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Old December 20th, 2010, 07:53 PM   #61
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Graduate education goes global
20 November 2010
South China Morning Post

Hong Kong's development as a learning society is advancing rapidly. The government is supporting the process and many people are eager to gain additional qualifications, whether for career advancement or personal interest.

Education is one of the six new pillars of the economy announced last year by Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen as the focus for Hong Kong's long-term development. The other five - all knowledge-based - will rely on it to provide the required professional expertise.

Extra government funding for research - the backbone of any education system - is supporting hundreds of extra places for young researchers and will result in new research projects in the strategic areas of health, the environment and business.

Universities are also making breakthroughs in cutting-edge fields, such as space science, after securing recognition or partnership deals from central government agencies.

Students are the key to Tsang's other goal of turning Hong Kong into an education hub. This will rely both on attracting top students from around the world and retaining the best home-grown talent. Once it was the norm for bright graduates planning research careers to go to the United States or Britain for postgraduate study. But today more than 75 per cent of Hong Kong graduates who go on to higher degrees opt to study at the city's own universities.

While local and mainland students dominate city campuses, there are early signs that graduate business education is becoming truly international: one MBA programme is drawing 48 per cent of its students from abroad, on top of 34 per cent from the mainland.

This year's guide outlines new programmes that specifically aim to provide qualified people to meet the needs of two sectors in the government's plan: medical services and cultural and creative industries. The advanced cultural leadership programme launched by the University of Hong Kong in September aims to produce 100 arts leaders in five years, a time frame that coincides with the development of the West Kowloon Cultural District.

Meanwhile, Chinese University has launch an advanced emergency nursing practice programme to help address an acute shortage of medical staff across the city's accident and emergency departments. Other new programmes are targeted at the existing key industries of tourism, trading and logistics.

Legal education has been expanded in recent years, but universities are now concentrating on setting up programmes designed to equip law graduates with the specialist knowledge needed to practise in growth areas such as transport, logistics and arbitration.

And Polytechnic University has even built its own HK$1.3 billion hotel to enhance the training provided by its award-winning school of hotel and tourism management. The 262-bedroom Hotel Icon, which is due to open early next year, is designed to let students learn in a real-life, commercial environment.

Who knows? Might people, one day, come to Hong Kong just for the experience of staying in its university-run hotel and visiting the bar operated exclusively by students? That would give a whole new meaning to the term "education hub".
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Old December 26th, 2010, 08:55 PM   #62
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PolyU school to offer a real-life learning environment

20 November 2010
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A new boutique hotel due to open in Tsim Sha Tsui early next year boasts harbour views, a rooftop restaurant, a spa and an executive club. Hotel Icon is the first of its kind in the world - but not due to any of these features, which are virtually de rigueur for upscale hotels in Hong Kong's central tourism districts. It is the first hotel incorporating a hotel and tourism management school to be wholly owned and run by a university.

The 28-storey, deluxe establishment will be a complete teaching hotel designed to provide an authentic, real-life learning environment for students.

Polytechnic University has plunged HK$1.3 billion into the 262-room hotel, which will also house its school of hotel and tourism management and provide residential quarters for some university staff.

From September next year, about 100 students will be trained at the hotel at any one time, with many courses held over the summer.

Its Bistro 1979 bar - named after the year the school was founded - will be run solely by students as a commercial venture. Other parts of the hotel will employ qualified and experienced hotel staff, who will be regularly shadowed by students seeking to learn about various aspects of the hospitality trade.

Judy Hou Chia-huei, director of human capital, said the hotel would provide postgraduate students with a rare opportunity to study and work in a commercial environment.

Master's students were typically looking for research and data collection opportunities to provide detailed and up-to-date information for their dissertations.

"Most of the requests from master's and PhD students are for research and data," Hou said. "So they come and interview us at work or do observations of the different sections. The research fields can be marketing, a human resources project or hospitality education.

"They can come for a front-of-the house observation, or to the back of the house, to view the side the guests never get to see: preparation, housekeeping and engineering. Then there is the human resources side, the accounting and so forth."

Facilities that will be available to students include Western and Eastern cuisine production laboratories as well as bakery and pastry centres.

Students can also use the reading and learning areas of the Che-woo Lui Hotel and Tourism Research Centre, which will house units for research into tourism on the mainland and for hospitality research and development.

Hou said employment prospects for hotel and tourism postgraduates were good in Hong Kong and on the mainland, and that Hotel Icon's graduates would be well prepared to return to work as they would never have left the hotel environment.

"There is a huge drought here in Asia for hotel and tourism industry professionals," she said. "Just look at Hong Kong. There are tens of thousands of mainland tourists coming every year. Next year, the Ritz-Carlton and two smaller hotels are opening in Hong Kong as well as Hotel Icon."

She said one major hotel chain alone was seeking between 100 and 150 general managers for the mainland over the next five to 10 years, and many of the master's students would be looking for such positions.

Promotional opportunities were expected to be particularly good on the mainland, where there was a shortage of senior hotel managers because of the rapid expansion of the hospitality industry in recent years.

Both Hou, who has been based in Hong Kong for a year, and Richard Hatter, general manager at Hotel Icon, have years of commercial hotel experience. Hatter was with the Shangri-La chain for 17 years and Hou used to work for the Mandarin Oriental.

PolyU's School of Hotel and Tourism Management was ranked second in the world after Cornell University in the United States last year by the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research.

