The opening ceremonies on 1 and 6 September marked the commencement of IFT day time and evening bachelor degree programmes for academic year 2010/2011.
During the ceremonies, President Dr. Fanny Vong briefed students about the 5 degree programmes, namely Tourism Business Management, Heritage Management, Hotel Management, Tourism Event Management as well as Tourism Retail and Marketing Management. This academic year also carries two newly launched evening degree programmes for Hotel Management and Tourism Event Management, with Chinese as the main medium of instruction, specially catered for industry members or individuals who are interested in taking tourism related programmes.
Since established, IFT has been introducing diversified programmes at different levels, well balancing theoretical and practical teaching by working closely with the industry, and maintaining strong networks with a good number of renowned international institutes as well as organisations in the tourism fields. Through various forms of cooperations with these partners, students are enriched with international perspectives. At the same time, IFT also encourages students to step out for internship and exchange programmes that connect to partner institutes in Asia Pacific, North America and major European cities. It is hoped that the two new evening Chinese degree programmes may find its way to more collaborations with prestigious educational schools in Mainland China.
Dr. Fanny Vong addressed the students with a note of encouragement for the 4 years of fruitful study ahead. Dr. Vong mentioned that IFT students should learn to confront challenges as independent and mature professionals, who are well-prepared to contribute. Special acknowledgement went to the evening degree programme students for their determination and perseverance in continual study. The opening ceremonies ended with campus tours for students who came all the way from Mainland China and overseas countries.
IFT is celebrating its 15th Anniversary this month, the Institute looks forward to progress and innovate with its students. Together they share the responsibilities of serving Macao.