This hospitality management course under the Raffles Knowledge-Raffles
Campus collaboration will also be conducted at aclEnglish Education Limited
in Bangkok, Thailand. The first hospitality management diploma course at
both schools will begin at the end of this year.
Mr Tommy Ng, Executive Director of Raffles Knowledge, said, Vietnam
is a dynamic market with a great potential for economic growth, fuelled
by the strength of the hospitality industry. This collaboration comes at
an opportune time with growing demand for hospitality management professionals
in Vietnam. With the tie-up, Raffles Knowledge is able to expand international
According to forecasts by The World Bank and the United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP), Vietnam will see a seven to eight percent growth in its
annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over the next few years. The travel
and tourism industry is expected to be one of the major driving forces,
growing at an annualised growth rate of 8.3 percent. According to the Vietnam
National Administration of Tourism (VNAT),
the number of overseas visitors to Vietnam reached more than 933,000
in the first four months of 2004. This represents an increase of 7.6 percent
from the same period last year.
With Vietnams aggressive industrialisation programme, there is a growing
need for the provision of professional education and training for its people.
The diploma programme in hospitality management will effectively develop
Vietnams human resource to groom industry professionals, underpinning
the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP), a national initiative promoting
the sharing of technical assistance with developing countries.
This academic collaboration allows both Raffles Knowledge and Raffles
Campus to leverage on each others strengths and expertise. Under the terms
of this agreement, Raffles Knowledge will develop the diploma curriculum,
and set assessments and examinations for all registered students at Singapore
Raffles Education Centre and aclEnglish Education Limited.
Raffles Knowledge is a wholly owned subsidiary and training arm of Raffles
International, the hotel management subsidiary of Raffles Holdings Limited.
Raffles Holdings is a member of CapitaLand.
This is Raffles Knowledges second academic tie-up in two months. Raffles
Knowledge recently announced a similar collaboration with EasyCall International
Limited in April to offer a diploma in hospitality management programme
at the Tianjin University of Commerce in China.
Mr Peter Fong, President of Raffles Campus, said, This collaboration
between Raffles Campus and Raffles Knowledge combines the best from both
companies. It brings about greater synergy of the wider ST-group interest.
The ST-group companies share STs mission to propel Singapore further through
successful enterprises worldwide. This diploma programme in hospitality
management is one collaboration that brings forth this mission.
About Raffles Campus Pte Ltd (www.rafflescampus.com)
Raffles Campus Pte Ltd (Raffles Campus) specialises in providing quality
education and training programmes in Asia, particularly in the countries
where it operates. Raffles Campus shareholders include Green Dot Investments
Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Technologies.
Besides academic advancement opportunities, Raffles Campus also provides
professional education, industry training and managerial effectiveness
programmes. Raffles Campus has established itself in Singapore and Vietnam.
More educational campuses will be set up across the Asia Pacific region.