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Tianjin Hospitality Students Gain Global Education, Competitive Edge at Miami Dade College

TIANJIN Hospitality Students

Students from Tianjin Professional College arrived Oct. 2 to embark on a unique hospitality training program and explore western culture.

Miami, October 17, 2008 - East meets west with a new educational partnership between Tianjin Professional College and Miami Dade College (MDC), the largest and most diverse higher learning institution in the country.  On Oct. 2, a group of eleven hospitality students from the Tianjin institute in China arrived in Miami to participate in an eight-month specialized hospitality training program.

The Tianjin Professional College Hospitality Management Program, based at the college’s Wolfson Campus and modeled after the curriculum used by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, is not just about academic training but also an opportunity to learn about new cultures.

Rebecca Yang, a 21-year-old student from Tianjin, said her dream has always been to work as a front desk manager in a hotel. This is her first trip to America.

“The U.S. is so beautiful,” she said. “In this college there is a good environment. It inspires me to be a good student.”

A joint effort between MDC’s School of Business and Community Education college-wide, the pilot program includes classes in resume writing, communication skills, front desk administration, food and beverage, and concierge, among other areas of study. In addition, Yang and her classmates are attending a specialized English course tailored to the terminology used in the hospitality industry. 

“The main goal of this program is to expose the students to western culture, help them to be well rounded,” said Shelly Fano, MDC Hospitality Management program director. “When they return to Tianjin they will be able to find jobs with global chains.”

As part of their academic training, the Tianjin students will gain hands-on experience at local hotels and restaurants. If they perform 90 days of work in a particular service area, they become eligible to apply for certification in that area, which is valid anywhere in the world.

While this is only the beginning, Fano said Tianjin Professional College has shown great interest in sending more students. She hopes the program will continue growing and possibly develop an exchange component, where MDC hospitality students can travel to China for a taste of eastern culture.

For more information about the program, please contact Shelly Fano at 305-237-3370.

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Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist

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