[CSR] PolyU wins Samsung’s support to advance hospitality technology
on Nov 21, 2008
Hong Kong – 30 October, 2008- With the support of world-renowned electronics manufacturer Samsung Electronics Hong Kong, the School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has garnered more momentum in advancing hospitality technology.
Equipped with advanced computing facilities and specialized software for the industry, the Samsung Digital Lab for Hospitality Technology has been set up on the university campus. It is officially unveiled today (30 October) by Mr Brian Kim, President of Samsung Electronics Hong Kong Co. Ltd.; Prof. Suleyman Demokan, PolyU Vice President (Academic Development); and Prof. Kaye Chon, Director of SHTM.
“Samsung’s goal is to empower young people with opportunities to excel and to benefit their local communities,” said Mr Kim. “With Hong Kong’s potential as a leading city for international conferences and window to the world’s largest market, China, there is a strong demand for creative, talented people in the tourism industry. The Samsung Digital Lab will provide these students with an inspirational and flexible learning environment that is conducive to creativity. We hope it helps them to reach their full potential and ultimately contribute to Hong Kong’s sustained status as an internationally competitive economy.”
Prof Chon said the opening of this Lab has highlighted the School’s determination to stay at the forefront of technological change. “Our students can gain hands-on experience with industry booking and enquiry software, as well as the application of information technology in the hospitality settings. This clearly befits our status as Asia’s leading hospitality and tourism institution,” he said.
Built around the generous sponsorship from Samsung, the Digital Lab is home to a wide range of computing and audio-visual equipment including 58 R-Series notebooks, high-definition LCD TVs, network printers, DVD HD camcorder, air cleaner, home theatre system, DVD and blu-ray disc players. To help students keep abreast of hospitality technology, all computers are installed with advanced software products that facilitate teaching of subjects include lodging management, revenue management, financial management, E-business, technology management and data analysis for the industry.
The new facilities ensure that students have experience using the latest technology available in the industry. With classes regularly held in the Lab, and Executive Development Programmes making use of the facilities, a broad range of learners as well as researchers will benefit from the use of this Lab.
More importantly, this collaboration has paved the way for the future development of hospitality technology facility at PolyU’s Teaching Hotel, as Samsung has pledged its full support to this initiative by providing its cutting-edge telecommunications equipment, a range of LCD screens for teaching, use in conferences and displays in public areas, the hotel’s CCTV security system and data network infrastructure for Internet access and other emerging applications.
Samsung is also actively engaged in partnerships with educational institutions – its Hope for Education programme in the United States supports primary and secondary schools with the latest technology through a nation-wide essay competition.
PolyU is building dedicated premises for SHTM, incorporating a teaching hotel, on the site of its former staff quarters Pak Sui Yuen in Tsimshatsui East. The construction project is now in full swing and is expected to be completed by 2010.
About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)
PolyU is a university with a proud and illustrious history. Formerly known as the Hong Kong Polytechnic, the Institution assumed full university status in 1994. The University prides itself on its quality application-oriented academic programmes and research and close ties with business and industry. It is the largest publicly-funded tertiary institution in Hong Kong in terms of number of students, with 26,000 full-time and part-time students, and a vast pool of close to 260,000 graduates.
PolyU’s School of Hotel and Tourism Management is a leading provider of hospitality education in the Asia-Pacific Region. It is ranked fourth among the world’s top hotel and tourism schools based on research and scholarship, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research in 2005. With more than 60 academic staff drawing from 18 countries, the School offers programmes at levels ranging from Higher Diploma to PhD. It is the only training centre in the Education and Training Network in Asia recognized by the World Tourism Organization.
PolyU website: www.polyu.edu.hk