School of Hospitality Management forms global partnership

December 16, 2008

University Park, Pa. — Representatives from Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and the Hoge Hotelschool Maastricht (HHM), in The Netherlands, have finalized plans for the implementation of a Global Hospitality Management Program between the three schools.

The program is designed to provide students with a year-and-a-half-long, internationally oriented curriculum. The first cohort, consisting of five students per school, will begin at CUHK in fall 2009. They will move on to HHM in spring 2010 and Penn State in fall 2010. As the program grows, it is hoped that the number of students per school will increase to as many as 20.

"The Global Hospitality Management Program is unique in its focus on the many international aspects of hospitality management,” said Bert Van Hoof, director of Penn State's School of Hospitality Management. “Students will have the opportunity to study on three different continents and learn firsthand about the dominant issues in the industry in Asia, Europe and the United States, and will be better prepared for the challenges they will face in the future."

Each school will provide not only a unique local perspective, but also a specific coursework theme. Hong Kong’s program will focus on hospitality’s role in the larger parameters of international business, travel and tourism. At Maastricht, the focus will be on finance and entrepreneurship (including eight weeks of MBA courses). Penn State’s curriculum will emphasize the latest developments in lodging and foodservice from the U.S. perspective.

The Global Program will culminate with a capstone course and final project at Penn State which will require students from the three different schools to work together and draw on their international experiences.

Rachel Louie, a current Penn State sophomore major in the hotel, restaurant and institutional management major, will be a member of the first cohort in the Global Program. She hopes to network with her peers in the program, as well as the industry professionals she will study under in Hong Kong and Maastricht. “I look forward to experiencing these cultures in their natural states and being able to learn from their different management styles,” she said.

Louie will spend her entire junior year studying abroad, but feels that the effort will benefit her personally and professionally. “I never thought I’d want to leave Penn State for so long,” said Louie, “but this program just really captivated me. It just seems like one of those opportunities that will never come around again.”


  • Penn State students Trevor Swope, Nilraj Chudasama, Rachel Louie and Kishan Kansagra will be among the first participants in the Global Hospitality Management Program in fall 2009.

    IMAGE: Katie Maxwell

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