SP students to benefit from overseas internships under new diploma programme
Students who sign up for Singapore Polytechnic's new Diploma in Tourism and Resort Management (DTRM) can look forward to going to Orlando, Florida, to work under the prestigious Disney International College Programme or be attached to various hotels in Las Vegas. Students could also go to Jyvaskyla in Finland for an exchange programme while others can learn spa management in Thailand.
But the first batch to experience these new internships will be SP's current second-year Business Administration students specialising in tourism management.
The new tourism diploma, which will be offered by SP's school of business, will start with an intake of 80 students for the course in April.
"It will cater specifically to the growing manpower needs of the new integrated resorts as well as the tourism and hospitality industry," said Mr Low Wong Fook, Principal, Singapore Polytechnic.
At the launch of the new diploma on 16 January 2006 at Orchard Hotel, it was revealed that the new Integrated Resorts (IRs) are expected to create an estimated 10,000 direct jobs and an additional 25,000 jobs in the wider economy in F&B, hotels, entertainment, travel, transportation, etc.
Mr James Tan, Director, Resource Development at the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), revealed that STB aims to triple tourism receipts from the current $10 billion to $30 billion and double visitor arrivals from the current eight million to 17 million by 2015. Eventually STB's target for tourism receipts is 6% of GDP up from the current 3%.
Singapore Polytechnic also signed a memorandum of cooperation with the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). UNLV's programme in hotel management has been consistently rated number two in the whole of the USA.
Dean of UNLV's College of Hotel Administration campus in Singapore, Dr Andy Nazarechuk, said he looks forward to regular collaborations between students and faculty from SP and UNLV.
"This exchange of ideas is important as UNLV will get a chance to learn about the local market here while Singaporeans can be exposed to our style of hospitality management," he said.
The global gaming consultant also revealed that UNLV has set up its Singapore home at the new National Library on Victoria Street. The campus, the first outside the United States, will occupy the 10th and 11th floors of the 16-storey building.
For speech by Mr Low Wong Fook, Principal, Singapore Polytechnic, click here