Hospitality Operations programme internationally accredited
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Certificate IV in Hospitality student serving the USP Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Rajesh Chandra (right) and the Chief Executive Officer of THE-ICE Ms Pauline Tang at Pacific Fusion Restaurant in Laucala.
The Certificate IV in Hospitality Operations programme of The University of the South Pacific (USP) has achieved full accreditation by the International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE).
Offered through USP’s Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE), Certificate IV in Hospitality Operations reflects the role of skilled operators who use a broad range of hospitality skills combined with sound knowledge of industry processes and standards. They operate independently or with limited guidance from others and use discretion to solve non-routine problems.
THE-ICE is a not-for-profit organisation with a global membership network of over 33 leading tourism hospitality and education institutions from 14 countries which specialises in the accreditation of higher education programmes in tourism, hospitality and events at a range of top quality institutions around the world.
In congratulating Pacific TAFE on its achievement, Chief Executive Officer of THE-ICE, Ms Pauline Tang said that she looks forward to the active engagement between Pacific and THE-ICE and their global network of quality member institutions, in developing world-class programmes and activities.
Ms Tang added that she hopes to work in close cooperation with Pacific TAFE, to develop international relationships and extend existing capacity in the establishment of quality benchmarks.
The accreditation was given by the Chairs of THE-ICE Board based on the recommendation of Dr Thomas Bauer, the site auditor.
Director of Pacific TAFE, Mr Hasmukh Lal said that to get international accreditation for a programme which was first offered last year is a very significant achievement about its quality and compliance with standards.
“This indicates that Pacific TAFE’s Commercial Cookery and Hospitality programmes are internationally accredited which will have extensive mileage for students undertaking the respective programmes,” Mr Lal said.
He said that Pacific TAFE is now in a better position with relevant stakeholders to produce quality graduates for the tourism industry in the region.
“This achievement also signifies that Pacific TAFE produces graduates, who are not only nationally and regionally competitive but internationally as well,” Mr Lal added.
USP Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Rajesh Chandra congratulated Pacific TAFE for the achievement saying “the accreditation of the University’s programmes gives students confidence that they are internationally recognised and are comparable with similar programmes by other universities from around the world,” he added.
There are currently 48 students admitted in the Certificate IV in Hospitality Operations programme at Pacific TAFE and over 25 students will be graduating this year at the second Laucala graduation from the first lot.
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