IFT students help local restaurant to develop new menu

Dr. Fernando Lourenço and the owner of Le Bistro Marcellinho took a photo with the students

Students taking the Entrepreneurship course at Institute for Tourism Studies(IFT), led by Dr. Fernando Lourenço, assisted Le Bistro Marcellinho, a Macao’s local restaurant located in Taipa, to develop a new take-away menu for the restaurant.

Dr. Lourenço led the participating students to visit the local entrepreneur at their restaurant and get to know their business, as well as discuss the new business opportunity and demands. Considering the fact that a number of students and people studying and working in that neighborhood, the addition of the take-away menu would provide another option for them and general public to choose from during their lunch break. Through participating in this project, the students are able to apply the theory and knowledge they have learned from the course into real-world situations.

Established in 1995, the Institute for Tourism Studies, Macao (IFT) offers the most extensive selection of tourism and hospitality related bachelor degree programmes in Macao, and about twenty thousand participants attend its vocational and professional training courses annually. IFT collaborates with 101 universities and tourism organisations around the world, and builds strong links with 500 leading tourism and hospitality corporations to offer internship opportunities to its students. Being the first institution accredited by the UNWTO.TedQual Certification System for tourism education, IFT has now 8 bachelor degree programmes with the Certification. Currently, the Institute has the most number of bachelor degree programmes certified under the System of any tertiary education establishment worldwide. In 2017, IFT received a successful International Quality Review(IQR) from the UK's Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), making IFT to become the world’s first higher education institution to receive this international recognition. Besides, IFT was ranked by the “QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017” as the 2ndbest higher education institution in Asia in the field of hospitality and leisure management and the 18th best higher education institution in this field in the world. In addition, IFT has received the Medal of Merit in Tourism from the Macao SAR Government, and won twice the Gold Award in ‘Education and Training’ from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).

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