News for the Hospitality Executive
The Education of International Students at U.S. Hotel
Schools; A Conversation
with Stephen Barth, Professor of Hospitality Law and Leadership at the
Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management
by John Hogan, September 1, 2010
The hospitality education of international students has continued to evolve and many programs have growing ratios of international to domestic students.
“What people hear they forget, what they see they remember,
This quote is the leadoff message on an informational card that is included in programs on Powerful Presentations led by Stephen Barth, JD, CHE, Professor of Hospitality Law and Leadership at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston.
Dr. Barth is well known in the industry for both his articles and presentations, with a focus on legal and leadership issues. His articles appear regularly in many industry publications. His frequent presentations focus on positive leadership techniques and methods for preventing liability in the hospitality industry.
Barth is the author of Hospitality Law, co-author of Restaurant Law Basics, and the founder of HospitalityLawyer.com with its annual Hospitality Law Conference series. He has over twenty years of experience in hospitality operations, which includes line positions, management, and ownership. As an attorney and member of the State Bar of Texas, he serves as a mediator and a strong proponent for alternative dispute resolution.
He assisted the National Restaurant Association in developing its Safety and Security Seminar and its Responsible Service of Alcohol program. He is a member of a select group of instructors worldwide designated by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association to teach its Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) program.
I asked Dr. Barth for some of his insights on today’s students.
Why do you think there is such a continuing demand for international hospitality learning?
I have attended a number of job fairs and related events over the past several years at the Conrad Hilton College and have been impressed with the diversity of students by age, nationality, interest and career focus. Do you find that international students studying in American universities have challenges adopting learning styles that might be somewhat different from their domestic counterparts?
Can you share how you personally embrace this outward reach for international learning? I know you spent a recent sabbatical in South America and are learning Spanish.
Dr. Barth is a highly sought after speaker for many groups and regularly interacts on many issues for the National Restaurant Association, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Club Managers Association, the National Association of Catering Executives, National Business Travel Association, the Texas Hotel and Lodging Association, and CHEERS. In addition, he regularly interacts with many other hospitality associations and management companies, including Four Seasons, Hyatt, Hilton, Choice, Best Western Hotels, Intercontinental and Wyndham Worldwide.
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John Hogan is a successful hospitality executive, educator, author and consultant and is a frequent keynote speaker and seminar leader at many hospitality industry events. http://www.linkedin.com/in/drjohnhoganchache.
Dr. John Hogan, CHA MHS CHE
|Also See:||Hospitality Conversations: Examining the Learning Options Available in the Hospitality Field / Dr John Hogan / July 2010|