Institute for Tourism Studies

Introduction

Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT), established in 1995, is a public institution of higher education that falls under the governance of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao Special Administrative Region Government, People’s Republic of China. IFT offers degree and professional programmes in a wide range of tourism-related disciplines such as hospitality, tourism business, heritage, events, retail and marketing, leisure and entertainment, sports and recreation, creative and cultural studies, and culinary arts. IFT also delivers various programmes at the executive level in partnership with leading tourism schools in the world. The Institute is entrusted by the local authorities to conduct policy level research related to tourism planning and development.

The mission of IFT is to become an international tertiary institution of choice for tourism and service industry studies. Not only for the benefits of Macao, but also for the Asia Pacific region, it will equip students with professional knowledge and technical competence in preparation for their future leadership responsibilities in the industry. In order to fulfil the above mission, the Institute has the following three characteristics:

  1. Unique Identity - The Institute operates independently, specialising in providing higher education and professional training in tourism and service industry management.
  2. Integration - It blends the best approaches of academic development and professional training.
  3. Internationalisation - It seeks mutually beneficial cooperation with similar institutions abroad, actively promoting international learning experience among faculty and students.

In 1997, the Network of Asia-Pacific Education and Training Institutes in Tourism (APETIT), a body fully supported by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) selected IFT as the “training the trainer centre” offering training and advisory services for APETIT members in the Asia Pacific region. In the same year, IFT received from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) the Gold Award in “Education and Training”, which acknowledged the content and the quality of IFT’s programmes. In 2002, IFT was presented, again, with the same award for having set up the “Macao Occupational Skills Recognition System” (MORS) for the local tourism and service industry, in collaboration with the European Union (EU).

In 1999, in cooperation with EU, the Macao-Europe Centre for Advanced Tourism Studies (ME-CATS) was established in the Institute, incorporating new European concepts of tourism and service industry management into the tourism development of the Asia Pacific region. This centre aims at becoming a base for education and training in the Asia Pacific region. It promotes exchange of knowledge and experience between institutes of higher education in Europe and in the region.

In 2000, IFT became the first educational institution to be granted the TedQual Certification by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). This confirmed the international standard and quality achieved by IFT in education and training. In 2003, IFT was invited by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) to be the founding member of the Asian Academy for Heritage Management (AAHM). This consortium networks institutes of higher learning throughout the Asia-Pacific region that are engaged in the research and teaching of heritage conservation and cultural institution management.

“The 2008 Award Ceremony of Medals and Titles of Honour of the Macao SAR Government, People’s Republic of China” was held on 16 January 2009. Forty individuals and organisations were accorded honours and awards for their personal achievements, notable contributions to Macao SAR and their dedicated public and community service. The Institute for Tourism Studies was awarded the Medal of Merit for Tourism in recognition of its significant contributions in advancing local tourism development.

IFT will continue to strive ahead in its quest of learning and educational innovation, fostering professionals and making contributions to the tourism development of Macao and of the Asia Pacific region.

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Bachelor in Culinary Arts Management

Campus Full time 4 years September 2016 China Macau

The IFT's BA Culinary Arts Programme is new programme designed with the modern hospitality professional in mind. The first cohort of students joined the 4-year course in September 2011 and will graduate in 2015. [+]

Bachelor in Culinary Arts Management The IFT's BA Culinary Arts Programme is new programme designed with the modern hospitality professional in mind. The first cohort of students joined the 4-year course in September 2011 and will graduate in 2015. Whether they intend to pursue a career as a culinary chef; a front of house manager; or an all-round culinary professional, the 4-year course draws on a wide experiential base of proven lecturers and skilled craft technicians. With worldwide experience ranging from 3,4 and 5 star hotels to Michelin restaurants to event venues and the like, the IFT draws on this vast knowledge base to deliver a well-rounded broad-based foundation from which the students can flourish. With this in mind the IFT also promotes links and continually builds bridges with industry in an effort to provide much needed professionals with the potential to practice their craft in some of the finest establishments around the world – and indeed many IFT alumni are in fact doing just that. Lastly, the wide reaching culinary arts skills set taught in this programme by itself would be of little use without a thorough complimentary teaching package that incorporated such essentials as languages; culinary vocabulary; financial planning; management theory; culinary culture; trends in gastronomy; human resources and organisational behaviour; as well as such things as environmental considerations and sustainability issues; legislation; marketing and entrepreneurship. In this regard the IFT's 4 year culinary arts degree course is dedicated to providing students with an unparalleled up-to-date skill set which marks the IFT out as a beacon of educational excellence both within the pan-Asian region and beyond. [-]

Bachelor in Heritage Management

Campus Full time 4 years August 2016 China Macau

The IFT's BA Heritage Management is a programme designed with the modern hospitality professional in mind. [+]

