The Centres of Excellence

learning peopleCENTRES OF EXCELLENCE

Universities and colleges throughout the world offer certificate, diploma and degree courses in travel and tourism. There are few international endorsement and promotion schemes operating to recognise the relevance of these courses and the tutors who teach on them for the travel industry. Universities and colleges need to differentiate themselves from each other and one way that this will be possible is through TIA recognition, endorsement and promotion. TIA has  established two levels of recognition and endorsement for auditing academic courses and then promoting the courses through its website and networks:

INTERNATIONAL CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

To attain this level of recognition the educational establishment must have achieved an international reputation for the quality of its provision. Criteria for TIA International Centre of Excellence accreditation include:

  • the provision of diploma and degree courses that have been audited to meet the needs of global travel industry employers
  • the global employment record of alumni
  • the international consultancy and research undertaken by faculty
  • membership of global travel industry organisations
  • endorsement of its provision by international or national government or tourism agencies

Universities and colleges that  have attained TIA International Centre of Excellence status are:

Bandung Institute of Tourism, West Java, Indonesia
Beijing International Studies University, China 
Hanoi University, Vietnam
Kerala Institute of Travel & Tourism Studies, India 
Mahidol International University College, Bangkok, Thailand 
Yunnan University of Finance & Economics, 
Kunming, China

Bali Institute of Tourism, Indonesia

Chung Hua University, Taiwan

IMUS Institute of Science & Technology, the Philippines

Prastetiya Mulya University, Indonesia

CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

To attain this level of recognition the educational establishment must have achieved a national reputation for the quality of its provision. Criteria for Centre of Excellence accreditation include:

  • the provision of diplomas or degrees that have been audited to meet the needs of national and regional travel industry employers
  • the national or regional employment record of alumni
  • national or regional consultancy and research of its faculty
  • membership of national or regional travel industry organisations
  • endorsement of its provision by national or regional government or tourism agencies.

The current TIA Centres of Excellence are:

Institute of Travel & Tourism College, The Gambia, West Africa

All of the TIA accredited educational establishments are able to use the TIA Centre of Excellence logo on their websites and promotional material to indicate that they have been quality assured by the TIA and that they offer educational courses that meet the needs of the global travel industry.

THE BENEFITS OF TIA ACCREDITATION ARE:
  • Students on recognised courses can be assured of the relevance of their qualification for careers within the travel industry
  • Travel industry employers when recruiting new employees who have studied on a TIA endorsed course can be assured that the programme of study has been assessed by the TIA as being appropriate and relevant for the travel industry
  • Universities and colleges can use their TIA recognition as a means of recruiting and retaining learners by demonstrating that they are one of the best places to study for a travel industry qualification
  • Universities and colleges can demonstrate to travel industry organisations that their courses have been assessed through a rigorous process of accreditation to recognise excellence in travel industry education
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