsible for research and internationalisation coordinator. She serves on various internal and external committees. She is a researcher in hospitality management and related fields. She has participated in various international conferences and has published journal articles.

Oswald Mhlanga, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Dr Oswald Mhlanga is the Director of the Cape Town Hotel School at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa. His area of research includes the digital economy, and hospitality education and management. He has over the past decade published over 60 scientific articles in local and international journals.

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Published

2024-03-11