More than 80 first-year students of the Bachelor Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management have attended the initiation and orientation week organized by the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Sant Ignasi (HTSI). Albert Fornells, Vice-Dean of Academics and Investigation, was charged with welcoming the new students to Ramon Llull University and, especially, to the tourism and hotel sector: “you’re beginning a voyage or an adventure that will never end: the adventure of being an excellent professional. In the coming years, you’ll get to know plenty of professionals, you’ll learn new concepts, techniques and strategies, and you’ll forge national and international relationships. Still, after you successfully complete this degree, you’ll have to keep on learning. I’m sure that these things will create an unforgettable experience that you’ll remember always”, he stated.
Together with Fornells, Esther Binklhorst, Director of the Bachelor Program; Gisela Domínguez, First-Year Coordinator for the bilingual group; Itziar Ramírez, Coordinator of the English-language group and José Luis Irriberri, Counsellor, emphasized the importance of education in ensuring humanized growth in tourism and hospitality. “HTSI is a university inspired by humanism, and its mission is to promote teaching, investigation and the spread of knowledge in leadership and management of hospitality and tourism businesses”, declared Fornells. In addition, the welcoming team encouraged students to take advantage of all the tools offered to them by the School to complement their professional training.
Finally, the future tourism professionals were able to get a first-hand look at the experiences of other students of the Bachelor Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management, who noted the possibility of completing work and academic experiences domestically or internationally as a way of experiencing the professional world from day one and improving employability. This is another example of the importance of the culture of hospitality in the tourism sector, one of the most significant motors of the economy on an international scale.
First-year students will begin academic sessions at the same time as other bachelor students of tourism, on Tuesday, September 12. Ramon Llull University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Sant Ignasi (HTSI) is promoted by the Society of Jesus and ESADE, and seeks to convert students into professionals through rigorous academic training and collaboration with prestigious companies from the tourism sector. More and more, the school is taking on an international dimension by welcoming students from foreign universities.
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