Institute for Tourism Studies, Macau

Introduction

In 2017, the Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT) has received a successful International Quality Review(IQR) from the UK's Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), making IFT become the world’s first higher education institution to receive this international recognition. IFT has been ranked by the “QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017” as the 2nd best higher education institution in Asia in the field of hospitality and leisure management and the 18th best higher education institution in this field in the world.

Institute for Tourism Studies, Macau (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.

Integration - It blends the best approaches to academic development and professional training. 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 the 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 for 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 2018 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.... [-]


Bachelor in Heritage Management

Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 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... [-]


Bachelor in Hotel Management

Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 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.... [-]


Bachelor in Tourism Business Management

Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 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.... [-]


Bachelor in Tourism Event Management

Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 China Macau

The I.F.T.'s BA Tourism Event Management is a programme designed with the modern hospitality professional in mind. [+]

Bachelor in Tourism Event Management

The I.F.T.'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.... [-]


Bachelor in Tourism Retail and Marketing Management

Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 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.... [-]


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