The Tshwane University of Technology has installed a specialised hospitality-focused software system from the NFS Technology Group to train its tourism and hospitality students – offering them a chance to enter the hospitality industry “with a deeper understanding of technology”.

This is according to Ruan Marcus from the Tshwane University of Technology’s Department of Tourism Management, who confirmed that the 20-user Rendezvous software installation was installed in August this year – and is now being used to “train 15 – 17 students at a time”.

Rendezvous is a user-friendly convention centre management software system that can be implemented and supported cost-effectively – and is one of the leading solutions of its kind in South Africa.

Nicolette Kruger, support manager at NFS Technology Group – formerly known as NFS Hospitality – said a growing number of universities are using software from the company, including Wits University, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and the Walter Sizulu University.

Commenting further, Marcus said :”As we are a tertiary training institution, and as far as I know, there is no other university presenting this software package as part of their curriculum.

“It allows out students the opportunity to enter the market with an added advantage. Rendezvous,” he said, “forms part of the formal qualification -Event Management. We have faith in the software because the software is widely used – and is a one-of- a- kind event management system.

“As our motto is ‘We empower people’ and, as we are a career focused institution, we pride ourselves on providing our students-  not only with theoretical knowledge – but also the skills set to enter employment with a certain level of practical experience and competencies.

“In the Event Management course,” Marcus explained, “we have add-ons such as Rendezvous, Summit Event Manager Pro (also a NFS product), Microsoft Project and Pastel Accounting. All this is done to make our students more employable in the marketplace, and to give them an edge above other graduating students.”

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