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School of Hotel and Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University



The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) has a rich history. The School is an independent and autonomous academic unit under the structure of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and was established in 1979.

One of the top hospitality and tourism schools in the world, SHTM welcomes close to 2,000 students from all over the world.

Students at SHTM learn from experienced faculty. They can choose from an array of undergraduate and postgraduate academic programmes, such as global hospitality business, international hospitality management, hotel management, tourism management, wine management and more. Its programmes help students develop key skills and professional acumen required to adapt to global workplace conditions.

The School has a one-of-a-kind teaching and research hotel called Hotel ICON which is wholly owned by the University. This is a purpose-built hotel fully integrating teaching, learning and research in a full service environment.

A joint initiative between the Hotel ICON and SHTM is the Food and Wine Academy, which is meant to help food and wine enthusiasts gain practical skills by learning through hands-on projects.

The SHTM Students’ Association is an official body that represents students. It caters to the academic life and welfare of students. A range of resources are available, including the Che-woo Lui Hotel and Tourism Resource Centre, which holds over 165 international journal titles on hospitality, tourism and food science.

SHTM students are recognised with awards twice every year, for their outstanding academic achievements. The School offers a unique work-integrated learning approach that helps students employ their classroom knowledge to a practical atmosphere.

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The SHTM has repeatedly excelled when it comes to university rankings, having taken the top spot in the "Hospitality and Tourism Management" classification of the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017/2018.

The School is unique when compared with other hospitality and tourism educational institutions by constantly remaining on top in global rankings. It is also ranked in the number one position in the world in the subject area of “Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism” by the Centre for World University Rankings by Subject, 2017. Ranked among the top three “Hospitality and Leisure Management” institutions internationally in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017/2018.

With nearly four decades of remarkable development, the SHTM has built its reputation as a global centre of excellent in hospitality and tourism education and research. The rankings offer a further insight into the length to which the School has been successful and important in enhancing knowledge about the hospitality and tourism industry.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

For 40 years, the School has cultivated a unique vision of hospitality and tourism education, and has risen as a global centre of excellence in the field. This School is among the world’s top hotel and tourism schools.

Its outstanding academic staff members enjoy tourism or hospitality industry managerial experience – a significant quality in an academic programme that offers specialised and practical business education.

The School’s active Advisory Committees including international educators and industry leaders offer advice on development matters and curriculum. This ensures that the curricula reflect the realities and also fulfil the industry’s needs, both in the present and in the future.

Combining with Hotel ICON, the School’s ground-breaking programmes produce an entirely new generation of pioneering, passionate professionals as well as students to take up leadership positions in the hospitality and tourism industry.

The academic staff at the School have published extensively in prominent industry journals and achieved global recognition for the standard of research and the scholarship they have produced. Seven of the international scholarly journals regarding hospitality and tourism are edited at the School:

  • Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research
  • International Journal of Event and Festival Management
  • Journal of China Tourism Research
  • Journal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism
  • Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing
  • Journal of Vacation Marketing
  • Tourism, Culture and Communication
Study options

Study options

Ph.D. in Hotel and Tourism Management

This programme provides advanced research training on the basis of career aspirations and individual interests, allowing students to nurture their ability to finish important research in specific areas of tourism or hospitality.

Doctor of Hotel and Tourism Management (D.HTM)

The course is developed for academics who seek a professional doctorate in the field of hotel and tourism management.

MSc in Global Hospitality Business

The degree is offered jointly by the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Lausanne Hotel School, and the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston. Held across the three well-known institutions located on three continents, students will have the opportunity to immerse in the business practices and culture of each destination.

MSc/Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) in International Hospitality Management

The programme helps students develop management skills, industry practice, and research competencies in the hospitality industry through interdisciplinary subject exposure, decision-making theory, problem identification, and management application.

The other MSc/PgD programmes offered at the School are in subjects including International Tourism and Convention Management, and International Wine Management.

BSc (Hons) in Hotel Management

This course educates students relating to the business of hotel management and food service management. The customer-service focus of the programme helps the graduates to do well in a broad range of complex, managerial and specialised work activities in the hotel and food service industry.

BSc (Hons) in Tourism and Events Management

This programme consists of both the theoretical as well as the practical elements of business tourism combined with an inclination in customer-service to produce graduates who are skilled to perform in tourism and events industry positions.

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Points of pride

Points of pride

The School was listed by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) as one of its international Education and Training Network Centres in the year 1999. The SHTM grew to become one of the first academic institutions to attain the UNWTO’s TedQual Certification, a quality control system for tourism research, training, and education in April 2001. The SHTM is also currently one of the members of the UNWTO Knowledge Network.

The International Academy for the Study of Tourism (IAST) opted the SHTM as the residence of its permanent secretariat in 2002. The Academy works towards developing the scientific knowledge of tourism by improving both practical and theoretical research.

In the year 2003, the School was identified by the International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators (ISTTE) with an "ISTTE Institutional Achievement Award" for important contributions to tourism education.

2005 saw the SHTM being ranked in 4th globally and 1st in Asia, as reported by a study published in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research. The School was also ranked 2nd globally among the hotel and tourism schools based on scholarship and research, according to another study issued in the same journal.

In the period of 2014-2015, the SHTM was ranked first internationally in Tourism and Services areas, according to the University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) Research Laboratory.

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The School comprises of world-class teaching as well as research facilities, including:

  • The Che-woo Lui Hotel and Tourism Research Centre, through which students can access an extensive range of teaching and reference materials in hotel and tourism management.
  • Bistro 1979 is a multi-function, student-run food and beverage restaurant unit offering a “real-world” restaurant environment for the School’s students to experiment, experience, learn and nurture the skill sets needed in the food and beverage industry.
  • Vinoteca Lab serves as an important facility to improve the food and beverage education for students. It also prepares the School’s students to meet the demands of Hong Kong as a hub of wine.
  • The Samsung Digital Lab for Hospitality Technology is a purpose-built facility for students to both learn and practice the most recent devices and technology programmes in use within the hospitality and tourism industry.

Hotel ICON

Being completely owned by PolyU and also as SHTM’s extension, Hotel ICON is the world’s first-ever research and teaching hotel of its kind. Although other universities too have teaching hotels, Hotel ICON is unique. It is a hotel that fully incorporates teaching, research and learning in a completely service-oriented environment.

Situated in a building complex that also accommodates the SHTM campus, classrooms, research facilities, resource centres and lots more, Hotel ICON consists of three exceptional restaurants and 262 guest rooms. The hotel is a testament to Hong Kong’s design innovation and creative energy. Hotel ICON provides dynamic and interactive learning environments, and modern educational facilities.

In order to fully incorporate Hotel ICON into the School’s curriculum, there has been a revamping of a number of subjects by the SHTM, involving the daily hotel operations, financial administration, event management, service quality and entrepreneurship management, all of which consists of practical training.

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The School of Hotel and Tourism Management offers a number of awards and scholarships to deserving students who display a high level of merit in academics, demonstrate their involvement in relevant activities outside of the classroom, and actively participate in charitable and community activities.

Since the School of Hotel and Tourism Management was established, the whole of the industry of hospitality and tourism, as well as individual donors in Hong Kong, the region and overseas, have contributed a huge number of scholarships in order to encourage personal and academic excellence amongst its students.

These awards and scholarships have benefited the institution’s students significantly and help them to enhance their academic achievements and also evolve into all-round graduates that are ready for the world of work.

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