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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,
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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 2020, placed No. 1 globally in the “Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services” category in the University Ranking by Academic Performance in 2019/2020 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 (PolyU) is uniquely positioned to not only ride the Asian wave, but also to lead it in educational excellence. For over 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, SHTM's groundbreaking 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. Three dedicated guest rooms – “Tomorrow’s Guestrooms” – created to facilitate more in-depth research into the application of advanced concepts in the field of hotel management for the advancement of the entire industry.

So let the School’s strong international team of 70+ academics with diverse cultural backgrounds 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:

Wholly owned by PolyU and an extension of the SHTM, Hotel ICON is a unique teaching and research hotel offering a fully integrated teaching and learning approach to education. Officially opened in September 2011,  Hotel ICON is located in the same building complex as the SHTM campus. 

As the world's first co-located, co-lead programme offered in a teaching and research hotel, Hotel ICON provides a dynamic environment to inspire a new generation of passionate pioneering hoteliers and students who will one day take their positions as leaders in the hospitality and tourism sector.

The Che-woo Lui Hotel and Tourism Research Centre houses a range of hotel and tourism management related reference and teaching materials, such as books, journals, magazines, statistical reports and conference proceedings to support research, teaching and learning functions of the School.

Bistro 1979 is a multi-function student-operatedrestaurant unit providing a “real-world” restaurant setting for students to build on the skill-sets required in F&B industry. It is also the venue for the Catering Studies Dining Society which welcomes their members and their guests. The training restaurant seats 66 persons, offering lunches and dinners during the semester according to the academic timetable.

Vinoteca Lab seats 40 persons. It is used for a variety of classes including wine appreciation. Students are taught a range of topics, from basic wine fundamentals to advanced regional and international wine knowledge and specialist skills in the F&B industry. Workshops organised by the Food and Wine Academy, an initiative by the SHTM and Hotel ICON, also take place here.

The Samsung Digital Lab for Hospitality Technology is a purpose-built facility for students to learn and practice with the latest applications and devices used in the hospitality and tourism industry.

Students’ Reflections

Doctor of Philosophy in School of Hotel and Tourism Management (Ph.D)

  • "The professors are not only passionate about the industry and their research, but they are also interested in what the students are working on for their thesis and lend some ideas or questions to improve the work. After I successfully complete the programme I would like to go into academia and continue teaching and educating the future leaders of the industry.” — Mr Guy Llewellyn, Ph.D. student from the USA

  • "It is a unique experience to work and communicate with the peer Ph.D. students from 20 different countries of the world. I, personally, embrace the opportunity to explore 20 different lifestyles, backgrounds, and attitudes. And professionally, I get to know about diversified educational and tourism business systems of the place of origin of the students.”— Ms Hakimeh Nasiri, Ph.D. student from Iran

Doctor of Hotel and Tourism Management (D.HTM) 

  • “With its focus on Asia, the SHTM provides a balanced theoretical and practical approach to the subjects. Many of the faculty members have industry and managerial experience. Classes have a good blend of research and practical applications. Classmates have a diverse background, and this essentially enriches the learning.”—Mr Teerawut Chanyasak, Chief Executive Officer, Vorrawut Group, Thailand

  • “The D.HTM programme is a perfect integration of academic and practical experience. I very much enjoy the challenging, interesting and fruitful learning journey here. For me, the D.HTM programme is not only a learning ground but encourages emotional bonding. I am so fortunate to have become one of the family members here!”— Ms Maria Yue, Finance Director, Hyatt Place & Hyatt House, Asia Pacific, Chinese Mainland

Master of Science (MSc) in Global Hospitality Business

  • "This experience will allow me to be comfortable in any environment. It’s my ultimate dream to hopefully bring in a Four Seasons to Zimbabwe which has one of the Seven Wonders of the World.”— Mr Rutendo Brando Matingo, student from Canada

  • “Everyone is motivated. Everybody has a purpose here and they’re ready to bring it to class. What I’m enjoying about the programme is the professors, they work in the industry and it’s very important for us in order to have real life examples.”— Mr Ignacio Rodriguez Fernandez Victorio, student from Spain

MSc in International Hospitality Management

  • “I have been really impressed by the ability of our teachers to engage students in the learning process and their dedication to teaching. The teaching body remains attentive to students by looking for feedbacks and bringing real support in case of issues.”—Ms Emmanuelle Alexandra Chloe Neu, Finance intern, Courtyard by Marriott Paris Gare de Lyon, France

  • “The School is really committed to spreading the light of quality education over the horizon. Studying in SHTM has introduced me to the most supreme way of getting quality education. The overall academic calibre and methodologies are outstanding.”— Mr Abdul Abdullah, student from Pakistan

