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IFTM celebrates 25th anniversary with mix of special initiatives

中文摘要 / Summary in Chinese

IFTM is celebrating 25 years of providing high-quality tourism and hospitality education to people from Macao, the Asia-Pacific region and further afield. To mark the occasion, the Institute is putting forward from this month a series of special initiatives.

One highlight is the launch of a themed website celebrating the landmark anniversary. It features some of the stories, memories and key moments from IFTM’s first 25 years. The dual-language website – available at www2.ift.edu.mo/25th – includes messages from the Chair and Vice Chair respectively of the IFTM Council, Mr. Chan Chak Mo and Mr. Francis Lui Yiu Tung. It also features testimonials from a number of alumni, from IFTM partner institutions around the world, and from the Institute’s first President, Dr. Virgínia Trigo. There is additionally a special timeline feature and a gallery of photographs.

IFTM was established in 1995, and it pioneered tourism and hospitality education in Macao. The Institute is widely regarded as the city’s leading institution in the field, and one of the region’s main exponents of such education.

Earlier this month, IFTM released a special video to mark its 25th anniversary. It focuses on the Institute’s ethos and achievements since 1995. Featured in the video are dozens of members of the IFTM community, from alumni, to current students, scholars, instructors, management and even a retired staff member.

Throughout September, IFTM is also making available a special online game, with a theme based on the Institute’s 25th anniversary. It is accessible on the social media platform WeChat.

Ensuring the 25th anniversary celebrations are appropriate for the conditions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the anniversary’s roster of events includes 2 sets of online webinars, each in series format.

One set of webinars, the “IFTM Heritage Management Alumni Online Career Talk Series”, starts on Saturday (12 September). It includes a total of 4 sessions, spread across a period running until 3 October inclusive. The initiative, by a group of IFTM alumni, aims to help current students and fresh graduates from the Heritage Management Bachelor Degree Programme learn more about the various career paths available to them, and the relevant skills required for each route. The webinar series features 9 alumni – employed variously in fields ranging from cultural heritage management to museum work, underwater archaeology and higher education – in either the private or public sector. Some of the alumni are based in Macao, while others are based respectively in Mainland China, India and the United States.

On 8 and 9 September, IFTM hosted the other webinar series that is part of the programme of special events for the 25th anniversary. The series, “Improving Indoor Air Quality for Tourism in the New Normal Era”, featured academics and professionals from Greater China and Portugal. It covered a total of 3 sessions, in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English, respectively.

The English session of the webinar was held by IFTM in partnership with the Nova University of Lisbon and Turismo de Portugal I.P. The latter body oversees tourism promotion in Portugal, and it manages a network of hotel and tourism schools across the country.

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