SIBU: Sacred Heart College, which is founded on the strong academic traditions of the Mission Schools, is offering a two-year Diploma in Hotel Management course.
Its executive director Felician Teo said the offer was in line with the collegea��s philosophy and mission a�?to upgrade skills in order to uplift living standards.
a�? The diploma is accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MGA).Teo said students completing the diploma could opt to pursue the final two years of the BA in international hotel management from the University of Sunderland, UK via SEGi University College in Kuala Lumpur.
a�?Students will also have to undergo a three-month internship programme at a participating international rated hotel,a�? he added.
The minimum entry requirements are three credits in any three subjects at SPM.
a�?The next intake is January 2010, and those interested may call 084-336592 for more information,a�? he said.
According to Teo, the growth of the hospitality and tourism industry in Malaysia and the region had not only generated revenue for the country, but also significant job opportunities.
a�?In fact, Malaysiaa��s hospitality and tourism sector is among the countrya��s top three revenue generators,a�? he pointed out.
Hospitality industry, he explained, was more than just hotels, restaurants and cafes.
a�?It encompasses resorts, catering clubs, cruise ships and convention centres,a�? he added.
He said the industry offered exciting career opportunities including sales and marketing, food and beverages, rooms division, human resources and finance.
a�?Hospitality and tourism management is a multidisciplinary field of study preparing students with the relevant management skills, expertise and commitment, marketing and operations positions in the fast expanding global industry.
a�?We believe in training quality workforce in this industry not just for Malaysia and the region, but the global marketplace.
a�?Hospitality graduates will have plenty of takers as long as they are willing to venture out of Sibu or even Malaysia to seek greener pastures.
a�?And in the longer term, with the valuable international exposure gained while working abroad, say in Vietnam or China, they will be able to return and take up senior management positions in local hotels,a�? Teo said.
He also pointed out the need to have graduates bring back international best practices, experience and knowledge.
They would help to create new benchmarks for the local hospitality industry, he said.