Students successfully defend tourism thesis

PHILIPSBURG–Inter-Continental University of the Caribbean (ICUC) held a thesis defence exam for two of its St. Maarten-based students in their Bachelor of Science (BSc.) Business programme at SXM Hospitality Educational Institute (SXMHEI) on Tuesday, May 30.

The two students are Chantal Herah from Jamaica and Isheline van Putten from St. Eustatius. Both earned their BSc. in business with a major in International Hospitality Management.

In its eight years of existence, ICUC’s bachelor programme in International Hospitality and Tourism Management (IHTM) has hosted more than 150 students who experienced its innovative approach to international career education.

The highly-demanded study-abroad programme includes that students attend a part of the programme abroad each year. The programme can look back with fulfilment on the realisation of its international focus with a student mix including students from more than 20 countries and the wide range of international internship placements at places like Miami, London, Amsterdam, Hawaii, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and St. Maarten.

IHTM programme director Sidney Justiana at the ICUC in Curaçao, in an invited comment, praised the two graduates and said he was extremely satisfied with their thesis defence. He also commended SXMHEI for mentoring and guiding the students through this very important stage and confirmed that the ICUC will continue its collaboration with SXMHEI to offer its Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programmes (ACBSP) accredited Bachelor programme in International Hospitality Management at SXMHEI in St. Maarten.

Van Putten defended her thesis “Developing St. Eustatius through Cruise Tourism with Small to Medium Cruise Ships” and Herah defended her thesis “Employee satisfaction – Identifying the impact of culture on employees’ job satisfaction at the Divi Little Bay Resort.”

Justiana ended his comments by stating that he wished to thank the SXM Hospitality Educational Institute for once again guiding, mentoring and preparing the students, and for facilitating and hosting the thesis defence.

Source: The Daily Herald