Bachelor in Heritage Management

The IFT's BA Heritage Management is a programme designed with the modern hospitality professional in mind. The programme includes 42 courses, an internship (third year) and thesis writing. Following courses are on the list inter alia: Introduction to Heritage Management This course introduces the subject of heritage management and provides a framework of all courses in this subject specialisation. The course will principally explore the underlying principles of heritage management. It will examine how heritage management works and how it can form a useful partnership with tourism to manage the common resources that they both share in a sustainable manner. The course aims to provide students with a framework for analysing the complementary and competing demands made by heritage management and tourism business management. How such demands arise during the planning and development of heritage tourism attractions and products will be discussed throughout the course using local and international examples. Heritage Interpretation The effectiveness of the interpretation and presentation of a heritage asset aids in the understanding of the cultural value of such assets by visitors. This course will address how heritage assets can become attractions that visitors can easily consume and understand (particularly, when the balance of education with entertainment is right). The discussion of interpretation in this course will cover the concepts and techniques for the generation of the messages about the cultural value of the asset or attraction for the visitor. The course will address how visitor experience is central to the absorption of interpretation messages and in the management and planning of such attractions. It will outline the concepts and strategies currently employed for best practice interpretation/presentation and discuss some specific cases in detail. Heritage Charters and Legislation This course introduces the international, regional and local principles and legal frameworks for heritage management. Students are expected to review critically the key charters and local heritage laws and analyse the relevance of the principles stated in the charters and effectiveness of the laws within a given context. InternshipThe aim of the 6-month undergraduate internship programme is to provide students the opportunity to:... [-]


Bachelor in Hotel Management

Campus Full time 4 years August 2016 China Macau

The IFT's BA Hotel Management is a programme designed with the modern hospitality professional in mind. [+]

Bachelor in Hotel Management The IFT's BA Hotel Management is a programme designed with the modern hospitality professional in mind. The programme includes 42 courses, an internship (third year) and thesis writing. Following courses are on the list inter alia: Principles of Management The objective of this course is to provide students with background knowledge of various business disciplines, and how it relates with its environment. The study plan follows logically from the inception of business idea to eventually managing the internal organisation. Accordingly, students will be acquainted with the necessary concepts and tools to understand the essence of business management. Hotel Operations This course aims to provide students with a view of hotel operations from the perspective of a General Manager. The position of General Manager necessitates one to possess a macro and micro view of the hospitality industry in general and the hotel in particular. The person at the helm of a hotel operation constantly has to make judicious decisions based on a balance of theoretical and practical considerations.. In order that students have real world exposure to various aspects of general management, General Managers of hotels in Macao are invited to give guest lectures/seminars. The content list is not exhaustive and any suitable topics may be presented. Students are required to do a written synopsis of five presentations of their choice with an explanation as to their selection. The graded assignments and attendance make up the course grade. Lodging Management This course covers the hotel Rooms Division that is responsible for the all lodging-related aspects of a commercial hotel. The guestroom is the defining characteristic of hotels in that a hotel with its accommodation portion removed no longer can be called a hotel. Revenue generated from guestroom occupancy is typically is the bulk of a hotel’s total revenue and therefore all activities directly related to the operation of the aptly named Rooms Division, are critical. Whilst the course focuses on the core activities of the Rooms Division, i.e. Front Office and Housekeeping, the student will gain an appreciation for allied activities such as Security and Engineering operations and for the interrelationship between the Rooms Division and the other divisions within a hotel. Internship The aim of the 6-month undergraduate internship programme is to provide students the opportunity to: Develop skills and competencies for the diversity of occupations and professions in the hospitality and tourism industries and to further explore career directions.... [-]

Bachelor in Tourism Business Management

Campus Full time 4 years August 2016 China Macau

The IFT's BA Tourism Business Management is a programme designed with the modern hospitality professional in mind. [+]

