The Samsung Digital Lab for Hospitality Technology Established at the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Provides Students the Latest Technology Available in the Industry
With the support of world-renowned electronics manufacturer Samsung Electronics Hong Kong, the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has garnered more momentum in advancing hospitality technology.
"It is the mission of PolyU to achieve academic excellence in a professional context," remarked Prof Demokan in his opening speech. "One of the ways is through dedicated partnerships with the business, the industry, the professions and the community."
"Samsung's goal is to empower young people with opportunities to excel and to benefit their local communities," said Mr Kim. "With Hong Kong's potential as a leading city for international conferences and window to the world's largest market, China, there is a strong demand for creative, talented people in the tourism industry. The Samsung Digital Lab will provide these students with an inspirational and flexible learning environment that is conducive to creativity. We hope it helps them to reach their full potential and ultimately contribute to Hong Kong's sustained status as an internationally competitive economy."
Prof Chon said the opening of this Lab has highlighted the School's determination to stay at the forefront of technological change. "Our students can gain hands-on experience with industry booking and enquiry software, as well as the application of information technology in the hospitality settings. This clearly befits our status as Asia's leading hospitality and tourism institution," he said.
Built around the generous sponsorship from Samsung, the Digital Lab is home to a wide range of computing and audio-visual equipment including 58 R-Series notebooks, high-definition LCD TVs, network printers, DVD HD camcorder, air cleaner, home theatre system, DVD and blu-ray disc players. To help students keep abreast of hospitality technology, all computers are installed with advanced software products that facilitate teaching of subjects include lodging management, revenue management, financial management, E-business, technology management and data analysis for the industry.
The new facilities ensure that students have experience using the latest technology available in the industry. With classes regularly held in the Lab, and Executive Development Programmes making use of the facilities, a broad range of learners as well as researchers will benefit from the use of this Lab.
More importantly, this collaboration has paved the way for the future development of hospitality technology facility at PolyU's Teaching Hotel, as Samsung has pledged its full support to this initiative by providing its cutting-edge telecommunications equipment, a range of LCD screens for teaching, use in conferences and displays in public areas, the hotel's CCTV security system and data network infrastructure for Internet access and other emerging applications.
Samsung is also actively engaged in partnerships with educational institutions – its Hope for Education programme in the United States supports primary and secondary schools with the latest technology through a nation-wide essay competition.
PolyU is building dedicated premises for SHTM, incorporating a teaching hotel, on the site of its former staff quarters Pak Sui Yuen in Tsimshatsui East. The construction project is now in full swing and is expected to be completed by 2010.
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About PolyU"s School of Hotel and Tourism Management
For close to 40 years, PolyU"s School of Hotel and Tourism Management has refined a distinctive vision of hospitality and tourism education and become a world-leading hotel and tourism school. Rated No. 1 in the world in the "Hospitality and Tourism Management" category according to ShanghaiRanking"s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017, placed No. 1 in the world in the "Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism" subject area by the CWUR Rankings by Subject 2017 and ranked among the top 3 "Hospitality and Leisure Management" institutions globally in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, the SHTM is a symbol of excellence in the field, exemplifying its motto of Leading Hospitality and Tourism.
With 75 academic staff drawing from 22 countries and regions, the School offers programmes at levels ranging from undergraduate degrees to doctoral degrees. In 2012, the SHTM was bestowed the McCool Breakthrough Award by the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (I-CHRIE) recognising its breakthrough in the form of its teaching and research hotel – Hotel ICON – the heart of the School"s innovative approach to hospitality and tourism education. A member of the UNWTO Knowledge Network, the SHTM is also the editorial home of Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing, Journal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism and Journal of China Tourism Research.