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

17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong ,
Hong Kong S.A.R. View map
Hong Kong SAR


When it comes to raising your qualifications in the tourism and hospitality industry, you need to be where the action is. That’s Asia, the world’s fastest growing region for tourism.

With its key role of regional airline hub and gateway to Mainland China, vibrant blend of Eastern culture and Western sophistication, there's no better place to ride this "Asian Wave" than Hong Kong.

Rated No. 1 in the world in the “Hospitality and Tourism Management” category according to ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019, placed No. 1 globally in the “Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services” category in the University Ranking by Academic Performance in 2017/2018 and ranked No. 1 in the world in the “Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism” subject area by the CWUR Rankings by Subject 2017, the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is uniquely positioned to not only ride the Asian wave, but also to lead it in educational excellence. For close to 40 years, the SHTM has refined a distinctive vision of hospitality and tourism education and become a symbol of excellence in the field, exemplifying its motto of Leading Hospitality and Tourism.

With the establishment of Hotel ICON, our one-of-a-kind teaching and research hotel, the SHTM’s leadership role in hospitality research is also enhanced. Research projects with different foci have already been implemented in the hotel. Together with Hotel ICON, our groundbreaking programmes inspire a new generation of professionals and students to become future leaders in the hospitality and tourism industry.

So let our talented international staff of more than 70 academics from 21 countries and regions take your career path to new heights.

Come crest the wave in Hong Kong!

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 learn and practice the latest technology programmes and devices used in the hospitality and tourism industry.

One of the SHTM's top priorities is ensuring that its programmes are application-oriented to meet its students' needs. The School is geared towards preparing students for careers in the hotel, food service, tourism, and MICE sectors, offering various courses in hotel management and tourism management at the Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Hotel and Tourism Management, Master of Science, and Bachelor of Science (Honours)  levels.

To meet the need for industry training, all undergraduate students are required to complete Work-Integrated Education, undertaking industry placements as part of their studies to gain hands-on experience in their chosen fields. The School is also very fortunate to have the support of scholarships donated by industry partners.

  • Work-Integrated Education   

Practical work experience is critical for students to become all-round professionals who possess an appropriate level of operational experience and an understanding of industry operations and managerial decision making. For this reason, the SHTM incorporates Work-Integrated Education (WIE) as a mandatory component of all undergraduate programme curriculums.

WIE provides a work-based learning experience that takes place in an organisational context relevant to each student's future profession or to the development of generic skills that are valued in that profession. The focus is to help students develop a range of valuable abilities and to provide opportunities where they can apply theories to real-life situations.

The SHTM’s Hotel ICON Programme provides training for students through a series of professional leadership programmes. The brightest and most promising students within the SHTM have the chance to mirror the management of Hotel ICON by undertaking the Elite Management Programme. Students who complete the programme will gain management experience and acquire the foundation necessary to work as hotel supervisors or managers upon graduation.

SHTM Master of Science (MSc) students are also provided with the opportunity to undertake paid internships at Hotel ICON by engaging themselves in the Management Practice Programme.

  • International Student Exchange Prorgramme   

SHTM offers undergraduate students academic exchange opportunities to enhance the all-round development of our students. The School has established student exchange agreements with over 40 renowned hospitality and tourism management institutions around the world.

SHTM students learn in an international and innovative environment, and benefit from an unparalleled blend of educational experiences across the globe. They are very grateful for the many opportunities they receive in and outside of Hong Kong!

For admission and application details of our undergraduateand postgraduates programmes, please visit http://www51.polyu.edu.hk/eprospectus/.

The SHTM encourages all of our students to participate in our Career Day and Recruitment Seminar Series, where they can gain a better understanding of the industry and prepare for interviews and job hunting. We also provide Career Counselling services for final year students who are interested in joining the hospitality industry in Hong Kong or in other parts of the world; to schedule a counselling session, please make an appointment with one of our Placement Officers.

Online, our Job Search services can help students find the positions that best suit their career focuses and aspirations. We also offer a Job Posting service where our industry partners can post recruitment information.

The School has also established worldwide networks for students to get in touch with hospitality and tourism professionals during their study.

  • Club Managers' Association STHM Student Chapter
  • Eta Sigma Delta
  • Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) HK SHTM Student Chapter
  • Institute of Hospitality (IoH) Hong Kong Student Chapter
  • Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Hong Kong PolyU SHTM Student Chapter
  • SHTM Event Society
  • SHTM Mentorship Programme
  • SHTM Students’ Association (SHTMSA)
  • The Bacchus: SHTM Wine Society

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