he Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT) is operating in a time of fundamental change and of opportunity. In recent years, we have strengthened our position as one of the top institutions of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region that specialises in tourism and hospitality. We have made great strides in upgrading the quality of the education we provide, in raising our global competitiveness and in promoting international cooperation.
Our research capabilities have been greatly increased and we have enlarged our footprint with a new campus on Taipa, granted by the Macao SAR Government in 2015. The additional space has given us the support that is essential as we work toward creating a truly outstanding experience for students and academic staff.
We have seen growing numbers of IFT students doing some of their undergraduate studies abroad via exchange programmes or undertaking their curricular internships with IFT industry partners outside Macao. These experiences offer students the opportunity to acquire cross-cultural abilities, and to think critically about the world and their role in it. Conversely, we continue to attract students from beyond Macao’s borders, including exchange students, some coming from as far afield as North America and Europe.
“IFT IS DELIBERATELY SPECIALISED AND IS UNIQUELY POSITIONED TO WORK SIDE BY SIDE WITH INDUSTRY, THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PEOPLE OF MACAO – AND THE WIDER WORLD – TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS FACING THE TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY BUSINESS TODAY”
IFT is building its international stature as a trusted partner for training and research. We have partnerships with several organisations, including the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), UNESCO and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). New projects are now underway, helping to strengthen the Institute’s position as a training and education hub for Asia.
IFT remains a top provider of vocational and occupational training in Macao through the Tourism and Hotel School. Each year, we teach hundreds of courses to about 20,000 students, and many of these courses lead to certificates or diplomas recognised by the tourism and hospitality industries globally. We are strengthening our offering in this area, with new courses in fields such as creative studies, in a bid to support the Macao SAR Government’s effort to promote adequate economic diversification.
On behalf of the Institute’s management, I wish to express our admiration and gratitude to every member of the IFT community, whose exceptional passion, energy and determination have been so important to our development. I similarly express our admiration and gratitude to the Macao SAR Government, the support and patronage of which will continue to be critically important to IFT as we progress.
As an institution focused on nurturing talent, we must be far-sighted. The Institute has come a long way in recent years. Looking ahead, it is our duty to ensure our development keeps gaining momentum, contributing to promoting Macao as a world centre for tourism and leisure, as envisaged by the Macao SAR Government and the Central Government.
Dr. Fanny Vong