Thursday, January 31, 2008

Another First for The U of M

Mr. B. thanks a friend for calling to his attention the latest news release from the U of M's publicity arm.

U of M first in the Midwest to offer ecotourism certificate

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL ( 1/31/2008 ) -- The International Ecotourism Society has granted the University of Minnesota permission to offer the prestigious University Consortium Field Certificate. Students who fulfill the certificate’s requirements will be better prepared to serve the tourism industry’s demand for the adoption of sustainable tourism practices. The university is one of a handful of universities nationwide and the first in the Midwest to offer the certificate.

Other universities participating in the University Consortium Field Certificate are North Carolina State University, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Florida, California Polytechnic State University and West Virginia University.

Hmm... Prestigious?

Sustainable tourism?

Certainly this is an area in which the U should strive to be exceptional, particularly in this exclusive cohort.

ut how, exactly, does this fit in with our plans to be one of the top three research universities on the planet?

One bewildered Bonzo

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