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Cornell, Singapore University Team Up to Start Hospitality Program

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October 22, 2013

Cornell, Singapore University Team Up to Start Hospitality Program

In Spring 2014, the Cornell School of Hotel Administration will launch the new Cornell-Nanyang Advanced Management Program in Hospitality Management, an executive program that will take place in both Ithaca and Singapore.

The main goal of the program is to facilitate an exchange of knowledge and hospitality strategies between industry executives and senior faculty from the hotel school and Nanyang Technological University?s business school, according to Tom Kline, director of executive education in the hotel school.

For two weeks in March, participants ? mainly hotel managers based in Southeast Asia with at least seven years of hotel management experience ? will stay in Ithaca, working with the hotel school. The participants will then stay in Singapore from the end of June until mid-July, working on Nanyang Business School?s Yunnan campus, according to Kline.

Modules in Ithaca will focus on topics such as real estate, change management, human resources management and revenue management, while the workshops in Singapore will cover topics that complement the Ithaca modules, Kline said.

Kline said hotel school faculty members will strive to ?endeavor to provide [participants] with new knowledge and tools that enable them to become better managers and leaders.?

Participants in the joint program will have a chance to take part in programs at both Nanyang Business School and the Cornell hotel school during the four-week program.

Kline said the joint program will allow professionals to learn more about their industry.

?Teaching international programs provides important experience and input regarding the international industry,? Kline said in an email.
Interest in the program has stemmed from a growing necessity in Asia for more practiced hospitality professionals, according to Nilanjen Sen, associate dean of Nanyang Executive Education at Nanyang Business School. Nanyang Executive Education runs programs to help professionals address challenges facing Asian businesses.

Sen also said that, due to the rapid rate of change in the Asian hotel industry, there is ?an increasing demand for senior hospitality leaders with exceptional skills in developing and managing change.?

Nanyang Business School is one of the top business schools in Asia, ranked fourth by The Economist. Kline said he expects the pairing of this leading business school with Cornell?s hotel school will broaden hospitality professionals? knowledge of the industry.

?Our faculty members often say they get tremendous input from international participants about regional and local differences in the industry and about the business challenges the participants experience in their local environment,? Kline said.

Kline added that the virtue of this particular program lies in the fact that half of its content will be provided by Nanyang Business School, giving the program ?a Southeast Asian perspective.?

Source The Cornell Daily Sun, http://cornellsun.com/blog/2013/10/15/cornell-singapore-university-team-up-to-start-hospitality-program/

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