USM Hospitality students outside Stenden University.
AIRPORT–Just before University of St. Martin (USM) Hospitality Management students left for their trip to the Netherlands on Friday, April 7, they received a generous donation from Princess Juliana International Airport SXM.
The timing could not have been better, said Hospitality Division head Erwin Wolthuis. “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 cost. However, with this generous sponsoring of [the Airport – Ed.], we could make the trip affordable for all involved,” he said.
During their educational trip to the Netherlands, students visited not only some of the Netherlands’ touristic highlights, but also St. Maarten House in The Hague, the Hotel School in The Hague and the Stenden University, Leeuwarden, Hospitality Management programme. USM’s BTEC-accredited Hospitality Management students qualify for enrolment in both programmes via the international fast-track Bachelor’s degree programmes.
The trip is an integral part of the accredited Hospitality Management programme and is scheduled at the end of the three-month internship the students have just finalised. The first group will graduate in June with their Associate of Arts and (British) HNC in Hospitality and Tourism Management.
It was really great to visit these Dutch hotel schools, said Wolthuis, “especially since now that our programme is accredited and valued as a level 5 programme, our graduates cannot only seamlessly transfer into the third year of American Universities like Monroe College, New York, and Johnson and Wales University, but as of now the same applies for the Dutch HBO hospitality programmes.”
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