Pertlink Limited have entered into an agreement with the School of Continuing Studies (SCS) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong - Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Community College (CUTW). This will see the creation of an innovative training programme leading to a professional qualification, targeting to foster a new generation of Hospitality IT professionals for the next generation of Hospitality IT.
The hotel industry is booming and technology deployment within the hospitality industry is at an all time high. But, there is a major missing ingredient - a steady and consistent supply of qualified personnel that will maximize and manage the increasingly sophisticated IT systems.
“For a long while we have observed an escalating global requirement for the supply of competent IT personnel within the industry. Seeing how this was not being suitably addressed, we decided to take up the challenge,” says Terence Ronson - Managing Director - Pertlink Limited.
In this connection, “CHIP” (Certified Hospitality IT Professionals) has been developed by Pertlink with a view to enhancing the IT knowledge of hotel personnel and allowing them to advance their careers.
Needing suitable visionary host educational establishments, SCS and CUTW were selected. The programme will be integrated into SCS’s course offerings, and delivered at the purpose-built teaching blocks of CUTW in Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
“We share the vision of nurturing next generation hoteliers who are well-versed in IT. We support Pertlink on this initiative as it can complement our objectives and add value to our comprehensive educational offerings,” says Dr. Victor Lee - Director of School of Continuing Studies of CUHK.
The programme has been engineered so as to take existing Hotel operational staff from such departments as Front Office, Administration, Accounting or F&B and leverage off their background knowledge. Over a four-week period, the comprehensive curriculum will expand their personal horizons into the fascinating and dynamic world of (hospitality) technology. The curriculum will impart the required knowledge and at the same time hone their interpersonal skill-set, to become the next generation Hospitality IT professionals.
Jurgen Meyer - Senior Associate of Pertlink adds: “The first graduates of this course will be fortunate. They will have access to knowledge that is much needed in the industry. It could also help kick-start careers as they gain competence in a field that employers will value in years to come.”
Courses are planned to start in the 4th Quarter of 2005 and further details will be available from: