CHAIR OF REGIONAL STUDIES AND TOURISM

 Founded in 1990 the Chair of Regional Studies and Tourism became the first Ukrainian department for training and education for tourism, as well as geographers,  specialized in regional studies.

The Chair carries out education  and training in two spheres:

24 - Services, Specialty 242 Tourism, and

106 - Geography, specialty Political Geography and Geopolitics

both Bachelor and Master, as well as the doctor of philosophy degrees.

The teaching staff of the department includes four professors (DScs - Geographers), nine associate professors (Ph.D. - Geographers), and one assistant (Ph.D. – Geographer) providing basic and professional disciplines under the author's programs. The members of the department issued over 20 manuals and textbooks on tourism studies, geography and regional studies, and political geography.

The Chair includes a training laboratory for geographic information and tourism.

 TOURISM

The Chair educates and trains Bachelors of tourism specialized in "International Tourism" based on full-time programs (three years and nine months) and by correspondence (four years and nine months). Public scholarships are available as well as paid tuition (contractual). Persons having a prior qualification of a junior specialist are admitted for the second year of Bachelor program enrollment. In the framework of Bachelor program, students master the fundamentals of the tourism management and obtain a qualification of the sight-seeing guide. In addition to lecturing the department pays considerable attention to practical training. Students practice field research methods during the first year (tourist-area studies traineeship held in historical destinations of  Kaniv and Taras Hill), active forms of tourism at a traineeship held in "Black Tisza" in the Carpathians during the second year. Guiding skills are mastered at lectures and classes as well as excursions traineeship in the central districts of Kyiv (within the framework of an agreement with the Kyiv city administration). The third year students have traineeship with the leading tour operators of Kiev and Ukraine, travel companies and hotels in Turkey and Bulgaria. The Chair has long-lasting cooperative relations with such leading tour operators of Ukraine as Coral Travel, TPG, TEZ-tour (Turkey) and other smaller tour operators. Students have jobs opportunity with the partner and other companies in the course of training and education. Bachelor-graduates are mostly employed on a specialty.

 Master degree in Tourism (242) has two programs. The one is of education and scientific level (1 year and nine months, full-time) and the other of education and vocational level (one year and four months, by correspondence). The Chair has experience of Double Master Degree with the University of Macerata (Italy) in Design and Management of Tourism Systems (two sets of graduators – the program is temporarily suspended). The program (one year and nine months) in Eno-Gastronomic Recreation and Tourism and Wine Export together with University of Camerino (Italy) is introduced this year. The Double Degree Master programs foresee lectures and classes at both universities under agreed curricular, traineeship in Italy and thesis defense on both specialties. 

Postgraduate – Ph.D. in Tourism. The Chair is licensed to educate and train Ph.D. in Tourism (three years and nine months, full-time) with public scholarship

 Economic and Social Geography, specialty POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY AND GEOPOLITICS.

The Chair educates and trains bachelors (three years and nine months, full-time) having the disciplines of both general geographic and specialized (under author’s programs) domains. Students have an opportunity to practice methods of filed geographic information collection and research during the first and second years, traineeships with the entities – centers for political research (Ukraine, Kyiv in particular, Georgia, etc.) – and public authorities having agreements with the Chair. The solid education and training allow graduators good jobs and possibility to enter the master programs in various fields.

 Master degree in Political Geography and Geopolitics (educational and scientific program for one year and nine months, full-time) includes disciplines, and traineeships specialized on political geography and regional and global studies with further job opportunities with the Chair’s partners.

 Postgraduate - Ph.D. in Geography. Political Geography and Geopolitics (106) program admits persons, who have the degree of specialist and master in geography, for three years and nine months of full-time and by correspondence education and training based on public scholarships.