Hotel & tourism schools announce new partnerships

Top establishments from around the world innovate in research and study programmes

This year sees a number of major announcements from tops schools when it comes to education programmes and new partnerships.

has announced a new partnership with the University of Surrey, offering PhD programmes that will allow doctoral students from various disciplines to attain a dual PhD from both institutions.

The first programme will be launched in the research fields of hospitality and tourism, with further programmes to follow in other disciplines. Under the cotutelle model, the PhD students in both universities will have the privilege of broadening their international exposure and network during their studies. They will also be involved in research projects that are supervised by their home and host universities. This is the first joint PhD programme leading to dual awards between PolyU and a global leading institution in Europe.

Citing the example of the first programme in the agreement, the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at PolyU and the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Surrey will provide joint thesis supervision and award of a dual degree to doctoral candidates. The students will spend no less than 18 months at each institution and must fulfil all requirements set by each. However, they only need to complete one doctoral thesis.

Upon completion of the programme, they will receive a dual PhD degree with separate award parchments.

Professor Jin-Guang Teng, President of PolyU, stated, “Collaboration between academic institutions is a prevailing global trend in higher education. The sharing of resources and expertise between universities can greatly benefit their educational and research programmes. This agreement provides an excellent opportunity for our PhD students to participate in world class research led by internationally leading experts in their fields at both universities.”

make partnership official – launching “Master of Science Wine & Hospitality Management”.

Inès Blal, Managing Director and Executive Dean of Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, and José Milano, Director General of KEDGE Business School, have announced the launch of a joint “Master of Science Wine & Hospitality Management” programme for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Inès Blal, Managing Director and Executive Dean of Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

The new course will, says Ms Blal, offer an unprecedented programme which responds to the issues of the viti-vinicultural, hotel and restaurant sectors and to market demand.

The Master of Science Wine & Hospitality Management will welcome its first students in October 2020. The programme will run for three semesters, including six months’ in-company work experience. It will enable students to acquire sound technical, managerial, marketing and economic skills, and understand and analyse key trends in the wine, hotel and restaurant sectors, market opportunities and potential synergies, in order to develop an optimal strategic vision.

Photo: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)