AIT faculty, staff meet with AIT alum Senator Nancy Binay
Last March 13, Senator Nancy Binay and her staff welcomed members of the AIT faculty and staff in the Philippine Senate for a courtesy call and a tour of the Senate premises. Senator Nancy Binay is a proud alumna of UP AIT batch 1996.
At the Senate Session Hall
Senate Deputy Secretary for Administrative and Financial Services and also an AIT alum, Atty. Arnel Banas facilitating the tour in the Senate Museum
Senator Binay is the current Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Social Justice, Welfare and Rural Development, which has jurisdiction on all maters related to rural development and welfare as well as the implementation of provisions of the Constitution on social justice. She has initiated projects that cater to children with rare diseases and afflictions.
UP Diliman and Shinhan University sign MOU
On February 28, the University of the Philippines Diliman and Shinhan University in South Korea have signed a Memorandum of Agreement, strengthening their ties. Shinhan University's Dr. Shin Kyung-Whan and Ms. Park met with UP Diliman Chancellor Dr. Michael Tan, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Benito Pacheco, UP Diliman Office of Institutional Linkages Dr. Grace Ramos, UP AIT Dean Dr. Ediser Dela Santa, and some AIT faculty members during the signing.
From upper left, clockwise: Asst. Prof. Reil Cruz, Ms. Rielle Alcantara, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Benny Pacheco, Asst. Prof. Gladys Nocon, Office of Institute Linkages Head Dr. Grace Ramos, Mr. Giovanni Legaspi, AIT Dean Dr. Ediser Dela Santa, Chancellor Michael Tan, Shinhan University's Dr. Shin Kyung-Whan and Ms. Park.
The partnership is expected to bring forth plenty of opportunities for student and faculty international exchanges, as well as research and extension program collaborations between the two Universities, not only in the field of tourism but also in other disciplines of shared specialization. Shinhan U is the 40th partner university of UP Diliman in South Korea.
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.
Prof. Lee Jung Kyu of Shinhan University Gives Lecture on Korea Outbound Tourism
Last February 17, 2017, Prof. Lee Jung Kyu of Shinhan University, Korea gave a lecture on Korea Outbound Tourism to the students of AIT. Professor Lee is currently a professor in Department of Global Tourism Management of Shinhan University, and a PhD in Tourism Management. The room was fully filled with AIT students and some faculty members including the AIT Dean Edieser Dela Santa, and former dean Dr. Miguela Mena, Prof. Reil Cruz, among others. The event was hosted by AIT students, Joy Aninang and Ralph Abes.
Prof. Lee delivering his lecture in a packed room.
Dr. Lee and the faculty share a light moment as he receives his certificate of appreciation.
Prof. Lee with AIT students
Prof. Lee with AIT faculty and staff
Professor Lee discussed about the history of outbound tourism, the outbound tourism trends, policies on outbound tourism, and inbound tourism in Korea. Some points he emphasized were the full liberalization of overseas travel in 1989, main pull factors of outbound tourism which are low cost and experience of new culture, automatic immigration system for Korean passport holders which started at 2008, and color-coded travel warning system. After the lecture, there was an open forum part for the faculties and students to ask Prof. Lee for their questions, and then they had a photo time. The lecture took place in Room 10 of SOLAIR Building, UP Diliman.
AIT Celebrates the Affirmation of Dr. Edieser 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.
Dr. Dela Santa Presents in Tourism Policy and Research Workshop in Tokyo, Japan
AIT Dean Dr. Edieser Dela Santa was the main speaker during the Workshop on Tourism Policy and Tourism Research in the Philippines held on January 27, 2017 at the Japan Travel Bureau Foundation.
Dr. Dela Santa talked about the various academic perspectives and key conditions that influence Philippine tourism policy outcomes. He provided an overview of Philippine tourism industry performance and discussed the evolution of tourism policy from a learning perspective. He also talked about the challenges in tourism policy implementation, with emphasis on the resiliency of features of Philippine traditional society, including strength of solidarities and the need for stakeholder participation.
The event was attended by tourism academics from universities in Japan and researchers from the JTB Foundation.
[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)