Award Ceremony for International Hotel Management Students


Final year students on the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s BA International Hotel Management programme were recently awarded an internationally recognised certificate for learning Mandarin during their studies.

Presentation of Certificates

Reflecting the truly global nature of the hospitality industry, the BA International Hotel Management recognises the importance of the Chinese tourist market and as part of their degree course, learners study an intensive Mandarin course. Developed by staff at UWTSD’s Confucius Institute, the course has a unique focus on the language skills needed in this sector.

From the dozen or more students who completed the Mandarin immersion module this year, a further seven opted to take HSK, the Chinese Government’s language proficiency test which is seen as the gold standard for Mandarin in business and commerce around the world. They all achieved the HSK level 1 qualification with exceptionally high marks, and now have the chance with further study to qualify for scholarships for study in China.

To mark the students’ achievement, an award ceremony was held on 9th May at the Chinese Business and Culture Centre within UWTSD’s Swansea Business campus.  Awarding the certificates was the Confucius Institute’s Director, Jane Quan, who said:

“We congratulate the students on their excellent results. The tourism industry in China is growing rapidly and we welcome the students to see for themselves the wonderful career opportunities in China.”

Presentation of Certificates

International Hotel Management Programme Director, John Howells, also commented:

“Students studying BA (Hons) International Hotel Management find the foreign language module on Mandarin taught by staff from the Confucius Institute a demanding but extremely important module. Alongside Mandarin, students are also taught Cultural Awareness to provide them with an understanding of different cultures, particularly within a hospitality setting. The University also offers students additional tuition in Mandarin to further develop their skills after they complete their language module as part of their degree programme. A significant percentage of students voluntarily follow this additional course and this has enabled a number of them to study in China after graduation.

“As a tutor I am delighted with the success of the module and the programme initiated by the Confucius Institute and look forward to the module being taught to BA (Hons) International Hotel Management students on our campuses in London and Birmingham. It offers the students a different dimension to their studies and significant opportunities following their graduation.”

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