The IFT Tourism College has on offer the largest choice in Macao of programmes that lead either to a bachelor’s degree in tourism or one in hospitality. The College employs an international team of scholars, and benefits from a global network of partners.

Students at the IFT Tourism College have access to specialised training facilities that include an Educational Restaurant and an Educational Hotel. The IFT Tourism College also has mock-ups of a hotel front desk and housekeeping room, several Chinese and Western kitchens that are often used for demonstrations, a heritage-documentation laboratory, and state-of-the-art classrooms.

The unique educational experience offered by IFT includes off-campus activities designed to broaden the horizons of undergraduates. Examples include field trips and tours giving students insights into the latest trends in tourism and hospitality.

The IFT Tourism College is known throughout Macao for its innovative approach to teaching, in terms of integrating theory and practice. Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through special projects such as arranging charity events and providing business consultancy services to Macao enterprises.

It is mandatory for Year 3 IFT undergraduates to complete either a 6-month or 800-hour internship. All students taking daytime programmes leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science must produce a thesis before they are permitted to graduate. No other tertiary education institution in Macao has this combination of graduation requirements.

Students can choose to do their internship either in Macao or a variety of places abroad. In academic year 2018/19, IFT students attended internships in respectively Finland, France, Mainland China, New Zealand, Portugal, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

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Postgraduate education available from 2019/20

 

IFT launched its first group of postgraduate programmes – at respectively diploma-, master’s degree- and PhD-level – in academic year 2019/20. That followed the Institute completing all relevant preparatory work during 2018/19. It is expected that the ability to offer postgraduate education will help the Institute further consolidate its role as a top provider of tourism and hospitality education in the Asia-Pacific region.

In academic year 2019/20, IFT began offering postgraduate programmes leading respectively to a master’s degree in either: International Hospitality Management; Hospitality and Tourism Management; or International Food and Beverage Management. Another opportunity introduced in 2019/20 by IFT regarding further studies was the programme leading to the Postgraduate Diploma in International Hospitality and Tourism Management.

The Institute also started a programme leading to a doctoral degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. The PhD programme is aimed at postgraduates that envisage either an academic or research career.

Available bachelor’s degree programmes
Daytime programmes (delivered in English)

Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts Management

Bachelor of Science in Heritage Management

Bachelor of Science in Hotel Management

Bachelor of Science in Tourism Business Management

Bachelor of Science in Tourism Event Management

Bachelor of Science in Tourism Retail and Marketing Management

Evening programmes (delivered in Chinese)

Bachelor of Science in Hotel Management

Bachelor of Science in Tourism Event Management

Bachelor of Science in Tourism Retail and Marketing Management

THE RIGHT CHOICE

IFT works to attract high-potential students – from Macao and beyond – to its Tourism College, by offering them quality education in tourism and hospitality, an environment open to ideas from around the world, and a wide array of opportunities for personal development.

2018/19 graduates

  • Culinary Arts Management
  • Tourism Business Management
  • Heritage Management
  • Hotel Management
  • Hotel Management (evening)
  • Tourism Event Management
  • Tourism Event Management (evening)
  • Tourism Retail and Marketing Management

Students enrolled in diploma and bachelor’s degree programmes

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applications for the 2018/19 academic-year intake
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of students enrolled in academic year 2018/19 were from outside Macao
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nationalities were represented among students in 2018/19
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candidates were awarded bachelor’s degrees in 2018/19

FUTURE-READY GRADUATES

A degree awarded by the IFT Tourism College is held in high regard by employers in Macao and around the world, and they seek out Institute graduates. A proportion of IFT graduates choose alternatively to continue their education at top universities around the world before entering the workplace.

What was the class of 2018 doing 6 months after graduation?
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were employed or pursuing further studies
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were working in tourism or hospitality
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of those in work in Macao had full-time employment, earning median monthly pay of MOP15,300
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recommended IFT as a place to study for a bachelor’s degree

(Source: IFT Career Placement Survey, conducted in December 2018)

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Positions were available at the 2019 edition of the IFT Career Day – a job fair held annually for the Institute’s students – offered by an aggregate of 56 employers
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Businesses and other entities outside Macao that took on IFT student interns in 2018/19

SUPPORTING EVENING STUDY

IFT offers 3 bachelor degree programmes via evening classes. These are: Tourism Event Management; Hotel Management; and Tourism Retail and Marketing Management. The first 2 programmes were launched in evening-class format in academic year 2010/11. Tourism Retail and Marketing Management has been offered since academic year 2016/17.

The evening bachelor degree programmes complement, and are an alternative to, IFT’s existing daytime class arrangements. The aim is to further the Institute’s nurturing of new, talented professionals for the city’s tourism and hospitality industry. Evening programmes target in particular 2 groups of people. These are: employed people who might or might not have a bachelor degree but wish to further their studies in order to meet their career needs; and those freshly-graduated from high school who need to work for financial reasons or other personal motivations and cannot take up an IFT daytime bachelor degree programme.

Each year, IFT accepts up to 40 new students per evening bachelor degree programme. Besides the normal application procedures, the Institute offers a referral scheme, allowing companies in Macao to recommend employees for enrolment in IFT programmes without the employees needing to take part in written IFT entrance examinations.

The same quality standards apply to daytime and evening programmes at IFT. Students on evening bachelor degree programmes are required to attend a curricular internship, in the manner of their counterparts on daytime programmes. But evening students are given greater flexibility regarding completion of their internship. Evening programme undergraduates who are already working can apply to have their work time counted for internship purposes, provided their job relates to the area of specialisation covered by their bachelor degree programme.

Another difference between an IFT programme delivered in the daytime, versus the evening, is the medium of teaching. Lectures for daytime programmes are in English; those for evening programmes are in Chinese. In addition, the evening degree programmes are delivered in modules.

Classes in the IFT evening bachelor degree programmes make wide use of “experiential learning”, i.e., the process of acquiring knowledge through experience – a trademark of IFT’s educational practices. The Institute also regularly invites executives working in relevant fields to meet evening bachelor degree programme students, and deliver talks or lead seminars.

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