The Department of Recreation and Tourism of Klaipėda University was visited by dr. Brenda Dyack from the University of Canberra in Australia. “We are glad to have a scientist with world-wide scientific experience who is ready to share it with our students and to exchange scientific insights with KU scientists at Klaipėda University. Brenda Dyack works not only in Australia, but also in Canada, and has extensive research experience in the area of tourism and recreation,” said prof. dr. Diana Šaparnienė, Head of the Department of Recreation and Tourism.
Lectures to the KU community
Over her two-week stay at KU, the visiting scientist from Australia gave a cycle of lectures to the undergraduate students of Recreation and Tourism, graduate students of Recreation and Tourism Management, and graduate students of the joint study programme of International Tourism Events Management, implemented in collaboration with Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences in Latvia. Moreover, dr. Brenda Dyack gave a public lecture to the KU community and social partners.
“The visit of dr. Dyack does not mean the end of our cooperation. During her stay, we discussed the opportunities of her collaboration with the scientists of the Department of Recreation and Tourism in preparing a monograph Lithuania: Country as a Resort and having it published in a prestigious world-class publishing house,” stated Diana Šaparnienė. According to her, international cooperation is an integral part of the higher education system: “The world is interested in us, in our nature and the opportunities of recreation and tourism. One has to remember that just a few Lithuanian universities implement studies of recreation and tourism focused on preparation of high level professionals in the area of recreation and tourism, experts and leaders able to make a significant contribution both to the implementation of the recreation and tourism policy and to its formation and the development of the tourism business. Klaipėda University is the leader in the area.”
Lithuanian roots of the Australian scientist
“That is my third visit to Lithuania. I first came to an international conference in Vilnius. In 2015, I came again with my daughter, and we tried to find our roots. My father’s family comes from Poland, and mother’s, from Žemaitija, Lithuania. My grandparents lived between Salantai and Plungė. I feel good in Lithuania, like at home,” said dr Dyack. She joked that genetics might have predetermined her choice to explore lagoons. “I was surprised to see that the Curonian Lagoon is similar to the Coorong Lagoon I explore in Australia. During my lecture, I showed photos to the KU students, and no one was able to see any differences.”