The Master of Tourism Destination Management was assessed at the request of Breda University of Applied Sciences (BU). A committee was convened and approved by NVAO. The committee studied the self-evaluation report and undertook a site visit on 18 and 19 November 2019 in Breda.
Standard 1: Intended internationalisation
The programme receives the assessment good on Standard 1.
The committee concludes that the programme has clear internationalisation goals which are adequately documented and well suited to a master’s programme in Tourism Destination Management. The goals are widely shared and supported by stakeholders both within and outside the programme. The committee notes that the goals include measures which undoubtedly contribute to the quality of teaching and learning. The internationalisation goals are adequately operationalised in objectives at programme level and at BUas level, which are sufficiently verifiable to allow the monitoring of the achievement of these goals.
Standard 2: International and intercultural learning
The programme receives the assessment satisfactory on Standard 2.
The committee concludes that the intended learning outcomes are validated internationally. In addition, the intended learning outcomes are explicitly related to the development of the international and intercultural skills necessary for working in the international professional field of tourism destination management. The assessment methods used are fitting for measuring the achievement of the international and intercultural intended learning outcomes and the graduates demonstrably achieve these learning outcomes. The committee notes however that assessments of these skills is quite implicit.
Standard 3: Teaching and Learning
The programme receives the assessment good on Standard 3.
The committee concludes that the content and the structure of the curriculum provide effective means for achieving its international and intercultural intended learning outcomes. In addition, the teaching methods are fitting. The committee also concludes that the international learning environment provides ample conditions for achieving the international and intercultural intended learning outcomes.
Standard 4: Staff
The programme receives the assessment good on Standard 4.
Based on the site-visit and the documents studied, the committee concludes that the staff involved in the programme is competent and internationally oriented. This facilitates the achievement of the international and intercultural intended learning outcomes. In addition, the composition of the staff reflects the international focus of the programme and lecturers have ample international professional experiences. The HRM policy facilitates professional development, the realisation of personal ambitions and ample services for lecturers that correspond to the staff composition.
Standard 5: Students
The programme receives the assessment good on Standard 5.
The committee establishes that the composition of the student group is in line with (and exceeding) BUas’s internationalisation goals. In addition, the committee concludes that ample internationalisation experience and extensive services are available for international students.
To conclude, the committee considers the international character of the master’s programme Tourism Destination Management programme to be good. Internationalisation is very well implemented in Breda and abroad and based on internationally recognised and verifiable goals. The range of experiences and services for both staff and students is extensive. The composition of staff is good. The committee concludes that internationalisation is part of the dna of the programme and the institute.