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RMIT & Q Industries to enhance learning in tourism and hospitality

Released at: 09:35, 01/04/2019

RMIT & Q Industries to enhance learning in tourism and hospitality

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Two sign MoU on cooperating to boost human resources in tourism and hospitality sector.

by Khanh Chi

RMIT Vietnam and Q Industries Vietnam recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on boosting their cooperation, at Q Industries’ building in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 7.

The MoU furthers their cooperation in a number of areas, including Work Integrated Learning (WIL) courses, company tours, competition sponsorships, internships, management trainee programs, research, scholarships, events, and training.  

Mr. Tony Quek, Founder and Chairman of Q Industries Group, was delighted with the opportunity to contribute to Vietnam through the connection with a world-renowned, well-established university like RMIT Vietnam.

“With the growth of the tourism and hospitality industry in Vietnam, there is an unprecedented demand for a well-trained workforce to fill roles in new hotels and resorts throughout the country,” Mr. Quek said.

“Established in 1987 in Singapore as a focused hospitality solutions organization, providing equipment and procurement solutions to a range of global hotels and resorts, Q Industries aims to participate in the growth and prosperity of Vietnam through education and training in hospitality. This desire to contribute to Vietnam is something we have in common with RMIT.”

The partnership will provide RMIT students the opportunity to be trained in a fully-equipped professional culinary center - Q.uriosity - and gain hands-on experience working in a fully operational restaurant - Q.itchen Factory.

RMIT Vietnam President Professor Gael McDonald said she hoped that through this partnership the university can develop more Tourism and Hospitality Management graduates who can lead the industry in Vietnam and internationally.

“Vietnam is the sixth-fastest growing country in the world, as a tourist destination, and the fastest in Asia, according to a report from the UN World Tourism Organization,” she said.

“In 2017, Vietnam’s tourism continued the growth momentum from 2016 and surpassed the expectations of the government for a second year. The government also set out the objective in Resolution No. 08-NQ/TW of achieving the target for the travel and tourism industry to contribute over 10 per cent of total GDP by 2020.”

Professor McDonald noted that RMIT Vietnam launched a Bachelor of Tourism & Hospitality Management degree two years ago after identifying gaps in skilled employees in tourism and hospitality management, especially in middle management, and seeing a major need for an international-standard undergraduate program in this field. “We started with 45 students, but this number has significantly grown since then,” she said.

She said the F&B training that students received at Q Industries last semester caught the attention of both local and international RMIT students. “We now also have RMIT Melbourne students who have expressed interest in taking up the F&B course as an elective course during their exchange program here,” she added.

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