Hong Kong Polytechnic University assists Guilin Institute of Tourism Develop a Diploma Programme

Travel News Asia Monday, 20 August 2007

The School of Hotel and Tourism Management of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) recently completed the first phase of its involvement in a UNWTO project to upgrade the Guilin Institute of Tourism to university level. Situated in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the Guilin Institute of Tourism is the only higher education institute in Mainland China dedicated just to tourism studies, graduating around 3,000 students from 28 provinces each year.

Project Director Prof Haiyan Song, Chair Professor of Tourism of the School, noted that for a Mainland institute to implement an international programme, it is a new model for China tourism education. Prof Song further attributed the schools selection for the project to its internationally recognised programmes with quality staff who understand the country and its language.

The project teams first task was to conduct an environmental scan of the Institute and the local hospitality industry. The object, according to Prof Song, was to find out what the students, the teachers and the industry people really wanted from graduates, and devise a curriculum for a new Diploma in Hotel Management. With the environmental scan completed in March, the school conducted training on the PolyU campus, with Guilin teachers learning more about internationally recognised teaching and assessment methods and gaining deeper understanding of how to teach the new hospitality subjects.

Over the next 18 months, the project team will work through accreditation and assessment issues, as well as supporting the Guilin academic staff, in order to ensure success of the programme.

PolyUs School of Hotel and Tourism Management was ranked fourth among the worlds top hotel and tourism schools based on research and scholarship, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research in August 2005. With more than 50 academic staff drawn from 17 countries, it is also the only training centre in Asia recognized by the Education and Training Network of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

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