AIT Graduate Programs OK'd by the University Council
After six years in the making, the graduate program offerings of AIT have finally been approved by the University Council of UP Diliman during their 141st meeting held on February 20, 2017. The approval would pave way for AIT to offer the Master of Science in Tourism Development and Management (MS TDM) program and the Graduate Diploma in Tourism Development and Management (GDip TDM) program to tourism advocates and practitioners very soon.
The AIT Faculty are in a celebratory mood after a successful presentation before the University Council.
Dean Dela Santa answering audience questions during the University Council meeting
The master's degree program and the graduate diploma are intended to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the complex processes of development and management of a globally competitive tourism industry.
In addition, the research component of these programs will allow for a needed expansion in the body of research on tourism in the Philippines. In its content and delivery, it is envisioned that these programs will be intentionally competitive and will be able to serve the existing and emerging needs of the SEA region. These programs will specifically focus on Philippine and ASEAN issues within the global context and the realities within which we live and do business.
These program offerings are in consistency with AIT's pursuit to be a world-class provider of tourism education, and are an active response to the demand from passionate public and private tourism practitioners, as well as entrepreneurs, for a tourism graduate degree program in the country's premiere University.
The Institute will release more specifics about these degree programs very soon.
AIT Celebrates the Affirmation of Dr. Ediser Dela Santa as the 7th Institute Dean
Last February 8, the AIT community celebrated the affirmation of Dr. Edieser Dela Santa as the seventh Dean of the Institute. It was an afternoon of festive reunion attended by students, faculty, alumni, previous AIT deans and deans from other colleges. Chancellor Michael Tan graced the occasion.
Dean Dela Santa states his pledge of Deanship as officiated by Chancellor Tan.
The AIT Faculty
Aside from the cheery celebration, it was an opportunity for Dean Dela Santa to address to the AIT Community his vision and plans for the Institute, which focuses on the key areas of faculty, facility and academic degree program development, resource generation, and the promotion of academic linkages and extension services. He delivered updates on the status of the AIT master’s degree program development, which the Institute will be able to offer soon. Dean Dela Santa also mentioned positive developments on the renovation of the AIT building facility, which the AIT community wishes to call home again by next year. At the moment, classes are housed in the UP SOLAIR building.
The event was organized by the Diliman Information Office, with the assistance of AIT’s Division of Academic Affairs, headed by Mr. Giovanni Legaspi. It was held at the SOLAIR auditorium.
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Dr. Edieser Dela Santa is UP AIT's New Dean
UP AIT welcomes Assoc. Prof. Edieser Dela Santa as the new Institute Dean.
Prof. Dela Santa was officially appointed by the UP Board of Regents on November 24, 2016. He was the sole nominee for Deanship by the UP and AIT Community.
Prof. Dela Santa has been teaching in the Institute for 16 years, and has had several local and international academic journal publications on tourism policy, his field of specialization. Starting in 2013, he has been a repeat-awardee of the Centennial Professorial Chair Award (given by UP Diliman) and the International Publications Award (awarded by the UP President).
He obtained his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Otago, New Zealand in 2010.
Before becoming Dean, Prof. Dela Santa held several directorial positions in the Institute: as the College Secretary from 2012 to 2016, as the Director of Academic Affairs from 2010 to 2012, and as the Director of Tourism Research and Extension Services from 2004 to 2005.
During the Public Forum on the search for the next AIT Dean held last October 24, Prof. Dela Santa shared his vision of a more competitive UP AIT in the areas of education, research, extension services and human capital development in the Philippines and in the Southeast Asian region. To realize this, he outlined the importance of what would be the focus of his administration-- crafting enabling programs to strengthen the performance of AIT in the following areas: academic degree program development, facility development, resource generation, faculty development, student growth, and the promotion of academic linkages and extension services.
Dean Dela Santa will be serving his term until November 2019.
[ANNOUNCEMENT] from the AIT Library
At the moment, only reserve books and theses are available at the AIT Library (temporarily located in Acacia Residence Hall). Regular Circulation books will soon be available at the Red Cross Office of AIT, but they will be for room-use only.
There is currently no internet connection at the library, so students are requested to have at hand the call number of books that they would like to borrow before visiting. The call number may be acquired at http://ilib.upd.edu.ph/.
Further announcements will be published in this website.
AIT is temporarily moving to the following offices:
Room 7, School of Labor and Industrial Relations (UP SOLAIR)
Office of the Dean
2nd Floor, Philippine Red Cross Bldg., C.P. Garcia Avenue, &
Office of the Institute Secretary
Contact no. 981-8500 loc. 2796
Room 8, School of Labor and Industrial Relations (UP SOLAIR)
Contact no. 981-8500 loc. 2799
Division of Academic Affairs and Division of Tourism Research & Extension Services
2nd Floor, Philippine Red Cross Bldg., C.P. Garcia Avenue
DAA Contact nos. 09159721317
DTRES Contact no. 09159721369
Acacia Residence Hall- Magsaysay Ave. cor. Apacible St.
UP Diliman, Quezon City
Contact no. 09275729570 (Ms. Grace Tabiendo)