The SHTM recently signed an agreement with IE University (IE) in Spain to collaborate on MOOC courses and online certificate programmes. IE has partnered with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) to develop the Tourism Online Academy (TOA), an online learning platform providing 100% online courses in the field of tourism. IE will provide the TOA platform to deliver the MOOC courses and Online Certificate Programmes. The SHTM
will offer one of its MicroMasters courses in International Hospitality Management on the platform – HTM540x Innovation and Technology Management in Tourism and Hospitality.
The signing ceremony took place virtually on 20 May 2022 was presided over by Professor Kaye Chon, SHTM Dean, Chair Professor and Walter and Wendy Kwok Family Foundation Professor in International Hospitality Management, and Mr Martin Rodriguez Jugo, Director of IE Publishing & High Impact Online Programs, Business
School, IE University. The ceremony was witnessed by Professor Cathy Hsu and Ms Regina Wang of the SHTM, Ms Natalia Bayona of the UNWTO, Mr Julien Marcel Depauw and Ms Veronica Santos of IE University.
Under this agreement, the SHTM and IE will work together to leverage their respective areas of expertise, delivering a high-quality learning experience that caters to those who are looking to improve or supplement their current skillset to adapt to this fast growing
and evolving sector.
The SHTM is delighted to have forged a close partnership with the UNWTO and IE. The School is committed to bridging the gap between higher education and the workplace. The agreement has strengthened the SHTM's relationship with academic partners and reaffirmed the industry's support for the School.