Top degree for sector leaders

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 June, 2012, 12:00am


Doctor of Hotel and Tourism Management

The Doctor of Hotel and Tourism Management offered by the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) aims to train hospitality industry executives to excel in a volatile business environment.

The programme leader, Assistant Professor Henry Tsai, says the course is designed to cater to the needs of senior industry executives, top staff in governmental and non-governmental tourism organisations, and academics seeking a professional doctorate in hotel and tourism management.

'We have a diversified student profile and examples of their professional backgrounds include CEO, hotel general manager, consultant, banker, entrepreneur, government officials, lawyer, and tertiary education lecturers on hotels,' says Tai.

Learning methods are participant-centred, with an emphasis on experiential exercises, seminars and self-guided study. Individual subjects are designed to focus on innovation, creativity and the development of research skills, all in an Asian context.

The programme includes two compulsory residential schools. One is held at the start to introduce students to staff, the course and each other. The second involves an overseas study tour. Students must also do a thesis.

Applicants should have a Master of Science in Hotel and Tourism Management or equivalent, and at least five years of managerial experience in hotel management.

The programme is offered in both full- and part-time modes. The normal duration for the former is two-and-a-half years, with a maximum of five. Part-time study is usually finished in five years, with a maximum of eight.