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New Hospitality Management Degree at NMIT

09 Oct 2007

Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) will introduce a new, specialist, three-year bachelor degree in Hospitality Management in 2008.

The new degree has been approved by the Victorian Government and complements NMIT's other degrees in Applied Aquaculture, Australian Popular Music, Equine Studies and Viticulture & Winemaking. Approval is pending for another degree in Illustration.

The Hospitality Management degree has been designed to fill a gap in an industry where professional qualifications with practical applications are needed.

It focuses on the knowledge and skills required to manage hotels, motels, restaurants, convention facilities and events in a range of business environments. Its curriculum is underpinned by contemporary business management theory and practice, reflecting the diversity, complexity and specialist knowledge and skills required of graduates in a range of hospitality management contexts.

For 15 years, NMIT has provided education and training for the hospitality industry and played a significant role in providing quality employees for a range of hospitality management employment roles. NMIT boasts a range of modern facilities with the latest technology and industry standard equipment that support the delivery of Higher Education including St Georges restaurant and two bistros, an operational training bar, fully equipped training kitchens, an accommodation training room and industry based management information systems.

The new degree has a number of distinctive features that set it apart from university courses. These include:

It is an academic program with an intensive practical component that ensures graduates are immediately employable in the industry

-Simulated industry facilities and industry placements so students can understand the close relationship between theory and practice and
- The development and management of actual events and projects for students to obtain direct, hands-on experience.

Over more than a decade, NMIT has established strong industry networks within the hospitality industry and the degree was designed and developed with industry consultation to meet its needs.

NMIT Associate Director of the Faculty of Tourism, Hospitality and Personal Services Greg Purton said the hospitality industry was a dynamic, growing national industry worth over $58 billion to the Australian economy.

“NMIT graduates will have a combination of academic knowledge learned and applied in commercial scale enterprises and developed through industry placement,' Greg added.

Experienced academics with a research background in the hospitality industry would staff the new degree program.


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