Violet Vyline Cuffy has recently been awarded the title of Doctor of Philosophy by the University of Surrey in the Untied Kingdom where she has successfully read for that degree as a Commonwealth Scholar.
She is qualified as a specialist teacher and holds a certificate in Education Administration and Management (University of West Indies), honours first degree in Education and Training (University of Technology) and a Master of Science from the University of the West the Indies. Previously, she worked in the field of education (St Martin Secondary School) for over thirteen years and in the tourism industry as a Community Tourism Business Development officer as part of the EU Eco-tourism Development Programme.
Having combined her wide and varied educational and career pursuits in field of education and business, specifically tourism, into the area of her research focus, she was able to impressively defend her thesis in record time of that which is the norm for such viva voce.
The primary investigation took the form a single case study of the education and training system in her home country, Dominica. The research findings highlighted the need for a lifelong approach to tourism education and training for heavily tourism-dependent destinations. In the case of Dominica, which has a unique product offering, and is challenged by the lack of natural resources appropriate for development of a vibrant manufacturing industry, this phenomenon becomes more significant.
For the future, Violet aim to develop the research findings and to work closely with other renowned academics to make her own contributions in advancing the knowledge base within the field of tourism education and training. But importantly, the challenges faced while pursuing this research highlighted the need these current results to be published and to add to the works of other Dominican experts and writers, in this case focusing on tourism issues and concerns from an island perspective.
Violet wishes to take this opportunity to thank her family and friends, the Government and people of Dominica, but more significantly her sample participants and other well wishers without whose help and active support this venture would have been unachievable.
For further detail on the thesis focus see the Surrey tourism newsletter via the link below: