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Tourism student receives leading award

Posted: Tuesday 13 January 2015

Federation University Australia is demonstrating again its research strength in tourism with PhD student Mohammad Yousuf being awarded a Council for Australasian Universities Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) PhD award.

The award will be officially presented to him at next month's CAUTHE conference at the Gold Coast.

These commendations are highly competitive and give recognition to the student who has submitted an outstanding research paper along with a high-quality application addressing the selection criteria.

Mr Yousuf's PhD topic is in the area of Visiting Friends and Relatives (VFR) travel, which is an area of research strength at FedUni.

The award includes a certificate presented at the dinner, as well as a bursary that covers the registration, travel and accommodation costs associated with the conference.

Mr Mohammad Yousuf said he was thrilled to receive the award as he recognised how important attending the conference would be for his academic career.

"This is an excellent opportunity for Mohammad as he will be able to present his research in front of a community of leading tourism academics and gain valuable feedback and networking," Associate Professor Elisa Backer, Mr Yousuf's Principal PhD supervisor, said.

"This award is another indicator of the quality research that comes through FedUni and recognises the excellent work that Mohammad has been doing in the area of VFR travel."