Aquinas spearheads course for hospitality and tourism management

Aquinas as an institution that provides higher education has been in existence for over 50 years. It has a reputation for delivering some of the most recognized courses in English, Agriculture,
Religious studies,etc .Additionally for over 50 years, it has been providing tuition programmes for professional examinations.

Aquinas was one of the pioneer institutions outside national universities, which offered students aspiring to go for higher studies, recognized degrees from Universities such as the University of London.
Today this University has been recognized by the University Grants Commission as a degree awarding institution. Aquinas is now preparing many students for the bachelor's degree programmes. In pursuit of the national effort to develop the HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY to cater to the growing needs of the tourism related sectors Aquinas has joined hands with "The Organisation For Tourism and Hospitality Management" (OTHM) UK, "LONDON COLLLEGE DUBLIN"in IRELAND..

OTHM originating in Britain has been designed to support the Tourism and Hospitality industry through training and educational programmes and a supply of experienced, focused and high quality personnel.
1.By providing a structure of professional and ethical training and personal development.
2.By providing a network and forum to the industry practitioners for mutual benefit.

3.By providing and encouraging ethical practice and standards in all facets of the industry.
OTHM is one of the fastest expanding British professional bodies, with over one hundred and thirty listed training centres and colleges worldwide. The OTHM Head office is based in Wellington, Surrey. Many student.

members have now completed their OTHM professional Higher Diploma and have entered full-time employment or progressed to Postgraduate or Master's Level programmes in UK.
The current portfolio of OTHM allow individuals to commence studies at Introductory Certificate level and proceed to postgraduate Diploma level and specialize in six speacialist OTHM units in addition. In November 2009 OTHM was officially listed as an Awarding Body with the most important ofqual / QCA by the distinguished higher authorities in Britain.

Aquinas University College Hospitality Faculty will commence for the 2nd batch of students, the Level 3 OTHM course leading to the prestigious level 4 & 5 courses in Mid March 2011.FiveStar Hoteliers of National and International repute are already selected by Aquinas University as the Lecturers. Further this is an industry which is very demanding and needs to be upgraded to International standard. Towards this goal, an Advisory Council has been appointed to advise the best practices, comprising some Industry Market Leaders.

The Council members are:
Very Rev.Dr.Placidus De Silva (Rector) - Chairman EX - OFFICIO Hiran Cooray - Chairman Jet Wing Hotels & PATA Intl.
Prema Cooray - Ex Aitken Spence Ltd Chairman, Managing Director CCC Solutions Pvt Ltd
Sarath Fernando - CEO Sri Lankan Catering Pvt Ltd
Jerome Auvity - General Manager Hilton International Colombo
Fr.Raymond Samarakoon - Vice Rector & Course Director ( Secretary EX -OFFICIO)
Milinda Hettiarachchi - International Hotelier, Consultant and Academic Director
When the examinations for the respective Levels are all passed, students will be awarded the OTHM certificate ,the London College of Dublin affiliated certificate and the Aquinas University College Certificate.
We look forward to your joining OTHM. and enjoy your studies and career progression opportunities through the programmes offered at Aquinas University College. Faculty of Hospitality Management.

Please do not hesitate to contact our Academic Director ( T.P.0777-552219) or Course Director
( T.P. 0714-967447)
-Rev.Fr.Raymond Samarakoon,
Vice Rector & Course Director

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