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WTO says UH School of Travel Industry Management one of the "world's best"

University of Hawaiʻi
Krsiti Bates, (808) 956-4885
School of Travel Industry Management
Posted: Nov 30, 2005

The University of Hawaiʻi School of Travel Industry Management is one of only two U.S. institutions (with George Washington University) out of thirteen internationally-recognized tourism education schools included in the World‘s Leading Tourism Programmes directory published by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (WTO).

The directory was prepared as part of the WTO‘s TedQual (Tourism, Education, Quality) certification process.

"Prior to the TedQual program the TIM School at UH Manoa was one of the first University programs recognized by the WTO," said Dean Walter Jamieson, "and, in fact, only 16 institutions internationally were ever recognized in this way.

"We are in distinguished company," he added, "and our students, faculty and alumni worldwide can be very proud of our place among the leading institutions in hospitality and tourism education."

TedQual reviews are administered by an independent committee accredited by the WTO and made up of international tourism industry experts. Institutional programs are judged to adhere to a set of quality standards developed by the WTO — with the ultimate goal to improve the quality of tourism education, training and research.

About the TIM School

Founded in 1966, the School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) possesses a rich history of innovation, growth and change bringing it to its current status as one of the most respected programs worldwide in the field of hospitality, tourism, and transportation management. TIM pioneered the concept of integrating all aspects of the travel industry under a single discipline built on a foundation of management science. The School also draws on a broad range of disciplines to provide high-quality education at the undergraduate and graduate levels to current and future professionals. The School is accredited through 2007 by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA). Current enrollment is 425 undergraduates and 25 graduate students.

The TIM curriculum has an international perspective focusing on global issues affecting and shaping the industry. The visitor industry in Hawaii provides students with opportunities to study applications of theory to practical business situations. TIM's distinctive faculty, the School's extensive facilities and resources and its close relationship to the leading industry in Hawaiʻi, and the international focus of the programs provide students a unique educational environment and experience.