With over 12 million visitors arriving in Thailand in 2012 and around seven per cent of the country’s GDP contribution coming from the tourism sector, Thailand opens up a huge opportunity for academic and career pursuits in tourism. A lot of institutes have come up over the past decade, all trying to lap up the ‘Amazing Thailand’ advantage, creating trained manpower needed for the high-growth hospitality & tourism sector.
Dusit Thani College (DTC) in Bangkok has been one of the premier institutes in the country for the training and development of quality manpower required for this sector. The college is promoted by Dusit Thani International, leaders in hospitality in the country with over 20 world-class properties located across different parts of Asia. DTC started its first academic session in June 1993. The college provides bachelors and masters degree programmes in various disciplines related to this sector which are recognised and accredited by the Ministry of University Affairs.
The BBA programmes offered at DTC provide the students with an option to specialise either in the Thai or international markets. Thai programmes are offered in Thai language and prepare the students in areas covering hotel & resort management, culinary arts & kitchen management, tourism management, spa management and MICE & events management. The international programmes in hotel & resort management and culinary arts & restaurant management are offered in association with Ecole Hotelier de Lausanne, Switzerland and Le Cordon Bleu, France respectively. The partnering institutes help DTC in curriculum development, faculty training and international certification.
Dusit Thani College has forged several other international associations with leading hospitality institutions in Asia and abroad for student exchange and academic advancement initiatives. This includes the likes of ASO College Group, Japan; Lyceum of the Philippines University; The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Tsuji Culinary Institute, Japan; University College Birmingham, UK; and William Angliss Institute, Melbourne, Australia.
DTC also offers an MBA in Hotel & Restaurant Management, which is delivered in Thai language.
Veera Pardapattanapanich, current Rector at Dusit Thani College says, “…having the opportunity to make use of the wide expertise of Dusit hotels and resorts, we are dedicated to bringing excellence in education for young talented persons and in training programmes for hospitality industry managers in the Asia Pacific region…” Admission to all the programmes happens twice a year – January and September. Students seeking admission are required to appear for a written exam on English and mathematics. Successful candidates are invited for individual interviews, role-play and group activity before being granted admission. Students having a SAT score of 1000 are exempted from the written tests.
DTC provides multiple opportunities for students to flourish in different extra-curricular activities beyond the classrooms.