MSc in International Tourism and Convention Management

  • “Hong Kong is the best representations of the fusion between Asian and Western cultures which is an interesting cultural environment to develop. Besides, the SHTM leads in the field of hospitality and tourism in worldwide reputation.”—Ms Maria Pia Morey Poma, Right Hand to CEO, Happyer, Peru

  • “We have a diverse student body which is very important for my programme – MSc in ITCM – since we all benefit from ideas and viewpoints from classmates of different nationalities. I was also impressed by the rich experience and multicultural background of the teachers.”— Mr Zhiye Dai, student from Chinese Mainland

MSc in International Wine Management

  • “The greatest benefit I’ve gained is definitely the people I’ve met, both my fellow students and my lecturers. It’s very advantageous to have such diversity of opinions, approaches and cultural backgrounds, all contributing to a much better understanding of the world and in particular Chinese wine culture.” —Mr Joao Adriano De Melo Pires, Director, Wine, Melco Resort & Entertainment, Portugal

  • “During my exchange in Bordeaux, I met a lot of classmates from across Europe, the USA, etc. It is exciting to get to know so many people from different backgrounds, with whom we share our personal experiences.”—Ms Lena Na Li, Certified Sherry Wine Educator, Consejo Regulador de los Vinos de Jerez y Manzanilla, Chinese Mainland

MicroMasters in International Hospitality Management

  • “I really enjoyed my study with SHTM in the MircoMasters programme. The course included lectures from current practitioners who offered actual case studies, and the course lecturers all have vast experience in their field - their own research into the topics provided a wide range of contemporary perspectives into the course. I recommend the MicroMasters programme to any manager or interested student wanting to expand their knowledge of key aspects in tourism and hospitality today and apply critical thinking to the challenges facing the sector.”—Mr Ian Mason, Tourism and Hospitality Consultant, Ian Mason Consulting, Australia 

  • “Just when I thought having years of hands-on hospitality and tourism experiences were good enough, the MicroMasters in International Hospitality Management validated my best practices and taught me the latest ways to market the right products and services to the right customers, at the right time and through the right channels.”—Mr Law Peng Khoon, Hospitality Sales & Marketing Specialist, Singapore

BSc in Hotel Management

  • “SHTM has a great reputation not only in Asia, but internationally. At SHTM, all nations come together to study. This encourages an intercultural understanding and fosters a diverse culture among students. “—Ms Kristina Braun , Assistant Manager, Grand Hyatt Berlin, Germany

BSc in Tourism and Events Management

  • “At the SHTM, I had broad exposure to the hospitality and tourism industry. I also developed effective personal and leadership skills by joining the various student associations. Being a part of the diverse and dynamic student body, I learned to embrace cultural diversity and be open-minded.” —Ms Luna Wang, Customer Insights Manager, Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong

Whether you are a high school student, a college student currently enrolled in another programmes, or an industry professional looking to earn your next degree or certificate, you will find in the SHTM a world-class institution offering world-leading programmes to help you achieve your academic and professional goals .

For details of SHTM’s academic programmes, please visit: https://shtm.polyu.edu.hk/academic-programmes/

For admission and application details of the School’s undergraduate and postgraduates programmes, please visit http://www.polyu.edu.hk/study

Many SHTM graduates are taking leading positions in renowned organisations in hospitality and tourism as well as in academia, including:

  • Accenture
  • AsiaWorld-Expo
  • Bain & Company
  • Bangkok University
  • Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts
  • Bournemouth University
  • Burapha University
  • Burberry Ltd
  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Chiang Mai University
  • Colliers International Hong Kong
  • Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Expedia Group, Inc.
  • Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
  • Gems Nerd Co.Ltd
  • Grand Hyatt Berlin
  • Hilton Hotel and Resorts
  • Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels
  • Hong Kong Disneyland
  • Hong Kong Tourism Board
  • Hotel ICON
  • Hyatt Hotel Corporation
  • InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Invest Hong Kong
  • Kon Kean University
  • Langham Hospitality Group
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Macao Institute for Tourism Studies
  • Mahidol University International College
  • Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
  • Marco Polo Hotels Hong Kong
  • Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO)
  • MGM Resorts International
  • Naresuan University
  • Ocean Park Hong Kong
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Peruvian University of Applied Sciences
  • Prince of Songkla University
  • Rosewood Hotel Group
  • Roskilde University
  • San Francisco State University
  • Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
  • Standard International, LLC
  • Suratthani Rajabhat University
  • Swire Hotels
  • The Ritz-Carlton
  • TripAdvisor
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Surrey
  • Zhejiang University


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