Article by the Institute for Tourism Studies (ITS)
With a vision of shaping
excellence and innovation in
tourism, through teaching,
learning, quality research,
advice and realisation of
innovative business concepts,
the Institute of Tourism
Studies is the first educational
institute of choice for anyone
who wishes to pursue a career
in tourism and hospitality.
Having two campuses, one in Malta and another
one in the sister island of Gozo, the Institute
offers a broad selection of study programmes
ranging from Foundation (MQF Level 2) to
Masters Degree (MQF Level 7). This array of
courses is available for individuals looking to start a career
within the Hospitality Industry as well as others who would
like to take a leap in their career and further their knowledge
by enhancing their abilities.
A wide array of study streams are available including
Culinary Arts, Rooms Division, Events, Climate Friendly
Travel, International Hospitality Management, Diving Safety
Management, Tourist Guiding, Travel & Tourism, Heritage
Interpretation, MBA and Food & Beverage Service.
Starting scholastic year 2022-2023, ITS have included in
its course’s portfolio, two new courses; a Higher National
Diploma in Sommellerie and Master Chef Higher Diploma.
These courses are targeted at individuals who are already
established in the industry and would like to further their
knowledge and skills. In fact, these courses were directly
requested by stakeholders in the industry. The two-year
Master Chef Higher Diploma programme is aimed at those
individuals who have been working within the industry and
would like to further their expertise and gain certification.
The part-time Higher National Diploma in Sommellerie is
suitable for individuals who wish to become experts in the
field of wines. Both courses can lead to a Bachelor’s or
Master’s degree. The Master Chef Higher Diploma leads to
the 2nd year of the Bachelor in Culinary Arts. What’s even
more exciting is that this degree is offered in collaboration
with the renowned Institut Paul Bocuse in France. But that’s
not all! Students also have the opportunity to study for one
semester in France.
In 2018, ITS signed an academic affiliation with the Emirates
Academy of Hospitality Management (EAHM) ranked globally
as one of the top ten education institutions in the field
of Tourism and Hospitality Management. The Master
in Business Administration in International Hospitality
Management was launched as part of this affiliation.
Targeted at individuals already working in the industry,
this Master programme has proved very popular and is
attracting students from various disciplines in tourism and
hospitality with the second student cohort graduating in
December 2022. The programme is very flexible, offered on
part-time basis via blended and flexi learning over one and
a half years.
Throughout the years, ITS has always worked hard and
strived toward its vision to train people for tomorrow’s
international tourism industry. The Institute is constantly
working on fostering great relationships with various top
international Universities and Institutions.
Another recently launched programme, receiving great
interest is the Bachelor of Science in Diving Safety
Management, offered both on part-time and full-time
basis. This programme is the first of its kind worldwide and
offered in collaboration with DAN Europe. The goal of this
programme is to train professionals for the development
and sustainability of the Diving Industry in Malta and
internationally. Also being the first programme of its kind
internationally is the Diploma in Climate Friendly Travel,
offered in collaboration with SUNx Malta and available
exclusively online. This study programme trains students to
support companies within the travel and transport industry
in becoming more sustainable and carbon neutral, while
responding to the existing climate crisis.
The Institute of Tourism Studies prides itself on offering
students both theoretical knowledge and extensive
hands-on experience throughout their study programmes.
This is provided through the ITS training restaurants,
kitchens and hospitality laboratories. As part of their study
programme, the students also have the opportunity to
gain further training through the Local Industrial Trade
Practice and International Internship. With these internships,
students can obtain a more comprehensive experience and
develop skills to meet diverse international standards. The
education provided in the classrooms together with the
hands-on experience leads to a high employability rate,
with the students finding employment before graduating.
View the full list of programmes
offered, including full-time,
part-time and bespoke courses
on the ITS website, its.edu.mt.
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