The new Charter changes the official name of the Institute with effect from academic year 2019/20: it becomes the Macao Institute for Tourism Studies, or IFTM. The latter is the acronym for its updated name in Portuguese, Instituto de Formação Turística de Macau.
The Institute also gets a Chancellor, who is responsible for approving and awarding honorary degrees and other honours, and who presides over all Institute events he or she attends. Each incumbent Chief Executive of the Macao SAR is assigned – on an ex-officio basis – the role of Chancellor of the Institute.
The new structure includes a Council for the Institute. The Council comprises representatives of the Institute, the Macao SAR Government, the student body, Institute alumni, and the wider Macao community, including the tourism and hospitality industry.
The Council must approve the general direction of the Institute’s work and its development plans, thus contributing to improving the institution’s governance and to strengthening links with the local community. Other duties of the Council include recommending candidates for leading management positions at the Institute and approving new programmes of education, and new teaching or research units.
The Charter also establishes bodies called respectively the Administrative Council – which is in charge of management and administration – and the Academic Council, which oversees academic matters.
Another change is the transformation of the Tourism College into 2 entities: the School of Hospitality Management, and the School of Tourism Management. Each School will have a dean and vice-dean appointed by the Institute. That represents an expansion of the Institute’s management team compared to the arrangements prior to the adoption of the new Charter.
A third – also new – school is the School of Continuing Education; it takes on the work that had – until the end of academic year 2018/19 – been done in that field by the Tourism and Hotel School. In another change wrought by the new Charter, the status of the Educational Restaurant is raised to that of a training unit in its own right, like the Pousada de Mong-Há Educational Hotel.
The new Charter gives the Institute an aggregate of 3 independent academic units. The newcomer is the Centre for Teaching and Learning Enhancement, which will sit alongside the existing IFT Tourism Research Centre, and the Global Centre for Tourism Education and Training.
The new Charter also makes changes to the administrative support structure of the Institute, including the establishment of a new unit for campus development. It will take on tasks such as implementation of “smart campus” projects.