Producing top-notch hospitality grads


(From left) Lu, Lai and Tay won the cooking category at the World skills Malaysia Sarawak 2019.

THE hospitality sector took a big hit when the Covid-19 pandemic hit globally. Many employees were retrenched, and hotels and restaurants went under within a year.

The tourism industry came to a standstill, especially after the closure of international borders.

Despite these restrictions, as well as strict physical distancing and other uncertainties brought about by the pandemic, the global outlook for the hospitality sector is expected to take a turn for the better.

According to the Hotel Insights’ Q2 2021 report, the demand for leisure is expected to recover rapidly resume as the Covid-19 vaccination rollout gathers pace around the world, including in Malaysia.

The mass vaccination in many countries has enabled high-profile events that would encourage large crowds, such as the English Premier League, to take place albeit with strict health and safety guidelines.

In anticipation of sectors picking up pace, UCSI University’s Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management is doing its part to provide a revolutionary education experience for students across the globe.

(From left) Bachelor of Hospitality Administration students Lee, Teh and Chai won third place in the HTMi student Forum 2021 Innovation Challenge.(From left) Bachelor of Hospitality Administration students Lee, Teh and Chai won third place in the HTMi student Forum 2021 Innovation Challenge.

Ranking that matters

The Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Management has been ranked as one of the top 100 schools for hospitality and leisure management in the QS World University Rankings By Subject 2021.

Evidently, the ranking came from the faculty’s dedication to delivering top-quality expertise and skilled human capacity development, as well as having a tremendous academic front with sufficient industry knowledge.

The faculty is a hub of discovery. Its presence in Kuala Lumpur and Kuching – two of Malaysia’s most popular tourist destinations – sees it providing a unique and diverse learning experience.

Young, vibrant and innovative, the faculty is a place where aspiring hoteliers and restaurant managers obtain a comprehensive understanding of key industry practices and the underlying assumptions that make them work.

Emphasising teamwork, leadership and service etiquette, the programmes leverage various learning approaches – experiential, collaborative, and discovery – that hone students’ analytical and decision-making skills.

The programmes offer valuable lessons in teamwork, leadership and service etiquette through experiential learning, collaborative learning and discovery learning approaches.

The aim is to develop talent with the right attitude for analytical and decision-making skills in preparation for co-operative structured internship programmes with top global industry players, as well as future senior management and executive positions.

Global partnership

UCSI currently partners with the world-leading Hotel Management Institute, HTMi Switzerland.

This strategic partnership offers students the best of both worlds in terms of affordability and the opportunity to enjoy HTMi Switzerland’s global network of career network services, mobility and internships.

Award-winning students

Students from the faculty have won both local and international competitions.

Chai Weng Yan, Lee Pei Shan and Teh Xin Ee, who are all third-year students pursuing the Bachelor of Hospitality Administration programme, recently placed third in HTMi’s Student Forum 2021 Innovation Challenge.

They were the only Malaysian team to be named among the top three in the international contest.

Another team comprising students Lu Heng Wu, Kenny Lai Chee Chiang and Tay Pui Yee won the cooking category at the World Skills Malaysia Sarawak 2019.

For more information, visit www.ucsiuniversity.com.my or call 03-9101 8882 or 011-3592 0893. The university will be hosting its eOpen Day from June 19-20.

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