ITS has opened its doors for a new scholastic year in specialised courses in the hospitality industry.
630 students have begun their studies, 300 of whom are new.
During a cermony to open the new academic year, the Chief Executive at ITS, Pierre Fenech said that 17% of the students are foreign and come from 31 different countries. He explained that the Institute is offering courses in the tourism sector which varies from a certificate to a Bachelor’s Degree in collaboration with the University of Malta, and other institutions in France and Finland.
Mr Fenech said that “the curriculum at ITS changes every year because this is a very dynamic industry, and the sector is constantly changing so ITS has to keep abreast with this fast pace and change with it.”
The President of the ITS student council, Sean Galan, urged students to study hard and work together with the ITS administration. He said that after a year at ITS he can confirm that it is a positive experience.
Mr Galan said that he had found a lot of support from the administration and hopes that this year will be even better than last year.
Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi said that that the Institute will be given further impetus with a new campus at Smart City which will also include a hotel for training.
Minister Mizzi said that “once the permit has been issued, we can proceed with a tender for this project. As a ministry we are working hard with foreign universities to create more collaborative programmes.”
He added that the Institute for Tourism Studies has reached a high level so that the qualifications will eventually be recognised at international level.