EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
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he IFT Tourism College offers the biggest selection in Macao of bachelor degree programmes relevant to tourism and hospitality. The College employs academics from around the world and has a global network of partners in those industries. Faculty members strive to give the best theoretical and practical education in an international hospitality environment.

Students at the Tourism College have access to specialised training facilities. These include state-of-the-art classrooms; a heritage documentation laboratory; mock-ups of a hotel front desk and housekeeping room; several kitchens – Chinese and Western – for various purposes, including cooking demonstrations; an educational restaurant; and a training hotel.

The unique educational experience that the Tourism College provides encompasses off-campus activities to broaden the horizons of undergraduates. Activities such as field trips and site tours expose students to the reality of tourism and hospitality environments.

The Tourism College has long been recognised in Macao for its innovative approach to teaching, transforming the classroom into a place for learning about the real world through the integration of theory and practice. Starting in their 1st year, students taking bachelor degree programmes have opportunities to gain hands-on experience by doing a wide range of projects, including organising events, engaging in charitable activities, developing food guides and giving Macao enterprises business advice.

LEARNING PUT 
TO THE TEST

IFT students studying for bachelor degrees are required to complete a 6-month internship in the 3rd year of their studies, and all students enrolled in a daytime programme that leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science must produce an individual thesis as a graduation requirement: the double requirement is unique in tertiary education in Macao. Students can opt for internship placements in Macao or one of many other places around the world, including Thailand, the Maldives, France, Portugal, New Zealand or the United States.

OUR ACADEMIC STAFF

Our academic staff come from around the globe and all are committed to academic excellence and to providing outstanding support for our students.

OUR BACHELOR DEGREE PROGRAMMES
– Culinary Arts Management

– Heritage Management

– Hotel Management

– Tourism Business Management

– Tourism Event Management

– Tourism Retail and Marketing Management

– Hotel Management

– Tourism Event Management

– Tourism Retail and Marketing Management
    started in 2016/17


1,532

STUDENTS ENROLLED IN BACHELOR DEGREE PROGRAMMES IN ACADEMIC YEAR 2015/16


19

NUMBER OF NATIONALITIES OF STUDENTS ENROLLED IN 2015/16

A MAGNET FOR TOP STUDENTS

IFT is proud to be the first choice among young Macao people seeking a degree relevant to tourism and hospitality, and to be among the preferences of students from elsewhere in search of high-quality education and an international learning experience.

BRYAN LO
Culinary Arts Management student

 

KAREN LIN
Hotel Management student

 

ABDUL BASIT QURESHI
Culinary Arts Management student

 

VERA WINTER
Tourism Retail and Marketing Management student

 

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Employers have a high regard for a degree awarded by the Tourism College and they are keen to recruit our graduates. Our bachelor degree programmes do more than just prepare students for employment: a considerable proportion of Tourism College graduates go on to further their studies at top universities around the world.

355

NEW BACHELOR DEGREE GRADUATES IN 2015/16

IFT is proud to be the first choice among young Macao people seeking a degree relevant to tourism and hospitality

  • Culinary Arts Management

  • Heritage Management

  • Hotel Management

  • Tourism Business Management

  • Tourism Event Management

  • Tourism Retail and Marketing Management

  • Hotel Management (Evening)

  • Tourism Event Management (Evening)

CYRUS IM
2008 graduate in Tourism Business Management

 

JOE YANG
2009 graduate in Hotel Management

 

VICKY CHEN
2012 graduate in Heritage Management

 

MARCELA FOK
2015 graduate in Tourism Retail and Marketing Management

 

WHAT WAS THE CLASS OF 2015 DOING 6 MONTHS AFTER GRADUATION?

92%

WERE EMPLOYED OR FURTHERING THEIR STUDIES

 
65%

WERE WORKING IN TOURISM OR HOSPITALITY

 
88%

RECOMMENDED IFT FOR STUDIES LEADING TO A BACHELOR DEGREE

 
94%

RATE OF EMPLOYER SATISFACTION WITH IFT GRADUATES

 

Source: IFT employment survey conducted in December 2015; IFT employer survey conducted in 2016

PROJECT-BASED LEARNING

The curriculum at the Tourism College emphasises project-based learning. Students are invited to experience real situations and confront real challenges by undertaking hands-on projects, so developing pan-curricular skills while collaborating in small groups.

IFT offers several courses designed to build up the entrepreneurial skills of students. These courses entail undertaking projects developed in cooperation with selected partners in the tourism industry.

In academic year 2015/16 students taking the Retail and Marketing Business Project course acted as marketing consultants to 2 restaurants in Macao, doing market research and analysis, and coming up with marketing and promotional campaigns. Students taking the Visual Merchandising and Store Design course were challenged to come up with ideas for retailing in an area of Macao being redeveloped as a hub for the arts and other creative endeavours.

Every academic year students taking the Tourism Business Management bachelor degree programme offer free guided tours of Macao. The purpose of the project is to improve their planning and communication skills, and to enhance their knowledge of the city.

In academic year 2015/16 the students conducted the tours in both semesters. They came up with different itineraries, which took their tour parties to Senado Square, the A-Ma Temple and the Mandarin’s House, among other places.

Year 3 students taking the Heritage Management and Tourism Business Management bachelor degree programmes banded together in the first semester of academic year 2015/16 to stage a festival celebrating Cantonese Opera.

The festival was an opportunity for the Heritage Management programme students to put to use what they had learned from their Heritage Interpretation course. The group also had to find the right balance between education and entertainment in turning Cantonese Opera, part of Macao’s living heritage, into an attraction that festival-goers could easily understand and enjoy.

As part of their Cultural Mapping course, a group of Year 4 students taking the Heritage Management bachelor degree programme arranged an event held in the second semester of academic year 2015/16 that celebrated the cultural wealth of the Inner Harbour area.

Dozens of people living in the area joined in. The event included an introduction to the Inner Harbour cultural mapping project undertaken by the students and an exhibition showing the history of the area. Also on the programme were an experience-sharing session involving residents and the screening of a documentary about the Inner Harbour area, which the students produced.

Each year IFT holds the Macau Slow Food Awards and Gala Dinner. The awards are presented to businesses that adhere to the Slow Food movement tenets that food should be good, clean and fair.

It is an annual endeavour of Year 2 students taking the Tourism Event Management bachelor degree programme. The project is part of their Supervised Work Experience course. More than 90 guests attended the 2015 event, held in November.

IFT students and the Macau Slow Food Association also publish the annual Macau Slow Food Restaurant Guide.

STUDENT RESEARCH

IFT is the only institution of higher education in Macao that requires all students enrolled in a daytime programme that leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science to produce an individual thesis as a graduation requirement.