Professor Kaye Chon Kye-sung, the school's director, said special facilities at Hotel Icon that could be used by master's students included the Vinoteca Lab, a wine laboratory that would train students to take part in Hong Kong's growing role as a wine hub.

There are also three prototype guest rooms where tradition will be thrown to the wind. Students will have the opportunity to investigate new ways of providing accommodation with a difference.

"You can dismantle and reorganise all the furniture," Chon said. "The hotel trade is very much a tradition-based industry. The bathroom, wardrobe, bed - it all follows a cookie-cutter format. We want to challenge that tradition. Each of the three rooms will have different themes."

The themes will include technological elements - temperature control systems that change the smell of the room to suit the guest. Beds will be adjustable to suit the guest's instructions - soft, hard, the type of pillows and so on.

"I sleep better when I hear raindrops, so you could easily create that with new technology," Chon said. "The three rooms - one is about design, another is about new technology - introducing a new way of doing things.

"How about having the bed away from the wall, or the bathtub in the middle of the room? Many hotel companies want to do this, but they can't take the risk in case they annoy the customer. But this is a teaching and research hotel, so customers will be more understanding."

Chon said other ideas included a wandering alarm clock for sleepy guests. "Sometimes you are so tired that you just switch it off. Imagine having an alarm clock that moves around the room and then you have to chase it," he said.

That experiment is still continuing.
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PolyU Opens its Samsung Digital Lab for Hospitality Technology and New Premises for its School of Hotel and Tourism Management
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2011/03/4

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is proud to announce today (4 March) the opening of the expanded Samsung Digital Lab for Hospitality Technology and the new premises for its School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) in the former site of staff quarters in Tsimshatsui East.

Equipped with advanced computing facilities and specialized software for the industry, the expanded Samsung Digital Lab for Hospitality Technology is one of the major facilities in the new SHTM premises. It is officially opened today by Mr Alex Chung, Chief Operating Officer of Samsung Electronics Hong Kong Co. Ltd.; Professor Timothy W. Tong, PolyU President; Professor Kaye Chon, Dean of SHTM and Chair Professor; and Mr Terence Ronson, Managing Director of Pertlink.

"The hospitality and tourism sector is a major pillar of Hong Kong's economy. As the leading provider of hospitality and tourism education in the Asia-Pacific region, SHTM has been instrumental in nurturing young professionals much sought after by the industry," said Mr Alex Chung. "Sharing a common vision to advancing educational development, Samsung has been working closely with PolyU in establishing and expanding the Samsung Digital Lab for Hospitality Technology for the good of students. We believe that the Lab will bring long-term benefits to students by providing them with the opportunity to learn and apply the latest information technology in the industry setting. We are also privileged to be able to inject creativity into hospitality and tourism education."

Professor Tong thanked Samsung for making this education partnership a remarkable success. "I believe the sponsorship will enable our students to keep abreast of the latest technology available in the industry and enhance their competitive edge. It will also give a fresh impetus to the SHTM's on-going efforts in the advancement of education development," he said. With classes regularly held in the Lab, and Executive Development Programmes making use of the facilities, a broad range of learners as well as researchers will also benefit from the use of this Lab.

Built around the generous sponsorship from Samsung Electronics, the Digital Lab is home to a wide range of computing and audio-visual equipment, including 67 sets of 15.6" wide screen notebooks, 40" Full HD LCD iDTVs, 4-in-1 colour multi-functional laser printers, projectors and blu-ray players. All computers are installed with advanced software products that facilitate teaching of subjects including lodging management, revenue management, financial management, convention and events management, E-business, hospitality technology management and data analysis for the industry.

The support of the industry is clearly of vital importance as a new chapter in the SHTM's development opened recently with staff and students moved into the new premises. Professor Kaye Chon and his team took the opportunity to introduce the new facilities to guests gathered together at the SHTM Open House function. They proudly showcased new facilities in the SHTM premises such as the Samsung Digital Lab for Hospitality Technology, Che-woo Lui Hotel and Tourism Resource Centre, Bistro 1979 (SHTM's training restaurant), Vinoteca Lab (wine lab) as well as various function rooms and lecture halls.

PolyU has undertaken a unique project over the past few years to develop dedicated premises for the SHTM to further enhance its world leadership position in hospitality and tourism education, with a view to making greater contribution to Hong Kong, the region and the world. The result is an impressive complex of 28 storeys with three components: the SHTM home base, a teaching and research hotel, and the PolyU staff quarters.

"With Asia emerging as the global centre of excellence in hospitality and tourism business, we see the need to advance both education and research in hotel and tourism management," Professor Kaye Chon remarked. "As a purpose-driven School, we are constantly pushing into new areas. We are confident that the SHTM's new education model will help to improve hospitality and tourism education everywhere," he said.

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About PolyU's School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM)

SHTM is one of the world's leading providers of hospitality and tourism education. It was ranked No. 2 in the world among hotel and tourism schools based on research and scholarship, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research in 2009. With more than 60 academic staff drawing from 18 countries, the SHTM offers programmes at levels ranging from Higher Diploma to Ph.D. It is designated by the United Nations World Tourism Organization as one of its global Education and Training Centres.

SHTM website: www.polyu.edu.hk/htm

About Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of US$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 174,000 people in 193 offices across 66 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognised as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs.
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