HK tourism school offers cutting-edge courses

Published on : Friday, November 1, 2013

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, which runs the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM), is preparing students for leadership positions in their chosen careers by offering cutting-edge courses like Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Hotel and Tourism Management programme and the world’s first professional Doctor of Hotel and Tourism Management (D.HTM) degree.

“The hallmark of a world class doctoral programme is not only the research it generates but also the extent to which it provides graduates with outstanding career opportunities,” said Professor Kaye Chon, Dean and Chair Professor of the SHTM. With the focus of global tourism shifting to Asia from the west, the SHTM is trying to consolidate its leadership in hospitality and tourism education by offering not one but two exceptional doctoral programmes.

To provide leadership in developing future scholars in hospitality and tourism management, the SHTM offers research programmes leading to the Ph.D. degree. The globally recognised researchers at the School, together with the attractive stipend for research students and the unique “East-meets-West” environment, make its highly competitive Ph.D. programme very successful.

The Ph.D. programme produces both scholars and industry professionals, with many of the School’s graduates now serving the industry as well as the academia worldwide. Recent graduates from the institute include Dr Ahmed Salih, who is now Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Republic of the Maldives. Dr Vera Shanshan Lin moved into academia following graduation and is now Assistant Professor at the School of Management of the Zhejiang University. Dr Yong Chen has accepted an offer from the Ecole hôtelière deLausanne and will join the respected School as Assistant Professor in January 2014.

Since its inception, the programme’s truly global student base has hailed from as far and wide as Ghana, Japan, Macau, Mainland China, Korea, Taiwan and the United States.

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