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8 AIT STUDENTS GEAR UP FOR CHIANG MAI, THAILAND PRACTICUM

[by Asst. Prof. Paolo Fresnoza and Dr. Ed Dela Santa]

Last week, eight students were selected to do their summer on-the-job training (TOUR 109) through Maejo University in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  For two exciting months, the students will attend lectures on tourism by professors from Maejo University's School of Tourism Development, visit ecotourism sites around Chiang Mai including the Mae Taeng Elephant Park, stay with Thai families, and receive on-the-job training at Furama Hotel, a partner hotel of Maejo University.

As part of their third-year Travel Industry Practices course (TOUR 109), 86 students will be immersed in the industry this summer to gain first-hand experience of the "real world," proceeding college.  Students will be undergo their practicum in various sectors of tourism, which are, hotels, resorts, airlines, travel agencies, events organizations, national tourism organizations, and even non-government organizations with tourism orientations.

Prior to the practicum, all the students were required to attend a pre-practicum seminar with modules on personality development, customer service, business communications, and business ethics. They also attended career orientation talks featuring alumni from the Institute.

The 8 students selected for the practicum are:

  • Wilhelmina Choy Gabriel
  • Jamie Austria
  • Maica Horigue
  • Julien Marie Aberin
  • Lovely Dawn Rumbines
  • Rebecca Arianna Ambil
  • Rozelle Perucho
  • Geia Barrido

Majority of the practicum students this year will be stationed in various tourism establishments and institutions in Metro Manila, while some will be flying to Bohol, Cebu, and other places in the country.

The University of the Philippines through the Asian Institute of Tourism and Maejo University have been partner schools for a number of years already.  This will be the third year of the latter institution to accept AIT students in Thailand for their practicum.

It is expected that there will be more universities within the ASEAN and elsewhere that AIT will be branching out in the later years.  This is part of its effort to extend and strengthen relations to other universities dedicated to tourism education outside the country.

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