DIT to offer Masters degrees in tourism management with Tsinghua University

Dublin, 21 January 2005:

The Dublin Institute of Technology has signed a landmark agreement with Tsinghua, China's premier university, to jointly offer Masters degrees in the field of tourism and hospitality management.  The agreement was signed in the presence of An Taoiseach, Mr. Bertie Ahern; the Minister for Education and Science, Ms Mary Hanafin; and the Minister for Enterpriseand Employment, Mr. Micheál Martin.  DIT is participating in the Irish delegation currently visiting China to develop business links.

Dr. Frank McMahon, DIT's Director of Academic Affairs, said the agreement is very significant for both DIT and for Tsinghua. "China is well on the way to becoming the world's number one tourist destination and will host the next Olympic Games in 2008.  The development of tourism management skills is extremely important to their economy at this point, and DIT's expertise in this field is internationally renowned.  We are very pleased to be working with such a prestigious University as Tsinghua,  and we believe the agreement will be mutually beneficial to both institutions."

The Masters degree programmes are the MSc in Tourism and the MSc in Hospitality Management, both of two-years duration.  Under the agreement, the first year will be offered at Tsinghua Universityin Beijingand the second year at DIT.  The degrees awarded will be DIT awards.

The Director of DIT's Faculty of Tourism and Food, Michael Mulvey, welcomed the agreement.  "These programmes are among our most sought-after post-graduate qualifications and are globally recognised.  In fact, DIT is unique in Ireland in providing programmes at this level in the area of tourism and hospitality management.  They are designed to develop the management and analytical skills that are essential in the modern tourism industry but are transferable to other organisational contexts.  We look forward to working with our colleagues in Tsinghua and to meeting the first cohort of students from China."

Dr. McMahon travelled to Shanghai yesterday where he concluded an agreement with the East China University of Science and Technology to promote cooperation in areas of mutual interest.

DIT is also focussing on China as an important market for Irish business.  The popular degree programme in International Business and Language offered by the Institute will be presented for revalidation shortly under the Institute's Quality Assurance programme.  Among the proposed changes will be the introduction of Chinese language and culture as a new option.  The programme focuses on ensuring that graduates are competent to function successfully in their chosen language and the School of Languages foresees that Chinese will be of interest to a growing number of students. 

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