Founded in 1978, Eta Sigma Delta (ESD) is a prestigious international society that recognizes exceptional academic achievement among hospitality and tourism students. It is officially administered by the renowned International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (I-CHRIE). Being one of the 90 active chapters worldwide, ESD HKPolyU chapter is one of the student organizations administered and recognized by the School of Hotel and Tourism Management of the HKPolyU.
Students who become ESD members distinguish themselves in the eyes of educators, recruiters, and industry executives. The society provides a network system of over 90 chapters where outstanding students can exchange information and ideas, and participate in campus activities, fund-raising, and voluntary programmes. In addition, the chapters stimulate students to strive for academic excellence by providing tutoring and other forms of academic support.
To be eligible for membership in Eta Sigma Delta, students must meet the following criteria:
- Complete at least 50% of the credit hours required for graduation;
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5; and
- Agree to uphold the values of creativity, diversity-equity-inclusion, ethics, excellence, leadership, and service.