Chiguvare secured the top spot in the intermediate phase of the competition held earlier this week at Meetings Africa, an annual event held in South Africa. She was hand-picked out of 55 candidates who vied for a chance to submit and present their proposal for a fictitious event at the annual Future Leaders Forum (FLF), which is run by IMEX, MPI and MCI, all expert companies in the meetings and events organising industry.
The programme was created to harness the imagination of the most promising Tourism students and encourage them to develop successful careers in the industry. More than 50 candidates from 11 universities entered the challenge. Every year, the South Africa National Convention Bureau (SANCB), in conjunction with the Tourism Educators of South Africa (TESA), invites final-year Event, Tourism and Hospitality Management students to participate in the forum. NUST was among the universities, outside South Africa’s borders, that were selected to participate. The budding industry professionals were afforded the chance to engage industry experts on key topics among a myriad of other benefits.
Five students from the Department of Hospitality and Tourism were selected to attend the FLF, with Chiguvare being selected to make a presentation. She competed against students from the University of Pretoria and Tshwane University of Technology. “I am so humbled by this nomination. I put a lot of time into the preparation for the forum and I received a lot of support from my family, friends, fellow candidates who entered, and the whole Department of Hospitality and Tourism. Their support really boosted my confidence and I am ready for Germany,” she said excitedly.
To date, more than 120 forums have been held globally since 2003, with more than 6 500 students having participated. Isobel Green, a lecturer in the Hospitality and Tourism Department, said the selection is a big achievement for NUST. “This is the first time that Namibia has entered the competition and we managed to get an opportunity to do a presentation. It was an opportune platform for the students to get international exposure and network in the way they did,” Green said.
The overall winner in Germany will be awarded a scholarship and receive considerable worldwide publicity through the public relations departments of the organisers as well as associated international media.