An open letter form Jorge Chavez, one of our alumni ….
“It is gratifying to direct them this message to inform you that today, February 28, 2012, we are celebrating 12 years since the creation of the Masters in Ecotourism, designed in 1998 and 1999 by a group of professors from the Faculty of Forestry Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, with the support of Dr. Harold Goodwin, then a lecturer at the University of Kent in the UK.
In these 12 years we have had over 220 students (from almost all departments, as well as Belgium, Bolivia, Mexico, Australia and Guatemala) have generated 20 Master’s theses (with some more on the way), many of our alumni hold or have held high positions in public and private sector, international cooperation and in academia. We have pioneered at La Molina the teaching of classes in a modular format (one week per month) which is now used in a third of the master’s courses in college and have participated in various plans and studies related to ecotourism and tourism development in various parts of the country.
None of this would have been possible without their participation, as teachers, exhibitors and guests over the years in this MA is your home. I want to thank you sincerely for the time you spend on our students and the exposure of their specialities in tourism with all the experience they have developed.
This year we celebrate this anniversary and I appeal to you to send us suggestions about the best way to commemorate the past twelve years. I can not conclude without thanking businesses, institutions and people who always supported us in the field visits, as Rainforest Expeditions, Inkaterra-Ita House Museum, Huaca de la Luna and Túcume Museum, the main! Also thank the staff who worked and still working to make this special course continue to seek to provide high academic standards and services.
Thank you very much for all your special support for the growth of this Master of Ecotourism.
A fraternal embrace
Jorge Chavez Salas
Master of Ecotourism