The Centre for Tourism and Integrated Resort Studies (CTIRS), under the Faculty of Business Administration (FBA), has offered the unique Hospitality Student Management Trainee Program for FBA students. The program, which debuted in the fourth quarter of 2021, is designed to equip students with practical skills needed in real-world hospitality operation and thereby equip them to be industry leaders. It is comprised of theoretical training as well as hands-on training and practicum. It involves a combination of 50 hours of course training and 40 to 50 hours of practicum training, targeting FBA students who are in year 3 or 4 and who want to develop careers in the field of hospitality and tourism. Industry executives and experienced instructors are invited to teach the courses.

Three modules are offered: Hotel Guest Room Cleaning, Front Office System Opera Training and Foundation in Food & Beverage Operation. With the first two programs, 900 hours of training and assessment were offered to a total of 40 students in the fourth quarter of the 2021 school year. The majority of the students found the programs to be very beneficial in terms of their future careers and said they were very helpful with respect to internships. We look forward to offering more courses that combine theoretical education with hands-on training and practicum to benefit our FBA students.