TAYLOR’S College School of Hospitality and Tourism (TCHT) has launched a Master's programme in International Tourism and Hospitality Management.
The programme is the first of its kind to be offered in Malaysia, and is one of the few European postgraduate programmes in hospitality and tourism available in the Asia-Pacific region.
Offered in collaboration with the University of Toulouse (UOT), the second oldest and largest university in France, the postgraduate programme is designed to prepare graduates for potential upper level management and consultancy career opportunities in the international tourism and hospitality industry.
Classes are conducted by industry-experienced lecturers, including professors from the UOT who will visit Taylor’s to conduct specific modules during the semester.
They include Prof Dr Jean Pierre Poulain, an expert in the area of food sociology in France and Prof Dr Francois Vellas, the director of the Economics of Services and Tourism Research Centre (CEREST) at UOT.
Taylor’s Education group managing director Datuk Loy Teik Ngan said the introduction of the Master’s degree highlighted Taylor’s pioneering spirit in bringing forth a new dimension to higher education.
“The Master's programme is designed to provide students with a strong balance between theoretical knowledge and professional exposure through course work, research, graduate seminars and a compulsory 20-week internship in companies anywhere in the world.
“This healthy mix of hands-on practical skills and management know-how are essential to ensure graduates are well-prepared for entry into the fast growing hospitality and tourism industry,” said Loy.
He added that industry practitioners also benefited from the programme as the Master’s degree would serve as a springboard for them to move into higher positions.
“The European Master’s degree adopts a global approach in its teaching materials supplemented by local case studies to provide students with a deeper understanding of international affairs.
“An international perspective also helps them apply what they have learned to real-life situations in the global arena,” he said.
The two-year postgraduate programme is offered on both a full-time and part-time mode.
It is open to bachelor's degree holders in hospitality and tourism as well as in other fields of study.
Working professionals can apply by having their professional experiences validated by the UOT.
Students undertake subjects in four main clusters, including Management of Hospitality and Tourism Companies: Tools and Methods; Law, Economy and International Dimensions; Engineering and Organisation of Hotel and Restaurant and Analysis of Tourist Products and Methodological Tools; and Initiation to Research and Communication.
The university college recorded a total of 1,823 As.
Of the 1,083 who sat for the exam, six Taylorians scored 99.95, placing them among the top 0.05% of all students in the world who sat for their South Australian Certificate of Education 2006.
The top honourees are Lim Ming Yuan, Chan Kai Xun, Ng Liang Pin Jason, Ong Shir Lynn, Ooi Xin Yin and Tee Shern Ren. Of the six, five are JPA scholars.
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