Overview

The Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management is a leading centre for nurturing students into capable individuals who are ready to contribute to the development of this dynamic industry. Our vision is to produce exemplary, productive employees and dynamic entrepreneurs in this field. Established in 1997, the faculty initially conducted Diploma and Certificate level programmes.

However, with its rapid development, the faculty now offers various Undergraduate and Post Graduate programmes that are specifically relevant and catering to the vibrant and demanding hospitality and tourism industries.

 

Mission

  • Shaping leaders in the global hospitality and tourism industry through the methods of innovation and research.
  • Striving to provide quality education with strong service values.
  • Delivering highly competitive, innovative and creative professionals through the formulation of a dynamic curriculum.
  • Developing outstanding leaders and critical thinkers through proactive interactions and knowledge-based learning.
  • Establishing and maintaining smart partnerships with industries through research, training and consultancy.
  • Commitment in providing the best service possible to the customer.

Objectives

  • At least 50% of graduates from the faculty would venture into the world of entrepreneurship.
  • To achieve relevant international accreditations.
  • To secure 40% of academic staff with Post Graduate Degrees in the relevant fields.

 

Academic Area

Tourism and Hospitality Studies

Tourism and Hospitality are a major world industry that is a well established component of the most recent pattern in globalization. The globalization of travel and tourism services, which include advancement of information technologies, as well as the internationalisation of hotels, have been driving recent developments in the tourism industry.

Globalization has transformed tourism products over time from domination by mass tourism to diversified “niche” industries, catered more for the individual needs of travelers. ‘New tourism’ is the term used to define the transformed tourism product. The concept of new tourism includes ideas and practices related to responsible, eco, health and sustainable tourism. Globalization has transmitted these ideas and practices worldwide, thus making the tourism industry more diversified.

The merging of both tourism and hospitality areas offer a wide range of Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses for students to acquire knowledge and skills in the service industry. Tourism knowledge and skills will help them make better managers in all functional areas of the tourism industry. Tourism course offerings can also be structured to prepare students to pursue a career in Tourism related fields such as in Recreation and Leisure, MICE and Events, Theme Parks, and in Heritage and Community Based Tourism.

With the knowledge and skills gained from our faculty, students will possess leadership qualities and practice along with great professionalism in their work. Our faculty members have a strong interest in their student successes, not only as it relates to academic studies, but also as it relates to the fit between courses and professional preparation for practices in the field. The faculty aims to bring the world of Tourism into the classroom.

 

Food Studies

Food Studies offer a broad exposure to the world of food and good cooking. This dedication to providing the highest level of culinary instruction through excellent courses offered is our great mission. The Food Studies programme prepares students for a wide range of careers in the culinary arts, whether it is in Business, Education, Hospitality, the Media or in Tourism. The programme in Food Studies is the first step to becoming a professional or as an entrepreneur in the culinary arts industry.

In Food Studies a special emphasis is given to how food is prepared, in how food is handled safely, how common foods can be transformed into new and exciting as well as healthy menus, how food is processed efficiently using technology, commercialization of local food to be accepted at an international level, how to cook in larger quantities (commercial and noncommercial) purposes and lastly for entrepreneurial activities.

Food Studies promote research conducted on food by drawing from diverse resources and expertise. People involved are derived from the faculty members which are talented and experienced, as well as other academic departments and industry professionals. The programme in Food Studies provides students with the theoretical and practical tools they need to engage in developing conversations about food production, food business, distribution, quality, and taste to make a positive impact in their own food environments.

The Food Studies programme will open your mind to new knowledge and understanding, new insights into the way we eat and drink today, and new approaches to the study of food and beverages in a variety of contexts. The Food Studies programme applies and integrates this information through undergraduate and continuation courses on three distinct but related areas of study: Food Catering Management, Food Service Management and in the Culinary Arts.

 

Hotel Studies

Hotel Studies offer a programme which are a combination of the practical aspects of Hotel Management together with Management Skill elements. The emphasis is on a strong theoretical and business foundation in which students will master the fundamentals of front office housekeeping services, food and beverage services and operations. These are introduced to the application of managerial responsibilities with a solid foundation in bringing about entrepreneurial skill sets and abilities.

The Diploma programme is structured so that students move from a solid grounding in Hotel Operations all the way to General Management Courses. In their final year, students bring together and consolidate everything they have learned as part of a Hotel Business Project.

The Bachelor in Hospitality Management degree programme is structured so that students progress from a foundation in Hospitality Services, General Management courses, to advanced courses in Hospitality Management Strategy into increased opportunities for specialisation. Also in their final year, students bring together and consolidate knowledge they have learned, and thus apply it in a Project Paper.

The faculty members are highly qualified, committed to the pursuit of excellence in their teaching and research activities, and maintain strong interactions with students.

 

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