During a Graduation Ceremony held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, 17 Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS) lecturers have successfully graduated with a Bachelor Degree in International Hospitality Management from the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Finland.
Starting from an agreement between ITS and the mentioned University back in 2015, ITS lecturers will not only achieve a Bachelor Degree but will also continue onto a Masters Degree with the same University. All costs are being paid for by the Institute of Tourism Studies, with an investment of over €350,000 for the institute’s academic staff. The lecturers started their Bachelor degree studies in the beginning of 2016, which was concluded this summer. They will start their Masters Degree in January 2018, and finish their studies by end of 2020, short just a year from the new ITS campus in Smart City. All these advancements where discussed by with the Malta Union of Teachers.
ITS CEO Mr Pierre Fenech, stated that “It is not only good that we invest in our infrastructure, but even more important that we invest in our human resources, namely our academic staff. This is the way forward for ITS as we will not only offer a state of the art institute but also top academic staff who will train students to become top reputable workers in the Hospitality Tourism Industry which is consistently growing.”
President and CEO of Haaga-Helia University Dr Teemu Kokko said, “On behalf of Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences I’m extremely pleased and happy that today 17 ITS teachers will receive their Bachelor of International Hospitality Management degree certificates. They have been working very hard according to the high Finnish educational standards. There are many other ongoing projects between Haaga-Helia and ITS. The world needs more handshakes like this."
Minister for Tourism, the Hon Dr Konrad Mizzi stated, “Investment in the Institute’s academic staff is necessary in order to be able to reach the Government’s aim of developing the Institute of Tourism Studies into a World Class international educational institution in the field of hospitality and tourism studies. The institute aims to expand its operations from a locally focused campus that caters for around 700 local students to an international campus. The Minister announced that plans for the Smart City campus will be unveiled in the coming weeks.”
5th December 2017