The Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT) has been inviting numerous entrepreneurs in Macao to come to the Institute and share their precious experience of entrepreneurship with our bachelor degree programme students.
IFT has integrated entrepreneurship course in its entire bachelor degree programmes since 2015, namely Culinary Arts Management, Heritage Management, Hotel Management, Tourism Business Management, Tourism Event Management and Tourism Retail and Marketing Management. This fits the agenda set by Macao SAR Government to stimulate the diversification of our local economy as well as stimulate innovation via entrepreneurship.
The course leader Dr. Fernando Lourenço developed this course aiming to expand the career perspectives of students and motivate them towards entrepreneurship via hands-on activities as well as inviting a wide range of entrepreneurs to share their experience with students during the course.
We would like to thank the following guest speakers and companies who shared their valuable experiences with students and contributed to our course: Le Bistro Marcellinho (Mr. Roberto Souza), Mr. Dimitri Io, Seapower (Mr. Patrick Ting) , White Picture Productions and Felice (Mr. Oliver Fa and Ms. Dice Leong), Live and Love Macau (Ms. Katya Maia and Ms. Sally Victoria Benson) and 2Legit Barbershop and Ink (Mr. Luís Lourenço), Mary Kay (Macau), Café Bonbon(Ms Betty Fung), Manner Production (Mr. Hou Chi Lok), Deputy Director of the Macao Economic Services (Mr. Benson Lau Wai Meng) and Big Four Development Group Limited (Mr Albert Chuck).
Established in 1995, the Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao (IFT) offers the most extensive selection of tourism and hospitality related bachelor degree programmes in Macao, and about twenty thousand participants attend its vocational and professional training courses annually. IFT collaborates with 101 universities and tourism organisations around the world, and builds strong links with 500 leading tourism and hospitality corporations to offer internship opportunities to its students. Being the first institution accredited by the UNWTO.TedQual Certification System for tourism education, IFT has now 8 bachelor degree programmes with the Certification. Currently, the Institute has the most number of bachelor degree programmes certified under the System of any tertiary education establishment worldwide. In 2017, the Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT) has received a successful International Quality Review(IQR) from the UK's Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), making IFT to become the world’s first higher education institution to receive this international recognition. IFT has been ranked by the “QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017” as the 2nd best higher education institution in Asia in the field of hospitality and leisure management and the 18th best higher education institution in this field in the world. In addition, IFT has received the Medal of Merit in Tourism from the Macao SAR Government, and won twice the Gold Award in ‘Education and Training’ from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).
Institute for Tourism Studies
12 May, 2017