Q: What prompted THM Division to heavily revise its program?
A: There are several reasons for the changes:
- The steady growth in international tourist arrival in Thailand;
- The growing share of the travel and tourism sector to Thailand’s GDP and resulting increase in industry-related jobs;
- The change in travel business model from offline to online platform, with the support of digital technology;
- The new market segmentations (elderly travellers, demands in healthcare and wellness, and others) that require knowledge and understanding regarding their consumer behaviors, expectations, and the development of new travel and tourism products that suit their needs; and
- New job trends showing that many young graduates want to be entrepreneurs.
Q: One key word in the program’s name is ‘entrepreneurship.’ Why the focus on this area?
A: The trend among our THM students in these past years, along with the international statistical data, shows the strong demand for entrepreneurship in this generation. Moreover, it happens more often that THM students put up and manage their own business while they are still studying in university. This makes us realize that more courses should support students towards this need.
Q: What makes the curriculum of this program very unique?
A: Our electives comprise five modules reflecting the five key industries of our focus. They are hotels, restaurants, tourism, event, and health and wellness. Following the study plan, students can graduate within 3 years and one trimester, which is shorter than the traditional curriculum. Within the three-year-period, students can also enroll in courses that are provided under MUIC’s new flexible curriculum structure called I-Design. The I-Design structure allows students to take any available courses that they are interested in from other divisions in MUIC, allowing them to broaden their skills mindset, and experience of subjects in other disciplines.
Q: Please tell us more about this program’s internship component.
A: We always provide two internships to students as they pose crucial elements for our curriculum. Not only can students gain hands-on experience, they will also be trained and get to practice necessary soft skills for the industry, for instance, problem solving ability, professionalism, service mindset, collaboration within the team and in a multicultural team.
Our in-house internship is provided in the Salaya Pavilion Hotel and Training Centre and the off-campus internship takes place in a company (not only in Thailand, but also abroad) where students would like to gain actual work experience.