Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts has signed two Memoranda Of Understanding (MoUs) with The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) to work together in the areas of executive education and internship programmes.
The signing ceremony, which took place today at the new SHTM premises, was presided over by Ho Kwon Ping, Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings Ltd, and Professor Kaye Chon, Dean and Chair Professor of the SHTM.
In the first MOU, the SHTM will provide Banyan Tree’s associates with executive education either at the Hong Kong facility or at any Banyan Tree property.
“One of the important roles of the SHTM is to feed research findings and other forms of expertise back to its principle base – the hospitality and tourism industry,” said Dean Chon. “We have already formed a firm foothold in establishing well-respected executive development programmes and we strive at all times to ensure that practitioners are kept abreast of the latest findings and trends that matter,” he added.
In the second MoU, the SHTM and Banyan Tree will work together in the area of student internship and training, with Banyan Tree offering internship attachments each year to a number of SHTM undergraduates. The number of student interns will be determined by mutual consent each year.
Banyan Tree will also offer one-year industry attachments to Chinese mainland students who are eligible for admission to the SHTM’s MSc programme. Both MOUs are signed for a period of five years.
“Both the SHTM and Banyan Tree see this collaboration as a win-win arrangement,” said Ho. “We get to send our associates to attend on-going skills development and job-relevant training in a hotel school that is highly regarded in Asia for its standard of excellence, as well as provide a channel for industry internship which the undergraduates will need, and also future employment in the hospitality industry for these young, aspiring students hoping to join the trade.” “Banyan Tree Macau (pictured) opens in May 2011. We are growing rapidly in China with as many as 13 new hotels opening between now and 2013 – this arrangement can only benefit service and industry standards as we move ahead,” he continued.
Echoing Ho’s remark, Dean Chon said, “With Banyan Tree’s unwavering support and with our teaching and research hotel, Hotel ICON, at the heart of our new education model, we expect more success and greater contributions in the years ahead.”