With the global adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), it has become increasingly important for educators to develop a responsive curriculum where future event practitioners understand, value and implement sustainability as a core component of meeting and event management. The purpose of this paper is to explore the viewpoints of industry to embed sustainability as part of developing a Meeting and Event Management curriculum that is responsive to industry needs, and in so doing, contribute to quality education (SDG4).
Qualitative data were generated from 10 key informant interviews amongst top-level meeting and event professionals. Open questions elucidated industry viewpoints to develop content for a Meeting and Event Management curriculum at Advanced Diploma level in South Africa. Content analysis and data interpretation revealed key topics that guided the embedment of SDGs in the curriculum as knowledge, skills, values and attitudes.
Curriculum content was linked to six specific, corresponding SDGs, namely: good health and well-being; quality education; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure; climate action and partnerships for the goals.
The paper contributes valuable industry insights into academic educators concerned with responsive curriculum development in the field of meeting and event management by outlining how SDGs can be integrated as competencies and learning outcomes in a tertiary qualification.
This paper forms part of a special section of IJEFM on the contribution of festivals and events towards the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, guest edited by Drs Ubaldino Couto, Brendon Knott and Julie Whitfield.
Venske, E. (2021), "Quality education: industry contributions to embed sustainability in a meeting and event management curriculum", International Journal of Event and Festival Management, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 297-313. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEFM-12-2020-0079
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