PHILIPSBURG:— Just before USM’s Hospitality Management students left for their international trip to the Netherlands, on Friday the 7th of April, the students received a generous donation from Princess Juliana International Airport.
The timing could not have been better, stated Erwin Wolthuis – Head of the Hospitality Division. Our students worked really hard to raise the necessary funds for this international trip, but all their efforts were not enough to fully cover all the costs. However, with this generous sponsoring of PJIA, we could make the trip affordable for all involved.
During their educational trip to the Netherlands, the students not only visited some of the touristic highlights of the Netherlands, but they also paid the St. Maarten house in The Hague a visit. Next, to that, both the Hotelschool The Hague, as well as the Hospitality Management program at Stenden University, Leeuwarden were part of the program. For both programs, USM’s BTEC accredited Hospitality Management students qualify for enrolment via the international fast-track bachelor’s programs.
The international trip is an integral part of the accredited Hospitality Management program and is scheduled at the end of 3 months internship that the students have just finalized. In June the first cohort will graduate with their Associate of Arts and (British) HNC in Hospitality and Tourism Management.
It was really great to visit these Dutch Hotel schools, said Erwin Wolthuis. Especially, since now that our program is accredited and valued as a level 5 program, our graduates cannot only seamlessly transfer into the third year of American Universities like Monroe College NY and Johnson and Wales University; but as of now, the same applies to the Dutch HBO hospitality programs.
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Source: St. Martin News Network
Generous PJIA donation makes USM Hospitality Management Student trip possible