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Institute for Tourism Studies

Institute of Tourist Education

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The Institute For Tourism Studies (IFT), the first WTO-Themis TedQual certified institution in tourism education, is the only public institution in Macau entirely devoted to education and training for the tourism and hospitality industries.

The mission of IFT, which aim to gain worldwide recognition as a destination for tourism and hospitality studies with European flavour - a higher educational institute which not only benefits Macau, but the region, by developing students' professional and technical competence in preparation for leadership responsibilities in tourism and hospitality-related enterprises, can be characterized by three principles:

1. Identity - allowing it to specialize in the area of tourism and hospitality;
2. Integration - allowing it to pursue the consolidation of the academic and vocational objectives of tourism and hospitality education.
3. Internationalisation - allowing it to seek mutually beneficial relationships with similar institutions abroad, promoting faculty and student exchanges.

IFT offers :
  • Degree Programme
  • Professional and Continuing Education Programmes
  • Special Programmes

    In 1997, IFT was selected as a "Training The Trainers Centre" by the Network of Asia-Pacific Education and Training Institutes in Tourism (APETIT), a body promoted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). In the same year, IFT was presented with the Gold Award for Education and Training by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). This recognized the achievement in the field of education which signified initiative, self-reliance, and commitment; bringing acclaim to the best the region's travel industry has to offer.

    In 1999, in joint co-ordination with the European Union, IFT established the Macau Europe Centre for Advanced Tourism Studies (ME-CATS). By incorporating modern European theories into Asia-Pacific perspectives, ME-CATS aims at begin the region's leading center of advanced education and training in the areas of tourism and hospitality, promoting inter-regional exchange of experiences, knowledge and views with European institutions. ME-CATS focus on three areas: (i) research; (ii) education and training; and (iii) information and documentation.

    In 2000, WTO-Themis TedQual certification was granted to IFT as recognition of its global standards of quality education and training in tourism. This will facilitate coordination in achieving efficient quality tourism education, giving an image of professionalism and service to employers in the public and private sectors. IFT has been an Affiliate Member of the WTO since 1997n and was one of the first centers to request the WTO-Themis TedQual Certification allowing it to become a GTAT examining center to teach the standardized GTAT courses.

    Training-Units

    The Educational Hotel, Pousada de Mong-Há
    20 guest rooms (4 suites, 8 deluxe and 8 superior)

    The Educational Restaurant, IFT Educational Restaurant
    Opening Hours: (Closed on Public Holidays)
    Lunch: 12:30p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Mondays - Fridays)
    Macanese Buffet Dinner: 7:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. (Fridays only)
    Tel : (853) 8598 3077/ 3076

    Tourism College of Macau
  • Bachelor Degree in Tourism Business Management
  • Higher Diploma ("Bacharelato") in Hotel Management
  • Higher Diploma ("Bacharelato") in Tourism

    Professional and Continuning Education School (PACES)

    Fields of study
  • Travel
  • Hospitality and catering
  • Management
  • Customer service development
  • Language and communications
  • Special courses