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Being one of the top institutions of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region that specialises in tourism and hospitality, IFT’s top ranking and international recognition by QS and QAA provide students with huge benefits:

  • Ensuring high quality of education that students can receive
  • Raising global competitiveness of students and the Institute
  • Enhance the employability of IFT’s graduates and their higher chances to pursue further studies at world renowned universities


IFT named in ‘QS World University Rankings by Subject’ as 2nd best higher education institution in Asia for hospitality and leisure management, and world’s 18th best

Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT) was the only higher education institution from Macao ranked by the QS World University Rankings under the subject area of hospitality and leisure management, being rated to be ahead of several highly reputed universities from countries – including Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia – with a great tradition in hospitality education.

The prestigious QS World University Rankings rank the world’s top universities, as well as by individual disciplines. For the 2017 edition, it assessed more than 1,100 institutions in 74 countries and regions, and hospitality and leisure management was introduced to the QS World University Rankings by Subject this year. The Rankings seek to identify the world’s 50 best higher education institutions in this subject area.

World’s first higher education institution to pass International Quality Review (IQR) from UK’s Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)

QAA’s review team acknowledged that IFT meets all the 10 standards set out in Part 1 of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area, making IFT to become the world’s first higher education institution to pass this international review.

The reviewers judged that IFT’s overall quality assurance policy, the academic and administrative standards, the design and review of the programmes, the quality of student learning, teaching and assessment, and the extensive range of support for students and staff, among many other criteria, all met QAA’s standards. QAA also identified four best practices. Three of the four best practices were related to student-centred learning, teaching and assessment, while the fourth area of best practice was the inclusion of students and industry partners as interview panel members when interviewing prospective students, which emphasized the effective relationship IFT has with its students and industry partners.

The most number of bachelor degree programmes accredited by UNWTO.TedQual Certification System

IFT is the first United Nations World Tourism Organization UNWTO.TedQual institution in tourism education in 2000. It has now 8 bachelor degree programmes with the Certification. Currently, the Institute has the most number of bachelor degree programmes certified under the System of any tertiary education establishment worldwide.

The Certification recognises the global standards of quality education and training in tourism that IFT has reached. Since 2000, several reviews were carried out by UNWTO reviewers, and it proves IFT’s quality standards are upheld by receiving the renewal certificates within these 17 years.

Administration

The First Higher Education Institute to Receive ISO20000 in Hong Kong and Macao

The Institute for Tourism Studies has been audited for its IT Service Management System in 2013 and successfully found to be in accordance with the requirements of ISO20000. IFT becomes the first higher education institute to receive this international certification in Hong Kong and Macao.

One of the key requirements of ISO20000 Standard is actively seeking for improvement in alignment with business objectives, customers’ needs and IT development, so as to satisfy users’ needs on IT service quality.

Certified by ISO 14001 Environmental Management System

The operations of the Institute for Tourism Studies have been certified since 2016 under the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. IFT also has an Environmental Management System Committee to guide the Institute in achieving the environmental goals set annually by its management. These goals draw on the active promotion of the so-called ‘5 Rs of sustainability’: reduction of resources consumed; reuse of resources whenever possible; repair of damaged resources and regular maintenance to extend their lives; recycling of resources and use of recycled materials; and the rethinking of operational procedures to make them more environmentally friendly.

 

The 2008 Award Ceremony of Medals and Titles of Honour of the Macao SAR Government, People’s Republic of China” heldon 16 January 2009, IFT was awarded the Medal of Merit for Tourism in recognition of its significant contributions in advancing local tourism development

 

Being the first institution accredited by the UNWTO.TedQual Certification System for tourism education, IFT has now8 bachelor degree programmes with the Certification. Currently, the Institute has the most number of bachelor degree programmes certified under the System of any tertiary education establishment worldwide

 

IFT becomes the world’s first higher education institution to pass International Quality Review(IQR) from UK’s Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education(QAA)

IFT Action Plan – QAA International Quality Review

 

IFT ranks2ndin Asia and 18th in the world on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 for Hospitality and Leisure Management

 

IFT has received the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Award in “Education and Training”, which acknowledged the content and the quality of IFT’s programmes

 

In cooperation with European Union (EU), IFT has established an industry-wide recognised Macao Occupational Skills Recognition System (MORS)

 

IFT has received the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Award in “Education and Training”, for having set up the “Macao Occupational Skills Recognition System” (MORS) for the local tourism and hospitality industry in collaboration with the European Union (EU)

 

Invited by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), IFT became a founding member of the Asian Academy for Heritage Management (AAHM)

 

The Network of Asia-Pacific Education and Training Institutes in Tourism (APETIT), a body fully supported by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) has selected IFT as the “training the trainer centre”

 

IFT receives “Best Educational Organization” in Macau Elite Service Award 2014 and 2015