PolyU Signed Tripartite Agreement with Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne and University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management
The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) and Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management of the University of Houston (CNHC) have come together to sign a Letter of Intent (LOI) to establish a tripartite master's degree in global hospitality business. The three institutions, representing the best of the East and the best of the West, join hands to nurture talents of a new generation and define the future of the global hospitality industry's development.
Hotel ICON, was presided over by Dr Fabien Fresnel, EHL Dean of Education and Research, Professor Kaye Chon, SHTM Dean and Chair Professor, and Professor John Bowen, CNHC Dean and Barron Hilton Distinguished Chair of the University of Houston.
The three institutions saw this agreement as an important step to promote strongerlinks among the three continents and provide added value for the students. Dean Fresnel said, "We are bringing three cultures together and are capitalising on three outstanding faculties and campuses. We will create a unique experience for the students, and will ultimately enhance their ability to become the next generation of business leaders who can think global and act local."
Under the LOI, the three parties have agreed to establish a new educationalprogramme to be launched in 2015, the Master of Science (MSc) in Global Hospitality Business. The LOI stipulated that a common curriculum for the MSc degree meeting the academic standards and regulations of the respective institutions should be developed. Upon graduation, students of this unique programme will receive the MSc in Global Hospitality Business degree awarded by their home institution and a "Certification of Completion" issued by the other two partner institutions.
"Formulated with the EHL and SHTM", observed Dean Bowen, "this innovativeeducational strategy will enable participants to effectively lead organisations in a world that has become very connected." "When they graduate," he continued, " they will not only have a global educational experience, but will also have established network of global leaders, those they met on their journey and their classmates that took the journey with them."
Conceived in the spirit of the SHTM's innovation, this pioneering educational strategyallows students from Europe, Asia and North America to spend one semester in each of the three continents. "The programme is expected to produce a new breed of future leaders with strong global perspectives and an understanding of cultural emersion in the global hospitality business," said Professor Kaye Chon.
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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.