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Pacific TAFE CEO receives award for outstanding contribution

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USP Pacific TAFE CEO Mr Hasmukh Lal (middle) with other awardees at the award ceremony.

The Chief Executive Officer of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP), Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE), Mr Hasmukh Lal received the prestigious Fellow of THE-ICE Award 2018 at an Award Ceremony held at the 12th International Panel of Experts (IPoE) Forum 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The status of Fellow of THE-ICE, that Mr Lal received, is the highest award given by THE-ICE to any person across the world, and is only awarded to people who have demonstrated strong commitment to quality.

In a letter addressed to the CEO, Ms Jane Gentle, General Manager of THE-ICE, writing on behalf of Professor (FH) Eva Werner, Chair of THE-ICE Board, stated that THE-ICE Board of Directors acknowledged and endorsed Mr Lal’s nomination in recognition of his outstanding professional contribution to tourism, hospitality, events and culinary arts (TH&E) education, training and research.

Ms Gentle further noted that as a not-for-profit international accreditation agency, THE-ICE is committed to the quality assurance of TH&E education, training and research through the recognition, benchmarking, development and promotion of excellence.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to show our appreciation of your personal excellence,” Ms Gentle noted.

In response, Mr Lal said he was delighted to receive the Fellow of THE-ICE Award 2018 and added that the hospitality industry in the Pacific is growing and poised to create far greater employment opportunities for many Pacific Islanders.

He added that the establishment, development and expansion of tourism and hospitality programmes of Pacific TAFE were founded on a commitment to high quality and standards.

“Almost all Pacific TAFE programmes are either nationally or internationally, accredited with two programmes in the process of review for accreditation,” Mr Lal said.

Professor Richard Coll, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Teaching and Student Services, said that the recognition of Mr Lal as a Fellow of THE ICE will surely motivate other leaders at USP and elsewhere to deepen commitment towards quality training programmes.

“I am delighted that his hard work, dedication and tireless commitment to excellence has now received international recognition,” Professor Coll stated.

Mr Lal affirmed that Pacific TAFE has a strong focus on quality and it is pleasing to note that THE-ICE reaffirmed through the accreditation process to improve the quality of its programmes.

“Tourism is a global industry and it is important that we work with partners like THE-ICE to ensure we meet and surpass global standards,” he added.

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