UL to produce “world-class” hoteliers

Posted on 2nd of Dec 2014 by

DAGUPAN CITY – The University of Luzon (UL) will produce “world-class” hoteliers in view of the steadily-lucrative growth of the hospitality industry in the global market.

This was disclosed by Dr. Mac Arthur M. Samson, Sr., UL president, during a recent meeting with Dr. Amalia G. Dela Cruz and Professors Donna Mangada and Danica Paragas.

“I want our Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) and Tourism students to become the world’s best performing hoteliers because I believe our school can deliver,” Samson pointed out.

A doctor in business administration, Dela Cruz is the dean of Business Administration and HRM-Tourism department, while Paragas, who holds a masters degree in Business Administration major in Organizational Development, serves as her On-the-Job training coordinator.

Mangada, who is also an MBA degree holder, is the school’s HRM-Tourism program head.

Samson said that “with our team of global thinkers, our university can build a lasting legacy by providing more opportunities and modern equipment, and by infusing new ideas through modern approach with a much lesser cost for students.”

He likewise said that the school, being the only autonomous university in Region I, can rightfully boast of its recently renovated commercial and demo kitchen laboratory, freshly enhanced hotel facilities and is expected to amaze the “dreamers” with the  construction of a bar and restaurant, which will be completed in December this year.

“This just the beginning,” Samson added.


Thailand externship


On November 22, this year, the UL deployed 18 eligible OJT individuals (13 tourism, 5 HRM students) through a “Thailand Externship”, a six (6)-month International Practicum Training Program (IPTP) of Five (5) Five Star hotels in Phuket, Thailand namely: Panwa Beach Resort, Cape Panwa Hotel, Casa Flora Hotel, La Flora Beach Resort and Kantary Beach Resort, Khaolak.

This January 24, twenty (20) students were also scheduled to be deployed at Phi Phi Island, Beach Republic, Zeavola, Boathouse and Wine Connection, also based in Thailand.

The externship program is made possible through an agreement between the Independent Consultant Agreement (ICA) represented by Dr. Adalbert Alcaide, consultant, and Dr. MacArthur M. Samson, UL president, and Dr. Aurora Samson-Reyna, UL vice president last September 30, 2013.

Under the agreement, the interns are given decent and habitable dormitories with the following features: accessible to workplace; reliable internet connection, comfortable bedrooms that provide privacy to the student; separate dormitory for male and female; adequate supply of water and electricity and locker that is secured or safety deposit box.

It also covers: work permit; visa application fee (reimbursable upon arrival in Thailand); free transportation service from workplace to dorm/hostel or vice versa and free airfare tickets (Manila-Thailand-Manila).

Death, accident, hospitalization and dismemberment insurance coverage; repatriation cost in case of death or a free return ticket if the intern is physically incapacitated are also provided in the agreement.


Go the extra mile


Banking on the “strong foundation” built by the school’s founding fathers, Samson-Reyna manages to burn the candle at both ends, and is determined to go the extra mile to meet the 21st century challenges of her school’s HRM-Tourism department, which started a decade ago.

“Hospitality is a multi-billion industry, that’s why we have a lot of work to do for our students,” she explained.

Dela Cruz, on her part, said that the success of the school depends upon the success of its students, adding that the UL already established a long trail of success stories since its founding in 1948.

“The first externship program was five years ago, and that was in Singapore. Since then, we’ve been formulating ways on how to boost our performance,” she said while acknowledging the love, dedication and support of the administration and her co-workers to the students’ pursuit of excellence.