Today marked the first day for the newly launched Bachelor Degrees programmes with the Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS). Over 130 individuals are now starting one of three Bachelor Degree programmes with ITS. This year, ITS launched its first ever Bachelor Degree programmes, namely in Gastronomy, International Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts.
“The bachelor degrees launch was a significant step for the institute and having this large intake on the first year was unexpected to say the least. We had a positive response from the day of the launch and until a few weeks ago, we were still accepting applications. Our aim is to provide students with all the tools needed for a successful career in the tourism and hospitality industry. We are well aware that there is a high demand for personnel in the industry and the institute is working hard each year to address this challenge, in fact we have had a higher amount of applications for all other ITS courses than the previous years”, stated ITS CEO, Mr. Pierre Fenech.
The bachelor degree programmes have been pursued by ITS Higher National Diploma students who chose to continue with their studies to degree level, and also individuals who have not previously studied with the institute and are entering a degree with A levels from another educational institute. As part of their studies, students will undertake an international internship with reputable collaborative Universities and Institutes. The Bachelor in Culinary Arts (hons) is offered in collaboration with the Institute of Paul Bocuse, France, the Bachelor in International Hospitality Management (hons) is offered in collaboration with the University of Applied Science of Haaga-Helia, Finland, while the Bachelor in Gastronomy (hons) is offered in collaboration with The University of Malta.
Minister for Tourism Dr Konrad Mizzi highlighted this achievement as an important one for the Maltese tourism industry. The Minister emphasized the importance of developing world class human resources to improve our service offering. The private sector investments pursued in the sector are testament to the confidence in the country and the capability of its students.
The Minister commended the Institute of Tourism Studies’ in launching its first Bachelor’s degrees and wished all new ITS students a successful experience. He also looked forward to further collaboration with International Universities and Institutes in the coming years.
4th September 2017