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Dr Rishi Balkaran

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Position: 
Executive Dean: Faculty of Management Sciences
Telephone: 
031 373 5130
Fax: 
031 373 5518

Dr Balkaran has been a member of staff at the institution for 14 years. He served in the capacity of Lecturer and Senior Lecturer within the department of Hospitality and Tourism. In 2004 he was appointed Head of Department. Dr Balkaran has represented the Tourism and Hospitality sectors at national and global levels and has been instrumental in the development of the Institutions Conference Centre and Guest House as means to experiential learning.

Dr Balkaran has made significant contribution towards the design and development of the Hospitality and Tourism curricular nationally and has been appointed on the executive of the Tourism, Hospitality Education Providers South Africa. He was appointed Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Management Sciences in 2008.

Dr Balkaran has served in the industry for 10 years. His industry experience extends to the private and Government (provincial and local) sectors. Dr Balkaran’s expertise straddles over the disciplines of Management, Hospitality, Tourism, Education and Public Management. His special interest lies in the development of work integrated learning and to this end has represented the Institution internationally.

Dr Balkaran holds a Masters and Doctoral Degree (UKZN) in Public Management and his field of research was in the area of Hospitality and Tourism. His other qualifications include a BTech Degree and Diploma in Public Management (MLST), Diplomas in Education (MLST), Public Administration (UDW) and Hospitality Management (MLST). He is also involved in the supervision of Masters and doctoral students within the Faculty of Management Sciences.