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Hong Kongs PolyU to Launch Master of Science in International Wine Management

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The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has been working in close collaboration with the international wine industry to develop a new programme, The Master of Science (MSc) in International Wine Management, to groom the next generation of global industry leaders.

Introducing this development, Professor Kaye Chon, Dean and Chair Professor of the SHTM and Walter Kwok Foundation Professor in International Hospitality Management, noted that as a key player in the vibrant international wine scene, Hong Kong offers a unique location for anyone aspiring to be a part of this dynamic growth area.

Combined with the huge growth of the wine market in Mainland China, the need for wine professionals with advanced, specialised training and education, as well as a global perspective continues to grow. The Master of Science (MSc) in International Wine Management has been designed to meet this demand, said Professor Kaye Chon.

Professor Haiyan Song, Associate Dean of the SHTM and Programme Leader, added, There is an increasing demand for wine trade personnel in Asia, but there is no other Masters programme to enhance their professional competence and strategic thinking.

He noted that recent findings in Hong Kong shows that the wine industry requires more sophisticated skills to meet the needs of the international wine market, with 57.2% of full-time staff taking up positions at managerial and supervisory levels. However, only 5.2% of local industry practitioners possess wine-related professional qualifications.

The programme is aimed at helping wine professionals to further their academic pathway for progression in the global wine industry. It grooms industry leaders, educators and researchers by deepening their understanding of the latest trends in the wine business, demystifying its complexities, and empowering them to lead the future development of the industry. Students of the programme will also have the opportunity to learn more about Mainland Chinese wine consumers and gain insights into some of the fastest growing and potentially lucrative wine markets in the world.

The programme was developed in consultation with noted wine industry figure Professor Jeannie Cho Lee, Professor of Practice (Wine) of the SHTM and the first Asian Master of Wine (MW), and endorsed by renowned industry leaders.

It features residential study trips providing students with the opportunity to visit well-known wine regions, such as Burgundy or Bordeaux, to understand the best practice in wine production, trade and management with a view to increasing their international exposure and developing global networks.

Based in the heart of the booming Asia Pacific region, the SHTM is best placed to provide international education to meet the specific demands of a truly global industry, Professor Jeannie Cho Lee remarked.

SHTM, PolyU, Hong Kong, Wine, Champagne, Jeannie Cho Lee

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