Standing with you during uncertain times

“We’ve seen the tourism sector take a beating in beautiful Queensland along with so many industries across the rest of Australia. We want to provide some hope for individuals and businesses during this crisis by offering access to some of our best online courses and inspiring those affected with the tools to rebuild and recover.”

Professor Michael Brünig
Dean of The University of Queensland Business School

The devastating impacts of COVID-19 are being felt deeply by everyone in our community. While the tourism industry has been one of the hardest hit, the current global crisis is predicted to have far-reaching impacts across all industries. Hundreds of thousands of Australians are already out of work, with predictions that there will be even more to come.

The University of Queensland (UQ) Business School has supported individuals and businesses to thrive over the past few decades and will continue to stand by our business community during these uncertain times. As we prepare to face our new normal, we know that together, we can survive the challenges posed by COVID-19. Whether you work in hospitality, are a manager or a business owner, UQ Business School is passionate about supporting those interested in furthering their education or learning to adapt and pivot their business.

Our offer to the business and tourism community

Until the end of the year, you can register for our three most popular online courses for only A$8. Usually valued at up to $540, this heavily discounted rate covers our partner edX’s administration processing costs and will give you a certificate of completion.

The courses available cover leadership, innovation, management and resilience-building across a range of industries – including the hard-hit tourism industry. There’s a course to suit all levels of experience, including those without a previous university education. Each course will help you prepare for the world of tomorrow, no matter what the future brings.

Tourism & Travel Management Course

tourism online course

At its peak, tourism supported over 300 million jobs globally. While COVID-19 has severely impacted this industry, tourism needs innovative thinkers and industry professionals to support its return. This course will also teach you how to adapt to disaster.

Developed around one of the world's premier destinations, beautiful Queensland in Australia, this course allows students to experience challenges and solutions reflective of the ever-changing global tourism and travel industry.

  • This entry-level course can be completed over 7 weeks or until December 2020. You should aim to spend approximately 3 hours studying per week, but will have lifetime access to the course materials after becoming a verified learner.  
  • This course will suit those new to tertiary education, professionals with a keen interest in tourism or those wanting to upskill with online learning at their own pace. 

Sign up below to receive an email with step-by-step instructions on how to register for your A$8 course and become a “verified” learner. Course is normally valued at $162.

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Effort: 2-3 hours per week

Price: AUD $162 A$8

Length: 7 weeks or until December 2020 (lifetime access to materials)

Certified course

"In this time of crisis, it is difficult to imagine returning to normal, but when our restrictions are lifted, tourism will be one of the first sectors to bounce back. This course provides you with the knowledge and insight needed to upskill yourself and provide leadership and direction as our tourism industry recovers."

Associate Professor Judith Mair
Tourism Discipline Leader, UQ Business School

Sunny outlook for domestic tourism post COVID-19 restrictions

According to a new national data survey conducted by The University of Queensland Business School researcher Associate Professor Gabby Walters into the future of the domestic tourism industry,

  • More than 50% of Australians want to travel domestically when restrictions lift
  • The number one motivator cited for travelling is the need to support Australian tourism
  • Popular destinations include coastal, country and regional areas – with cities being the least appealing

Design Thinking and Creativity for Innovation Course

Staff, managers and business leaders are facing a once-in-a-lifetime test of their skills and resilience. Clear communication, problem solving and creativity are just a handful of skills needed to navigate this unprecedented and ever-changing environment.

This course is ideal for small-to-medium businesses or entrepreneurs to help them navigate the current environment and provide strategies for changing your core services to adapt to this new world of working.

  • This intermediate-level course can be completed over 10 weeks and you’ll have until December 2020 to complete your assessment to gain a certificate. You should aim to spend approximately 10 hours studying per week.
  • It covers the fundamentals of creative and design thinking to enable and inspire innovation – a game-changer for any business.
  • You will have lifetime access to the course materials after becoming a verified learner.

Sign up below to receive an email with step-by-step instructions on how to register for your A$8 course and become a “verified” learner. Course is normally valued at $533.

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Effort: 8-10 hours per week

Price: AUD $533  A$8

Length: 10 weeks or until December 2020 (lifetime access to materials)

Certified course

Tim Kastelle“Innovation is an important business skill at all times, but it’s particularly critical when the level of uncertainty is high. We teach people problem solving and creativity by creating problems where the answer isn't necessarily known in advance."

Associate Professor Tim Kastelle
Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, UQ Business School

 

Leading High-Performing Teams Course

Participants will learn how to build effective teams by empowering, engaging and motivating different personality types – a powerful skill to have, as we adapt to working in and managing remote teams. Blending business theory and real-world insights, this course will teach you the skills required to better lead people and teams within your organisation.

  • This intermediate-level course can be completed over 10 weeks and requires approximately 10 hours’ commitment per week.
  • This course is highly relevant for people who want to move into a management position or are current leaders and want to learn the crucial people skills required to lead high-performing teams, including remotely.

Sign up below to receive an email with step-by-step instructions on how to register for your A$8 course and become a “verified” learner. Course is normally valued at $533.

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Michael Elwan

“One of the best things about the Leading High Performing Teams was the diverse range of perspectives to learn from. I enjoyed the academic theory but also gained practical insights from managers, CEOs and COOs. As a coach, I’m always looking at the bigger picture, and planning for my next role. This course, led to a few ‘aha!’ moments about why I succeeded in some jobs more than others as a leader.”

- Michael Elwan

Effort: 8-10 hours per week

Price: AUD $533  A$8

Length: 10 weeks or until December 2020 (lifetime access to materials)

Certified course

“Managing people is the most challenging management competency for both novice and experienced leaders in any industry (and become even more important when working remotely). This course provides you with the tools to understand and improve the team dynamics in your organisation.”

Professor Tyler Okimoto
Deputy Dean of The University of Queensland Business School

How to enrol

How to enrol for a $8 course

  1. Visit your course edX webpage - Tourism and Travel Management, Leading High-Performing Teams and Design Thinking and Creativity for Innovation.
  2. Click on ‘Enrol’. 
  3. Select ‘Pursue the Verified Track’ for only A$8 and hit ‘apply’. 
  4.  Start learning!

How to enrol with scholarship code

If you’re one of the first 1000 people to register for a scholarship code, here's how to enrol.

  1. Visit your course edX webpage - Tourism and Travel Management, Leading High-Performing Teams and Design Thinking and Creativity for Innovation.
  2. Click on ‘Enrol’ (ensuring you are logged in with the same email address you used when registering for your Scholarship Course Code).
  3. Click on the Verified option, if you already have your scholarship course code, if not, click on ‘Audit this course’ to begin learning today. Look out for our separate email with your unique Scholarship Course Code before the verified upgrade deadline, which will be within 2–3 weeks. Once you receive your Scholarship Course Code, log back into your course edX webpage and upgrade to become a verified learner.
  4. Start learning! 

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