INTI College Sabah (INTI) has recently been appointed as the Entry Point Project (EPP) owner for the Hospitality and Tourism Discipline Cluster in Sabah. As the cluster leader, INTI will be responsible for transforming Sabah’s hospitality and tourism education programmes to meet first class standards, a vision being driven by the Malaysia Centre of Tourism and Hospitality Education (MyCenTHE).
With reference to the project ownership, Dr. Alan Lim, Principal of INTI College Sabah states, “We are proud to have been selected as the cluster leader and that the government has placed its trust in us to drive Hospitality education forward. We will support this vision, not only by providing the best facilities to students, but also by forming strong partnerships with various industry players to give our hospitality graduates the best opportunities.”
|Artist’s impression of the foyer at INTI College Sabah.|
INTI recently announced the commencement of campus renovations, which are scheduled for completion by May 2012. The new facelift are of environmentally-friendly design and includes a mock hotel room and refurbished kitchen to accommodate students seeking a fulfilling learning experience in hospitality management. INTI also aims to ready its premises to provide workshops and training in collaboration with the Malaysia Hotel Association and work-based learning through partnerships with several hotel and accommodation owners.
Currently, INTI offers a Diploma in Hotel Management programme, which can be completed within 2.5 years. Subsequently, students can choose employment or to further their studies with prestigious institutions under the Laureate International Universities network, which include Glion Institute of Higher Education and Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Switzerland and Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School in Australia.
“According to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the Travel and Tourism industry is one of the world’s largest industries, supporting 260 million jobs and generating 9 per cent of world GDP. As such, we should no longer view hospitality management careers lightly and ensure that our graduates are provided quality education to prepare them for the competitive and fast-paced demands of the industry,” adds Dr. Lim.
|Artist’s impression of students’ hostel room at INTI College Sabah.|
Recently, the State Government of Sabah projected 2.75 million or more tourist arrivals for 2012, a 4.6% increase a compared to year 2011’s 2.63 million target. This prompts the need to ensure that the education industry continues to groom good talents to meet the demands of the domestic and global tourism and hospitality industry.
Students of INTI benefit not only from the institution’s over 25 years of experience and strong track-record, but also gain from the global synergy and resources that Laureate International Universities provides. INTI is a part of Laureate, the world’s largest private education network with a presence in 29 countries, with more than 60 accredited universities and 130 campuses, serving more than 675,000 students globally.
For further information on INTI’s programmes, call 088-765701.