Embracing Excellence in Hospitality
The MOA signing were attended by top officials and heads of STI and The Heritage Hotel Manila (from left-bottom row) Dr. Lloyd Bautista, STI VP for Academics, Atty. Juancho Baltazar, The Heritage Hotel Manila HR Director, Resty Bundoc, STI VP for School Operations, and Ms. Aisa Hipolito, STI AVP for Academic Research (third from right-upper row).
In an effort to bridge the skills gap between the academe and the industry, STI Education Services Group, Inc. and The Heritage Hotel Manila signed a Memorandum of Agreement on August 29, 2018.
Through the partnership, the 4-star luxury hotel, The Heritage Hotel Manila, will assist STI in designing and developing its learning content for the hospitality and tourism management programs to be at par with the industry standards.
According to Aisa Q. Hipolito, STI’s Assistant Vice President for Academic Research, “To build a solid student foundation, STI’s curriculum is developed through an intensive market research – taking into account different job opportunities, the students’ interests and preferences, and the ever-changing industry trends.”
The partnership will also provide exposure to hospitality students through an on-the-job training experience and train students in order to enhance their competencies and qualifications for employment.
“In this partnership, the hotel housekeeping will help the academe by assisting its teachers in developing the curriculum. Hopefully, students from STI will come to The Heritage Hotel Manila to do their practicum.”
– Atty. Juancho Baltazar, HR Director of The Heritage Hotel Manila
It will also allow faculty members to further strengthen their technical know-how through trainings and immersion in the fast-paced environment of the industry.
The Heritage Hotel Manila is only one of the affiliates of the academic institution including the European Innovation, Technology, and Science Center Foundation (EITSC), European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), Global Max’s Services Pte. Ltd. (Max’s), British Council, National Institute of Accounting Technicians (NIAT), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Solaire Resort and Casino, Tiger Resort, Leisure & Entertainment, Inc., Royal Caribbean, Jollibee Foods Corporation, UnionBank, and Microsoft.
Together with STI’s efforts, these partners prepare STI students for the workforce through internships, work immersion programs, trainings and workshops, licensure exam preparation, seminars, and other industry and business-specific programs. All of which provide a venue for STI students to apply their knowledge and skills to real life application.