Held on Monday, 16 January 2006 at 3 pm at Orchard Hotel
Dr. Andy Nazarechuk, Dean of the University of Nevada Las Vegas - Singapore (UNLV),
Mr James Tan, Director, Resource Development Division, Singapore Tourism Board,
Dr Robin Yap, Regional Director, Asia, Insight International Tours (S) Pte. Ltd. and Deputy President of the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS),
Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen
Welcome to our Tourism Seminar.
This afternoon, besides attending the Tourism Seminar, you will witness the launch of our new Diploma Course in Tourism and Resort Management (DTRM) to be offered by the School of Business from April and the signing of a Memorandum of Co-operation between University of Nevada Las Vegas – Singapore and Singapore Polytechnic.
Let me first talk about the new course. This new diploma course will cater specifically to the growing manpower needs of the new integrated resorts and in general to the needs of our expanding tourism and hospitality industry. The course intends to produce tourism practitioners who are business and service oriented. In fact, the Motto of the course is to "Serve with Skill, Pride and Dignity". To achieve this, graduates will be well equipped with great service skills supported by sound business knowledge of the tourism industry.
Some of the specialised areas covered by the course will include "Gaming Operations and Management", "Hotel and Resort Operations", "Spa and Resort Management", "Tourist Behaviour and Research" and "Integrated Marketing in Tourism".
One important feature of the course is that students will be required to undertake industry-based projects in all three years of their course. In addition, they will be required to undergo a 20-week internship programme in the 3rd year. These will ensure that they will be industry ready when they graduate.
While the majority of the students will undergo their internship in local tourism and hospitality establishments, we are planning for 25% per cent of the students to do their internships overseas in countries such as USA, Finland and Thailand.
I am also pleased to announce that we have recently tied-up with Disney World, Orlando, USA to enable our students to do their internship at Disney World under the Disney International College Programme.
We are indeed grateful to the Singapore Tourism Board for helping us in the development of the new course. The STB has provided very useful information and advice for us to develop a course that will meet the needs of the industry.
Today, we are happy also to be signing a Memorandum of Co-operation with the University of Nevada Las Vegas – Singapore. The University of Nevada Las Vegas, is one of the premier colleges in the U.S, well regarded for its Hospitality Management programme. It has been consistently ranked in the top two positions for its undergraduate Hospitality Management degree course.
With the signing of the MOC, both Institutions agree to enter into a co-operative relationship for the general purpose of promoting educational, research and cultural programmes for the mutual benefit of both parties. Specifically, the agreement will cover collaboration between Singapore Polytechnic and UNLV- Singapore in the areas of student/staff exchanges, internship, research projects, co-operation on academic and administrative matters. I believe that this signing ceremony is a small beginning for big things to come.
Finally, I would like to thank all of you for being present here at this event and wish you an enjoyable and enriching afternoon.