On the morning of June 10, 2020, the "Gingko College of Hospitality Management and Prince of Songkla University Joint MBA Program in Hospitality and Tourism" forum was successfully held jointly by Gingko College and the Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism of the Prince of Songkla University on Tencent's online meeting platform. This online teach-in attracted participation of students and parents from Gingko College's departments of Hotel Management, Tourism Management, Business Administration, Financial Management and Information Engineering Management. The event was hosted by Gingko College Vice President Dr. Fu Jing, and featured Dr. Pornprsanu Promsivapallop and Dr. Chayanon Phucharoen, respectively the Dean and Deputy Dean of Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism (FHT) of the Prince of Songkla University (PSU) as keynote speakers.
The teach-in commenced with a brief introduction from Vice President Dr. Fu Jing about the signing of the university-level Memorandum of Understanding and school-level Memorandum of Agreement at the PSU Phuket Campus last year.
The commencement of the MBA in Hospitality and Tourism between the two schools in 2020 is Gingko's first ever postgraduate program carried out in partnership with a foreign institution of higher education. Faculties from both China and Thailand will work together on collaborative teaching and research, making full use of information technology and the combination of online and offline teaching modes to train international and application-oriented research talents in the field of hospitality and tourism management for the Sichuan-ASEAN region.
Next, Dr. Pornprsanu Promsivapallop, the Dean of FHT, PSU, proceeded with a presentation on the PSU Phuket Campus and FHT. He emphasized the unique strengths for tourism and hospitality education and research inherent in the geographical advantages of both Sichuan and Phuket and expressed great confidence in jointly fostering excellence in this field. Deputy Dean Dr. Chayanon Phucharoen then provided a detailed overview of the features of the MBA program to the attendances including the internationalized course structure, strong faculty background and frequent regional and industry supports.
The cooperation between Gingko and PSU is another new exploration for Gingko to collaborate with reputable foreign universities in the field of hospitality and tourism, opening a new chapter in joint training endeavors. Furthermore, the partnership demonstrates Gingko’s objective and determination in internationalized schooling that answers to the call of the state's Belt and Road development strategy.