Dr Russell Arthur Smith Appointed Interim Dean Of Cornell Nanyang Institute of Hospitality Management (CNI).
Dr. Russell Arthur Smith has been appointed Interim Dean for the Cornell Nanyang Institute of Hospitality Management (CNI). For the past four years he has served as the Vice Dean for CNI and was a member of the original Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) negotiating team, appointed to establish the CNI, in collaboration with Cornell University. The institute hopes to recruit a permanent Dean by 2010.
As Interim Dean, Dr Smith says that “I see an enormous opportunity to equip hospitality students with the skills required for senior management roles and I am eager to contribute my time and expertise to this.”
Well capable of bridging the gap between academic theory and industry reality, Dr Smith will proactively develop the MMH curriculum for CNI’s students and industry partners.
“Since we established the school in 2004, we have educated over 900 executives from 40 countries, not only from Asia, but from across the world. CNI has had a major impact on the hospitality industry in Asia and we are delighted with this.” remarked Dr Smith. “I am optimistic that despite the current economic downturn, we will be in an upswing in Asia, a year from now and we are preparing our students for that.”
CNI addresses a broad range of hospitality sectors including hotels, serviced apartments, airlines, cruises, resorts, travel operations, conventions, meetings, consulting and real estate, gaming, restaurant and food services. The industry is extremely broad. Hospitality accounts for some 10 per cent of the world’s total GDP. Globally, it accounts for 1 in 12 jobs or 8.4% of total employment. Over the next decade these figures are predicted to increase to 1 in 11 jobs, or 9.2% of total employment.
Dr Smith says that “CNI’s role is to groom senior managers for all of these sectors in Asia. The imperative here is that the industry is growing rapidly throughout the region and the demand for senior managers is very high. We expect the Singapore hospitality industry alone to recruit 60,000 employees by the end of next year. Of these, at least 10 to 12 per cent will be managers. We believe that CNI has a responsibility to identify, mentor and train the leaders for the hospitality sector in Asia. My background, which is Asian hospitality and tourism, can add significant value to CNI.” he added.
Graduates from the Cornell Hotel School are well regarded all over the world. “CNI is unlike other academic program because CNI graduates receive a joint degree with seals from both universities - Cornell and NTU, says Dr Smith. “The key to the masters’ program intake is quality candidates. We strive to recruit candidates who are passionate about the industry and have an excellent academic and other career record”.
CNI will conduct a search for a permanent dean and expects one to be in place by 2010. The appointed Dean should have empathy with the Asian hospitality industry, possess a strong academic background and be very well qualified academically, with an excellent research track record and a deep and broad understanding of the hospitality industry in Asia.
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Hotel Administration, Ithaca NY, USA, and Nanyang Technological University's Nanyang Business School, Singapore. One of the eight Ivy-League universities, the Cornell School of Hotel Administration (SHA) is the world's premier business school for hospitality and service industries. Nanyang Technological University has been ranked Asia's top ten universities and also second amongst the world's young universities below 50 years old by Quacquarelli Symonds. Nanyang Business School's flagship Nanyang MBA has also been placed 32nd in the Financial Times Global MBA rankings and fourth in Asia by The Economist.