Bachelor in Tourism Business Management The IFT's BA Tourism Business Management is a programme designed with the modern hospitality professional in mind. The programme includes 42 courses, an internship (third year) and thesis writing. Following courses are on the list inter alia: Tourism Destinations Tourism and hospitality industry will never exist without the wide spectrum of cultural and natural attractions at different destinations around the world. This course aims at providing students with essential knowledge of world geography as it relates to tourism and hospitality. Students will be acquainted with understanding of world travel patterns, such as the destinations and origins of tourists, major world wonders, and some special issues about travelling to certain countries. The students will be assigned to do research and presentation about cultures, taboos and attractions of some selected destinations. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to understand cultural divergence among nations and religions, and demonstrate knowledge of attractions in different parts of the world, especially those of high cultural and natural values. Principles of Management The objective of this course is to provide students with background knowledge of various business disciplines, and how it relates with its environment. The study plan follows logically from the inception of business idea to eventually managing the internal organisation. Accordingly, students will be acquainted with the necessary concepts and tools to understand the essence of business management. Inter-cultural Issues in Tourism The objective of the course is to show how culture variation can influence the patterns of human behaviour and interaction. As tourism and hotel management are business areas in which cultural diversity is more often the norm than the exception, it is important to prepare the future professionals to face, react and manage it, understanding the importance of culture to pursue and find the best solutions to both strategic and operational decisions and actions. Cross-cultural training programmes are important instruments for increasing cultural knowledge, and a project approach is followed so the students can design and present their own cultural training program, adapted to their business specific demands. Strategic Management Strategic Management is a course designed to enhance students’ planning and analytical skills when confronted by different and challenging problems related to strategic management. It builds on the foundation built from attending elementary and intermediate courses such as Principles of Marketing and Principles of Management and furthers the development of the three skills (conceptual, analytical, and group communication skills) that students are expected to acquire. At the end this course, students must demonstrate not only their: knowledge of strategic management concepts and principles, ... [-]

Bachelor in Tourism Event Management

Campus Full time 4 years August 2016 China Macau

The IFT's BA Tourism Event Management is a programme designed with the modern hospitality professional in mind. [+]

Bachelor in Tourism Event Management The IFT's BA Tourism Event Management is a programme designed with the modern hospitality professional in mind. The programme includes more than 40 courses, an internship (third year) and thesis writing. Following courses are on the list inter alia: Event Planning and Coordination This course will focus on the role of event planning, coordination and operations, firstly from choosing a venue, and understanding the site selection process. On completion of this course the student will understand the importance of planning to ensure the success of an event, construct an appropriate vision and mission for an event. The course will develop to identifying that creativity plays a central role in successful event operation. A focus will also be placed on present trends and innovations in the event industry. The students will investigate new approaches, materials and equipment being utilized to operate events ranging from a conference to an exhibition to a mega event. Introduction to Events Industry The meetings, incentives, conferences exhibitions (MICE) and events sector of the tourism industry has experienced tremendous growth globally, with many destinations already investing in major MICE facilities. This course will reflect on the growth of the MICE and events industry. It will focus on the convention industry in its present state. Identifying the size, value, trends, and growth of major convention destinations throughout the world. Students will also learn about various professional organizations within the MICE and events industry, and certifications available in the event field. Event Management: Hosting an Event The course aims to provide students with the knowledge, skills and tools for successfully researching, planning, organising, implementing and evaluating an event at IFT. Under the direction of a faculty supervisor, the class will be given the opportunity to plan, promote, operate and evaluate a live event the students will draw upon the skills and knowledge they have developed during the second year to run a successful event at IFT. An important component of this course is on project management orientation, whereby students will be taught project management skills and tools to effectively plan, budget, schedule, allocate resources, form project teams, understand team dynamics and monitor the progress of the project. Internship The aim of the 6-month undergraduate internship programme is to provide students the opportunity to: Develop skills and competencies for the diversity of occupations and professions in the hospitality and tourism industries and to further explore career directions.... [-]

Bachelor in Tourism Retail and Marketing Management

Campus Full time 4 years August 2016 China Macau

The IFT's BA Tourism Retail and Marketing Management is a programme designed with the modern hospitality professional in mind. [+]

Bachelor in Tourism Retail and Marketing Management The IFT's BA Tourism Retail and Marketing Management is a programme designed with the modern hospitality professional in mind. The programme includes more than 40 courses, an internship (third year) and thesis writing. Following courses are on the list inter alia: Principles of Retail This course introduces students to essential retailing concepts such as determination of target market, location analysis, store layout and organization, staffing, planning, merchandizing and pricing techniques, customer service policies, sales skills and store operations. The knowledge will be useful for starting retail businesses or managing retail operations. Retail and Marketing Business Project This is a capstone course that requires students to apply the theories they have learnt about retail and marketing management in the creation or revitalization of a retail business or brand. The students will be able to develop analytical thinking and team spirit. Seminar in Retail and Marketing This course alerts students to the latest development and trends in retail and marketing management. Students are encouraged to integrate the theories they have learned in previous courses and examine them in changing business contexts. Invited speakers will enlighten students on some realistic aspects of retail and marketing that are not covered in textbooks. The seminar series aim to cultivate critical and analytical thinking and encourage students to keep abreast of new trends and issues. Internship The aim of the 6-month undergraduate internship programme is to provide students the opportunity to: Develop skills and competencies for the diversity of occupations and professions in the hospitality and tourism industries and to further explore career directions.... [-]

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