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Asia World Hospitality pushes for curricula upgrade to keep up with global standards

Asia World Hospitality, the official representative of American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) in the Philippines, is eyeing to further develop and upgrade the country’s hospitality education industry through its first-ever series of Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) workshops held between May to June. The workshops are geared towards equipping the local hospitality educators with much-needed skills to be at par with the global standards—the challenges of which have been magnified with the ASEAN integration and the institutionalization of K to 12. The Department of Tourism has also said recently that they are looking into fostering the growth of the hospitality and tourism industry to align academic programs and industry needs.

Photo provided by Asia World Hospitality

Photo provided by Asia World Hospitality

“The ASEAN Integration and the switch to K to 12 are certainly great steps ahead for the Philippines but these, too, are challenges,” says Margarita Borja, managing director of Asia World Hospitality. “By leveling off with our Asian neighbors and the world, what should also be done is an upgrade of the current curricula, as well as the continuous professional development of the teachers and utilizing the top quality programs available in the market.”

The CHE workshops, participated in by 57 delegates from seven schools and one participant each from the City of Dreams and Seda hotels in Bonifacio Global City, were conducted by Fr. Robert Steele, a Catholic priest from the Diocese of Auckland, to deliver the milestone workshop. Fr. Steele is currently a program leader and a senior lecturer in AUT University, School of Hospitality and Tourism in Auckland, New Zealand, boasting of a 30-year experience in the field of hospitality.

In addition to Fr. Steele, Dr. Lilibeth Aragon and Director Ma. Christina Aquino of Lyceum of the Philippines University and Evangeline Timbang from the University of Santo Tomas were the local CHE trainers, chosen by AHLEI as the Philippines currently do not have a Master Trainer. Globally there are 3,800 educators who have earned their CHE designation since its introduction in 1992 and only 13 have been elevated to Master Trainers who are the only ones authorized to facilitate the CHE workshop.

“I found a phenomenal group of teachers with exceptional passion and motivation,” Fr. Steele said, “I am convinced that after the completion of the CHE, they will be able to bring more value to their schools and students. I wish that the hospitality and tourism education in the Philippines will continue to flourish, and this is certainly an important step which should be replicated across the country.”

The AHLEI developed the CHE designation and it has become one of the most recognized credentials in hospitality and tourism education as it is the only professional development opportunity designed for post-secondary hospitality educators around the world.

The series of three-day intensive workshops were delivered to faculty members of De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, Lyceum of the Philippines University, University of Santo Tomas, Our Lady of Fatima University, Cagayan de Oro College – PHINMA Education, University of Iloilo – PHINMA Education, and Woosung University of Korea.

This July 28-29 Asia World will be hosting the first public workshop for CGSP or Certified Guest Service Professionals for Academics and in August 24-26, Asia World will be participating in the Tourism and Security Conference 2016 which will introduce the Certified Lodging Security Officer workshop to the academic industry as a solution to the gap between the quality of service of professionals from the academe.

Asia World Hospitality also has the two-year Hospitality and Tourism Management Program (HTMP) suitable for K to 12, and upcoming public workshops for OJT students and hospitality professionals such as the Certified Guest Service Professionals, START (Skills, Tasks and Training Results) Program which cater to both professionals and students.

Asia World Hospitality offers a global solution to the hospitality education industry through the distribution of the AHLEI programs. With the largest range of educational materials, a good number of hospitality schools in the Philippines have adopted the AHLEI programs and have become Global Academic Partners. With Asia World and AHLEI, prospective students may gain an international diploma which may serve as their key in obtaining a bachelor’s degree in the United States. In addition, Asia World Hospitality also conducts training for hospitality professionals, offering certifications from the General Manager level down to the front line employees.