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Leeds Beckett tourism student wins coveted award


A Leeds Beckett University tourism student has won a coveted award in his home country of Zimbabwe.

Adiel Mambara

Adiel Mambara, an MSc Travel Business Leadership student by distance learning, has won the award of Professional of the Year 2017 from the Zimbabwe Achievers Award committee. He is Country Manager, UK and Ireland, for Royal Brunei Airlines and is studying part-time online; he is due to graduate in July.

Speaking about the award, Adiel said: “The recognition is a testimony about my progress and career development in the UK, and most importantly; the award was voted by thousands of Zimbabweans and judged by the highest level of professionals in a number of fields.”

Professor Rhodri Thomas, Dean of the School of Events, Tourism, Hospitality and Languages, said: “We are delighted that one of our students has won this award. The achievement is, of course, Adiel’s and we congratulate him wholeheartedly. I think we should also acknowledge Trish Coll and the Course Team who can be pleased with their contribution to his professional development. It reflects the School’s goal of providing high quality education that helps students gain employment and promotion, and informs their practice.”

The MSc Travel Business Leadership course is a bespoke online, distance learning travel course, which allows students to study whenever they want and anywhere in the world, allowing flexibility around work pressures, family priorities and travel. It was written and designed by experts from the travel industry and is specifically designed for experienced travel managers who have spent years gaining valuable expertise within the industry. Students are able to ‘trade-in’ their experiences and apply for the course.

Trish Coll, Course Leader, added: “I would like to express our delight and honour at being part of Adiel’s learning journey. This reward reflects his dynamic, dedication and professionalism. It is particularly significant at this time because Adiel is completing his final analysis of findings for his responsible tourism dissertation, his final module. We look forward to celebrating his graduation this July and watching him flourish in the future.”

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