Following the successful launch of the new Executive Masters in Hospitality and Tourism Leadership at Strathclyde Business School (SBS) last year, two scholarship places are being made available for the 2013 intake. Candidates from leading hoteliers Hilton, Intercontinental Hotel Group and Swissotel have already signed up with more expected before the end of the year.
The two-year part time Executive Masters delivered in partnership with the International Leadership School (ILS) harnesses the experience of three international academic institutions; Strathclyde Business School in Glasgow, Cornell University in New York and École hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland. Together the combined institutions have more than 250 years’ of collective experience in delivering strategic executive education to the international hospitality and tourism industries.
To mark the second intake of candidates for the Masters programme, two scholarships worth up to £6,000 each are being made available for those looking to enroll in January 2013. The Executive Masters is designed to broaden the perspective of candidates looking to further their careers. The structure of the programme provides access to industry leaders and develops the skill-set of successful managers to support their transition into high performing senior leaders.
Tom Healy, Senior Vice President of Asset Management, Strategic Hotels & Resorts is part of the inaugural cohort. He said the programme had been influential in securing a recent promotion:
“Stepping into a learning environment, away from the day-to-day routine, has given me a new perspective. Developing ideas with the other participants and the academics is immensely useful and many of the ideas formulated in the classroom have made it back to the office. On a daily basis I use what I’ve learned in emails, conversations and in developing strategy for the future of Strategic Hotels and Resorts.”
Angela Vickers, Managing Director at Apex Hotels said the course was helping to change the face of her business:
“The Executive Masters has directly influenced our strategy for the years ahead allowing Apex, as an independent hotel chain, to hold its own and compete with the major hotel brands. Studying with fellow hospitality professionals from around the world has given me a real opportunity to network, share experiences and gain international knowledge. Coming back to the classroom after such a long time away has been quite demanding at times but fellow participants and academics have always been on hand to offer support.”
Professor Alan Wilson, Academic Director, from Strathclyde Business School said:
“The first year has been extremely well received – we attracted a strong international presence in 2012 and have already secured the interest of three major hotel groups for the intake of 2013. The introduction of our scholarships is a welcome addition and something that should make this course even more appealing to businesses looking to invest in developing their staff for future leadership roles.”
What is the Executive Masters in Hospitality and Tourism Leadership?
Aimed at senior level managers already working in the hospitality and tourism sector, or senior managers from a service industry background looking to move into this rapidly expanding market-place, the Executive Masters in Hospitality and Tourism Leadership will ensure that participants study alongside equally impressive colleagues when they attend modules in Glasgow, Lausanne and New York.
This powerful networking opportunity is indicative of the programme’s collaborative learning approach, where participants share work experience, knowledge, understanding and skills with each other, as well as the latest management thinking from the programme’s faculty team.
Over the course of two years, participants will undertake a total of twelve intensive modules, studying with like-minded executives in the UK, the United States and Switzerland. The first six modules are delivered at the Strathclyde Business School’s city centre campus in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland. The subsequent six modules are delivered at the Strathclyde Business School and on the campuses of Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York, and Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) in Switzerland.