RMIT tourism program receives global accreditation

RMIT tourism program receives global accreditation

RMIT Vietnam has become the first university in Vietnam to attain formal accreditation for its Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management program from the Institute of Hospitality.

The accreditation demonstrates that the program meets recognised standards of professional knowledge, skills and understanding on a global scale.

Based in the United Kingdom, the Institute of Hospitality is an internationally-recognised professional association for managers and aspiring managers, who are working and studying in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industries.

Graduates from the three-year Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management program go on to pursue careers in administration and management. 

Associate Professor Mathews Nkhoma (second from left) and academics from the Tourism and Hospitality Management program.

RMIT Vietnam Head of School of Business and Management Associate Professor Mathews Nkhoma said he was thrilled to have received accreditation from one of the world’s most renowned tourism and hospitality institutes.

“This recognition gives students, prospective students and parents the assurance that the RMIT Tourism & Hospitality Management credential is valued, internationally-recognised, and connected to a global network of professionals,” Nkhoma said.

“This guarantee of quality will also attract industry partners, strengthening our connections in the field and creating new opportunities for internships and work-integrated learning, which better prepares our graduates for life and work.”

Vietnam’s tourism industry is experiencing a boom, with the number of international tourists expected to climb to 31 million by 2025 – making Vietnam the fastest growing tourist destination in Asia, according to a report by the world tourism organisation, UNWTO.

The projected growth poses big challenges for the country, including an unprecedented demand for a well-trained work force. 

Tourism and Hospitality Management students attend a workshop on restaurant kitchen management conducted by Q Industries Vietnam.

Through strong partnerships with local and overseas partners including InterContinental Hotels Group, Sheraton Hotel and Hilton Hotel, RMIT Vietnam can develop Tourism and Hospitality Management graduates who lead the industry in Vietnam and across the globe.

In March, the University signed a Memoranda of Understanding with Q Industries Vietnam, a hospitality solutions organisations, to boost collaboration between the two organisations, and also became the first university in Vietnam to have a Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) membership exclusively for students.

Discipline Lead of the Tourism and Hospitality Management program Dr Jackie Ong said the PATA membership would bring more learning and networking opportunities for students.

“PATA can train our students and provide them with industry expertise,” Ong said.

“The membership also allows our students to grow through this network when they go out for their internships.”

 

Story: Ha Hoang and Jasmijn van Houten

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