The B.Com Hospitality Management degree includes components of event management, but also focuses on all aspects of management within the hotel and hospitality industry.
Students complete practical training in the conference centre at MyPond Hotel and gain valuable experience hosting conferences, weddings and birthday functions. The students also run several events on campus. Annual events that our students host, organise and coordinate include:
- Mr & Miss Stenden: The Stenden South Africa Fashion Show
- Monte Carlo: A casino-themed evening hosted by the second years for the third years. This is the farewell function before the third years leave campus to complete their internships
- Student Awards: An evening event exclusively for students by the students. Various fun and intriguing categories are voted for and awarded.
- Mid-module staff and student themed functions
In addition to the above mentioned functions, students often host other functions throughout their studies with us. They host Dinner or Dance functions and well as other events. One of the portfolios for students on the SRC (Student Representative Council) is the Entertainment Portfolio. Students who would like to specialise in Event Management are encouraged to become involved in this portfolio and will become involved in the management of themed parties, sporting functions, car washes, community upliftment events and other student activities.
Students equipped with our degree can go into service or entertainment industries such as Convention Centre Management, Banqueting Management, Catering Management and many other management positions. With the business side of our degree, graduates have the knowledge to open their own company.
Should students wish to specialise in event management, Stenden University (based in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands) offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree, and registered Stenden South Africa students are able to obtain this specialization by studying towards obtaining a double degree. This would include completing a full year in The Netherlands, as well as completing the 6 month Event Management specialisation course as a fourth year to the Stenden South Africa B.Com degree.