PolyU Establishes Tan Siu Lin Innovation Hub to Advance Hospitality and Tourism Education
Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, October 19, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is privileged to announce the establishment of the Tan Siu Lin Innovation Hub with the generous support of the Tan Siu Lin Foundation.
Committed to providing students with an inspirational and flexible learning environment conducive to creativity and innovation, the Tan Siu Lin Innovation Hub is one of the major facilities of the SHTM. It is officially opened today by Dr Tan Siu Lin, Founder, Tan Siu Lin Foundation; Mrs Jennifer Su Tan, Executive Director, Tan Siu Lin Foundation; Dr Miranda Lou, Executive Vice President, PolyU; and Professor Kaye Chon, SHTM Dean, Chair Professor and Walter and Wendy Kwok Family Foundation Professor in International Hospitality Management.
At today’s opening ceremony, Mrs Su Tan said, “PolyU School of Hotel and Tourism Management is one of the best hospitality programmes in the world, and our Foundation is excited with the opening of Tan Siu Lin Innovation Hub. This will give students opportunity to stay up-to-date with technological advances which are very important to the future of the industry.”
Thanked the Tan Siu Lin Foundation for contributing to a successful educational partnership. “I believe the Foundation’s support will empower young people with opportunities to excel and to benefit the community and the world they belong,” she said. “It will also give a fresh impetus to the SHTM’s ongoing efforts in the advancement of hospitality and tourism education and research.” The new facility ensures that SHTM students have experience using the latest technology available in the industry, nurturing them to become global-minded leaders in the digital age.
Located on the third floor with a net floor area of 132.8 m2, the Tan Siu Lin Innovation Hub is equipped with state-of-the-art digital equipment and specialised software for the industry, ensuring an environment in which students are empowered to reach their full potentials. With classes regularly held in the Innovation Hub, and Executive Development Programmes making use of the facility, a broad range of learners, researchers and scholars will benefit from the facility. The Hub highlights the SHTM’s determination to stay at the forefront in the digital age, exemplifying the School’s motto of Leading Hospitality and Tourism.
“This benefaction does not only play an important role in the advancement of hospitality and tourism education, but also demonstrates the industry’s deep commitment in nurturing future leaders,” Dean Kaye Chon said. With Tan Siu Lin Foundation’s unwavering support, the School expects more success and greater contributions in the years ahead. “The SHTM is a recognised leader in hospitality and tourism education and research,” he continued, “We are committed to nurturing the industry’s finest, empowering them to lead the industry into its sustainable future.”
About PolyU’s School of Hotel and Tourism Management
For over 40 years, the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has refined a distinctive vision of hospitality and tourism education and become a world-leading hotel and tourism school. Ranked No. 1 in the world in the “Hospitality and Tourism Management” category in ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022 for the sixth consecutive year, placed No. 1 globally in the “Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services” category in the University Ranking by Academic Performance in 2021/2022 for five years in a row, rated No. 1 in the world in the “Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism” subject area by the CWUR Rankings by Subject 2017, and ranked No. 1 in Asia in the “Hospitality and Leisure Management” subject area in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022 for the sixth consecutive year, the SHTM is a symbol of excellence in the field, exemplifying its motto of Leading Hospitality and Tourism.
The School is driven by the need to serve its industry and academic communities through the advancement of education and dissemination of knowledge. With a strong international team of over 90 faculty members from diverse cultural backgrounds, the SHTM offers programmes at levels ranging from undergraduate degrees to doctoral degrees. Through Hotel ICON, the School’s groundbreaking teaching and research hotel and a vital aspect of its paradigm-shifting approach to hospitality and tourism education, the SHTM is advancing teaching, learning and research, inspiring a new generation of passionate, pioneering professionals to take their positions as leaders in the hospitality and tourism industry.