The University of Surrey in Britain and the University of Hong Kong's School of Professional and Continuing Education have teamed up to offer a master of science programme in international hotel management.
The curriculum is innovative and dynamic, concentrating on the operation, delivery, management and strategic issues involved in providing successful hotel and related services worldwide.
"An integral part of the programme is to encourage students to consider hospitality management from the strategic perspective.
It teaches students how to make decisions effectively. "Many of the students hold managerial positions and the programme is able to lead them to a higher level of thinking, and to equip them with the skills to make decisions that are best for their companies," says Dr Sangeeta Narwani, the programme's director.
The programme caters to graduates who want to build a career in hospitality, or experienced managers and executives who wish to broaden their knowledge and improve their skills in modern business practice. It is also suitable for educators in the hotel sector.
Gradates are eligible for membership in the Chartered Institute of Marketing as an associate or full member, depending on their work experience.
Applicants must have a good honours degree, with lower second honours or above, in hospitality, hotel management or a relevant discipline from a recognised university. Those without lower second honours need at least three years of related work experience in the hotel or hospitality sector.
The course is part-time and must be completed within two to six years. Classes are conducted on weekday evenings and weekends.