During the same press conference, ITS also launches new logo and Prospectus for year 2019-2020 along with its campaign for the coming year.
In photo from left to right: ITS Chairman Mr Carlo Micallef, ITS CEO Mr Pierre Fenech, Minister for Tourism Dr Konrad Mizzi, EAHM Executive Dean and Associate Professor Dr Scott Richardson, Prime Minister Dr Joseph Muscat, Consul General for Malta in Dubai Mr Anthony Tabone.
In a press conference, held in the presence of the Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, and Minister for Tourism Konrad Mizzi, the Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS) signed an agreement with the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management (EAHM). This will result in ITS launching its first ever Master Degree Programme, as well as enhancing the academic programmes already available.
With this agreement; which materializes following an MOU signed in 2016; the EAHM, which is renowned internationally for its academic strength in the field of Hospitality Management, especially at Masters level, will provide quality assurance to current ITS study programmes while assisting in the introduction of an MBA Master Degree programme. Moreover, this collaboration will also give the opportunity to train up to 15 lecturers in facilitating interactive and problem-based teaching and learning and providing effective classroom management skills. These contributions are in line with the long-term vision to develop ITS into a self-sufficient world class international Hospitality and Tourism Educational Institute in the heart of the Mediterranean.
The Institute of Tourism Studies will be offering this Masters Programme, which is recognized by the NCFHE, as from this coming Academic year 2019-2020.
Apart from this agreement with EAHM, ITS has secured various other agreements throughout these past years, with various top International Universities and Institutions. In fact, ITS launched its first three degree programmes in 2017. Apart from the Bachelor in Gastronomy, ITS offers a Bachelor Degree in Culinary Arts in collaboration with the Institut Paul Bocuse in France and a Bachelor Degree in International Hospitality Management in collaboration with the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Finland.
The EAHM is the leading provider of Hospitality Education in the Middle East and is fully licenced by the UAE’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. The Academy is located in Dubai, opposite the world’s only seven-star hotel the Burj Al Arab and forms part of the international luxury hotel chain, The Jumeirah Group. Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts is a well-established luxury hotel company, which has had a distinct impact on the global hospitality market for the past two decades. Jumeirah has transformed the way that luxury is defined as exemplified by its flagship hotel, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Today, Jumeirah is a Dubai national champion and an acclaimed luxury hospitality leader operating 24 Jumeirah branded properties in eight countries; including Dubai, Maldives, Spain, London, Kuwait, China and Germany; and employs more than 13,500 employees from across 140 nationalities.
The Chairman of the Board of Governors of ITS, Mr. Carlo Micallef said that this is a major achievement for ITS in that this affiliation with the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, a world-renowned institution in the sector, is a strong recognition of the high standards that ITS has reached today. ITS has come a long way in the last five years, with very significant investments in a new campus, better learning facilities, development and training of human resources as well as the introduction of new programs in the courses offered so as to better meet the needs of Malta’s record breaking tourism industry.
ITS CEO Mr Pierre Fenech stated that this agreement will furthermore put ITS on the forefront of attracting international students. We have, and will continue on building strong relations with the local industry and as well with the international industry, like we have done today with the EAHM. ITS now will not only have the excellence of Finnish education and the class of French cuisine, but also top-notch affiliation with one of the top ten institutions in the world in the Field of Tourism and Hospitality Management.
EAHM Executive Dean and Associate Professor, Dr Scott Richardson, stated that over the recent years there has been a close relationship between UAE and Malta and this agreement is another arrangement between the two. This partnership proves more than just a relationship where we are accrediting programmes, but with this affiliation we will also be providing quality programmes, especially the Masters programme, which will give an exchange opportunity between Malta and the UAE. As a faculty, we would be able to share the best practices which will reflect our industry partners’ requirements.
Minister for Tourism Konrad Mizzi stated that the Government’s vision for the Institute of Tourism Studies is based on academic and applied teaching excellence in partnership with Emirates Academy, which will help Malta to further upgrade its tourism product and human resources in the years to come. The Minister mentioned that Government has ambitious plans for the Institute for Tourism Studies, to establish itself as one of the best teaching institutions in the Mediterranean.
The Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat said that the Institute for Tourism Studies has been a major pillar to Malta’s tourism sector. The Prime Minister stressed about the importance of sustaining the tourism sector since it is one of the major contributors to Malta’s economy and economic growth. He hailed the Institute for Tourism studies and the vision spearheaded by the management to offer courses in affiliation with other international institutions, such as the Emirates Academy for Hospitality Management, the Institute Paul Bocuse in France and Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Finland.
During the press conference, the Institute of Tourism Studies also launched its new logo. The old logo portrayed the ITS’ old building in St Julians, and now with this agreement, the ITS logo needed to be amended not only due to the recent move but also to show this important affiliation with The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management which is now displayed on the logo.
Along with the launch of the new ITS logo, the Institute of Tourism Studies has also launched its prospectus for year 2019-2020, along with the campaign for this year with the name ‘Spread your wings’. The prospectus may be found on the ITS website (www.its.edu.mt) and applications will be open between the 22nd July and 9th August.
8th May 2019.