The Faculty of Tourism and Geography (FTG) will define its policy to guarantee the quality of student training, as well as the services aimed at the entire university community and the society that surrounds it. In this sense, Rovira i Virgili University (URV) has designed its Quality Policy and prepared the framework document of the Internal Quality Assurance System (SIGQ) of the URV teaching centres.
The management team of the Faculty of Tourism and Geography is aware of the importance of quality as a strategic factor to achieve the objectives of the centre and, therefore, must contextualize and adapt the URV Quality Policy to the characteristics and particularities of the FTG, maintaining the internal coherence of the institution.
The Faculty of Tourism and Geography was created in 2009 as a result of the transformation of URV's University School of Tourism and Leisure and the introduction of geography studies at the Vila-seca Campus of URV. Since its inception, the studies of the FTG have been adapted to the European Higher Education Area.
The Faculty of Tourism and Geography is in charge of training professionals and researchers in tourism and hospitality as well as in geography and territorial analysis. It is a specific and innovative training, which ensures the human and professional development of students and, at the same time, is aligned with the needs of the labour market. This training also includes students' commitment to the territory and the need for the development model of our society to be sustainable. Those who have completed their bachelor's, master's and doctoral studies at the FTG must contribute to these objectives.
The Faculty of Tourism and Geography must become a reference institution, both nationally and internationally, in the areas indicated above. The FTG must continue to train excellent professionals and citizens, offering comprehensive training through education adapted to the labour market and, therefore, designed with a dynamic sector (tourism) and territory in mind. The FTG must become a key player in the development of society, that is, in improving people's quality of life.
In this vision, the connection of the training programs with the research carried out by the teaching staff linked to the Faculty of Tourism and Geography, mainly attached to the Department of Geography, the Department of Economics and the Department of Business Management of the URV, will play a key role. Teaching staff will carry out their research within the framework of the Territorial Analysis and Tourism Studies Research Group, the Centre for Climate Change and the Centre for Research in Economics and Sustainability. It should also be noted that the FTG hosts the headquarters of the University Research Institute on Sustainability, Climate Change and Energy Transition (IU-RESCAT).
Equally important in achieving this vision is the synergy of the FTG with public administration and private agents, especially in the tourism sector. The Vila-seca Campus of URV is located in the centre of a top-level tourist destination (Costa Daurada) and is situated in a complex territorial context (diversity of settlements, transport and communication infrastructures and socio-economic activities that share a territory). This facilitates analysing case studies, conducting fieldwork and carrying out training practices.
The Faculty of Tourism and Geography, taking into account the quality objectives of Rovira i Virgili University, establishes the following specific objectives:
· To offer innovative and quality teaching, which is attractive to students, and responds to the needs of the territory and the productive sectors related to the teaching of the FTG, incorporating transversal aspects, such as equality, ethics, social commitment and sustainability.
· To encourage students to participate in the teaching-learning process.
· To promote synergies between teaching and research carried out at the FTG, which will increase the quality of the former.
· To involve public and private agents in the fields of tourism, the environment and land management in the training proposals of the FTG, which will enable the continual updating of content.
· To promote and consolidate the relations and collaborations of the FTG with the productive and territorial environment, which will facilitate the employability of students once they have completed their training at the FTG.
The management of the Faculty of Tourism and Geography informs the university community of the objectives of the centre's Quality Policy, while committing itself to effectively and efficiently managing the material resources available. In addition, FTG management is committed to involving students, teaching and research staff as well as administrative and service staff in the process, which allows them to comply with the provisions of the Manual of the Internal Quality Assurance System (SIGQ) of the FTG.
Faculty Board version 19.04.2023