UWTSD congratulates first cohort of BA International Hotel Management students

07.02.2018

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is delighted to offer congratulations to the first cohort of BA International Hotel Management degree, who have graduated with excellent results.

Students outside Marriott Hotel

Eight students graduated in December 2017 with a BA International Hotel Management, a new course which is offered by the university and run in collaboration with Marriott hotels. The rigor of the degree was also achieved by having Professor Hilary Murphy from Ecole Hoteliere in Lausanne, Switzerland as an external examiner.

Programme Director John Howells said: “Our results were outstanding, with five students being awarded first class honours degrees, and the remaining three awarded 2:1 degrees. They were a remarkable group of students.”

Rodrigo Aguilera was one of the students who graduated. He said: “I worked as an English teacher for 7 Years and after coming back to the UK I decided I didn’t want to teach and instead go back into hospitality. After becoming a manager of a hotel in Neath I decided to study and improve my abilities to apply for a general manager position. My sister studied at UWTSD and told me about this new programme. The amount of work experience that you get on this course is amazing. This experience you can apply to almost all sectors of hospitality. I enjoyed the most the diversity of modules, department placement and trips that we had during the two years.

“As part of my language module, we learned Chinese and this gave the opportunity to go to China as an exchange student. I’m looking forward to furthering my education in Chinese and maybe later return to do a masters at UWTSD.”

Muhammed Cassamo is now working at the Oxwich Bay Hotel on the Gower. He said: “I chose International Hotel Management because I have always wanted to get far in the Hospitality Industry. My first job was as a luggage porter in Portugal and I fell in love with the industry. I loved everything, the balance between lectures and practical placement within a reputable establishment like the Swansea Marriott Hotel, the modules were very engaging and interesting, the lecturers were amazing and always supported me even outside Uni hours. I also enjoyed the field trips and the experiences we had while completing the degree. After finishing my degree I started to work as a Food & Beverage Supervisor at the Oxwich Bay Hotel. I must add that upon looking at my CV and reading the contents of the Degree my interviewer said that she wished that her current department managers had as much knowledge as me so that is a great compliment to say that the Degree prepared me really well for the role that I am aiming for.

The BA (Hons) International Hotel Management course is unique in terms of its provision of work-based vocational training in the Marriott Hotel alongside academic study at UWTSD. Furthermore, as this programme is delivered over two years rather than the conventional three, it represents excellent value for money. While International Hotel Management is a new course, the School of Tourism and Hospitality in the University of Wales Trinity Saint David has over 25 years of experience in delivering programmes related to leisure, events, tourism, and hospitality. The network of industry connections that have been developed over this time period ensures that the content of our programmes meets industry needs, and produces skilled graduates who are highly employable. The travel and tourism industry is of considerable importance to both the UK and global economies. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, in 2012 the industry grew faster than manufacturing, retail, financial services and communications, and supports 1 in 11 of all jobs worldwide. The significance and growth of this industry are expected to continue into the future. The BA (Hons) International Hotel Management programme at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David would be highly suitable for anyone wishing to pursue a career in the hotel and hospitality sector.

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