Postgraduation “Sustainable Strategies for Tourism & Hospitality”

Sustainability is not an option, it’s an imperative. It’s the only way to ensure that tourism continues to benefit communities and protect the planet for generations to come.

Randy Durband, CEO of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

  • Next Date

    November 2023

  • Length

    6 months

  • Format


  • Investment

    750€ (under 23) 1.500€

Postgraduation “Sustainable Strategies for Tourism & Hospitality”


Tourism is an important driver of economic growth, globally and locally. The sector contributes directly to 4.4% of GDP, 6.9% of employment, and 21.5% of service exports in OECD countries on average, and its continued growth offers real prospects for sustainable and inclusive development.


However, forward-looking, integrated policies are needed to ensure that this growth brings more benefits to people, places, and businesses. These policies will have to be based on sustainable practices taking into consideration that climate change is the biggest threat to this sector.


This Postgraduate course has 6 compulsory modules, however, candidates can choose to take only one or more of the available modules, and at the end only obtain a certificate of completion of the module taken.


The postgraduate has 6 compulsory modules, however candidates can choose to take only one or more of the available modules, and at the end obtain a certificate of completion for the module taken.

The next edition of this postgraduate has the following modules, each of them lasting 4 weeks of classes, twice a week, in an after-labor regime:

  • Sustainable Practices in Tourism & Hospitality
  • Heritage and Industrial Preservation
  • Waste reduction and management in tourism enterprises
  • Tourism and sustainable water use: Supply, demand, and security
  • Carbon Neutrality in Tourism Developments
  • Sustainable construction and rehabilitation of tourist resorts
  • Learn about sustainability practices in the T&H sector
  • How to reduce the pressure on local infrastructure as well as on local biodiversity and ecosystems
  • How to protect and preserve heritage
  • How to do a proper waste management and waste reduction
  • Making sustainable use of water and promoting carbon neutrality in tourism enterprises
  • How to build and rehabilitate tourist resorts in a sustainable way
  • Increase the knowledge of tour operators about the importance of sustainability for the long-term viability of the sector


This program is suitable for a wide range of professional profiles with career aspirations in the Tourism and Hospitality sector and who want to understand how to implement sustainability practices in this sector and how to meet the challenge of climate change.

Some examples:

  • Entrepreneurs who want to understand how to respond to environmental and social challenges
  • Directors and technicians of innovation, sustainability, environment and quality
  • Students in the fields of environment, resource efficiency and sustainability
  • Managers of operational/business units with ambitions to progress to leadership at the corporate level;
  • Managers who want to ensure that their organization is prepared for the latest trends in sustainability;
  • Hotel department managers seeking promotion to General Manager;
  • Entrepreneurs planning to launch their own business in the T&H industry;
  • Participants with a background in management, economics, or even engineering who want to make a career in the industry will gain knowledge and learn about the challenges of this sector in the area of sustainability
Program Coordination
Júlia Seixas

Pro-Rector of the NOVA University of Lisbon

She is Pro-Rector of NOVA University of Lisbon, where she coordinates the sustainability area and the NOVA 4 The Globe platform since November 2021. She teaches at NOVA School of Science and Technology (NOVA FCT) of NOVA University of Lisbon, where she chaired the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering from 2017 to 2022.

She is a member of the ethics committee of NOVA FCT. He was a member of the scientific council of NOVA FCT between 2014 and 2020. She coordinated the Energy & Climate group at the CENSE research centre, between 2008 and 2021, dedicated to R&D in climate neutrality and resilience of energy systems. Her studies resulted in more than a dozen pieces of legislation and two vision documents, including the Long-Term Strategy for the carbon neutrality of the Portuguese economy until 2050, submitted to the UNFCCC by the Portuguese government.

Júlia Seixas was recognised by the Nobel Peace Prize of the Nobel Foundation in 2007 for her contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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