College launches new courses in tourism
KUCHING: SEGi College here has introduced three new tourism-related programmes to meet the expected growth in demand for skilled personnel in the rapidly-expanding industry.
The programmes are diploma in tourism management, diploma in hotel management and certificate in ticketing and reservations.
SEG International Group vice president Datuk Putit Matzen said the new programmes were timely given that tourism was a key sector in Malaysia’s economy with tourist arrivals expected to reach 17.5 million this year, generating an estimated RM34.6bil in revenue.
“Next year’s Visit Malaysia Year will herald some 20.1 million tourist arrivals with a target revenue of RM44.5mil.
“With the tourism industry growing so rapidly, it makes sense for students to take up a career in this industry,” he said when launching the programmes at the college recently.
Both diplomas are two-and-a-half year programmes and include internships with the college’s industry and hotel partners.
Those who have completed the diploma can go on to do a related degree programme at the University of Southern Queensland or James Cook University, both in Australia, or Britain’s University of Sunderland or Leeds Metropolitan University.
The certificate in ticketing and reservations meanwhile is a Skills Development Department (formerly National Vocational Training Council) programme. Students who successfully complete the programme will be awarded a Malaysia Skills Certificate by the department.
Source : STAR
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