Undergraduate Focus: Experiential learning for an added edge
Hospitality and tourism graduates at SEGi University College now have the option of training at any of SEGi’s 75 partner hotels in various niche categories including seaside, city, highlands, boutique and forest hotels and resorts.
This wide spectrum of hotels will provide graduates an upper hand in terms of depth of exposure and skills. Last month, the SEGi Education Group had a ceremony to mark and celebrate its partnership with 75 hotels from all over Malaysia.
There was also a mass interview session arranged for SEGi graduates and students with four mega hotel brands — Intercontinental Hotel KL, Pacific Regency Hotel Suites, Philea Resort & Spa, and The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat.
H&T programmes at SEGi are modeled on the philosophy of experiential learning. One of the many examples was the trip to Medan, Indonesia last March. Three lecturers accompanied 18 students taking the Diploma in Tourism Studies for this four-day study tour to better understand the Environmental Studies in Tourism Sustainability module.
Apart from field trips to facilitate experiential learning, students at SEGi also stand to gain from a high ratio of hands-on training and practical experience built into the tourism and hospitality diploma and degree programmes.
“It is this kind of hands-on training which will create a lasting impact on the students. They also get a very realistic feel of the industry from organising events which include many external parties,” says Michael Chew, Head of School of Tourism & Hospitality, SEGi University College.
Another unique advantage for SEGi students is that they will have skills and certification on a global distribution system called Galileo that is used by 160 countries, giving them an added edge in marketability upon graduation.
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