MUIC’s THM Celebrates AUN-QA and UNWTO Certifications
The Tourism and Hospitality Management Division (THM) of Mahidol University International College celebrated its most recent twin achievements on April 5, 2019 at Charinyarasami Hall, Aditayathorn Building.
The THM Division kicked off the event with a press conference to formally announce its notable accomplishments: TedQual certification by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and ASEAN University Network Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) accreditation, both achieved in late 2018.
MUIC’s THM program has the distinction to be the first undergraduate international program in Thailand to receive the TedQual certification. On the other hand, it is the only tourism and hospitality management program in Thailand to have been accredited by the AUN-QA.
Some of the distinguished alumni of the THM Division also served as resource persons in the “Alumni Talk – A Life Curriculum Beyond Hospitality” sharing with the audience how they attained their success. They included Ms. Wisa Benjapornchai, an airline pilot; Mr. Christopher Wright, an English teacher and school owner; Mr. Kongwuth Chaiwongkachon, a chef and restaurateur; Ms. Pattamon Mekavarakul, a hotelier; Mr. Anapat Thanakitpathompong, a fashion designer and men’s clothing store owner; and Mr. Sarach Kamolthornthai, an entrepreneur.
The opening ceremony was presided by Assoc. Prof. Sarayut Supapannachart, M.D., Acting Vice President for Administration of Mahidol University. Assoc. Prof. Chulathida Chomchai, MD, MUIC Dean, along with the College’s executives, lecturers, staff, students, and alumni attended the event.
Nowadays, international programmes become very competitive amongst Thailand’s leading educational institutions to prompt students for the globalised market as AEC has been implemented. That being said, one of the renowned universities which provide international curricular is Mahidol University International College (MUIC).
Lately, MUIC’s International Hospitality Management programme has been accredited by TedQual, which is the accreditation of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. The programme is the very first programme in Thailand that receives the accreditation, causing it to become widely accepted. The courses offered vary from Service Quality, Marketing, and Human Resource Management. The purpose of which is to prepare the students to utilise strategic approach to the effective management of people in an organization by learning from the bottom up, so that they have fully understanding about all aspects of each division. Also, basic management courses such as Finance, Statistics, and Economics are provided along with foreign language courses (German, Chinese and Japanese) which is considered one of the programme’s strength. More importantly, the students have opportunity to attend an internship at Salaya Pavillion Hotel to immerse themselves in a four-star hotel environment in 4 departments including:
1. Front Office
2. Food and Beverages
Moreover, MUIC has collaborations with organizations in both national and international levels to offer the students to be equpped with management skills. The curricular is, therefore, purposedly designed by integral basis.
“The Life Curriculum beyond Hospitality”
Upon the reflection of what is offered by MUIC, International Hospitality Management serves as the most vivid image as it is the answer of “Why study here?” Studying in this programme is not only gaining knowledge about mangement, but also learning about life in reality. Many successful MUIC alumni are the testimony to this programme as they have achieved in their careers and made great contributions to the society. Being interviewed about what they have gained from the programme, celebrated MUIC’s International Management alumni all agreed that academic knowledge was not the mere gain, but also life lessons which have shaped them to realise the importance of dream aspiration and giving back to the society. The most important ethic that they uphold is respecting others’ values and differences.
Celebrated MUIC’s International Hospitality Management Alumni
Khun Wisa Benjabhornchai (Hoon): Pilot/ First Officer, NokScoot Airline
Upon her completion of the degree, she aspired to fulfill her dream that she has become the fourth female pilot of NokScoot Airline. “Never underestimate your ability. I have never dreamed about what I have been today, but I always asked myself what I wanted to be, and figured out the answer. Whenever obstacles came on my way, I reminded myself to be persistent, never give up and try the best I could.”
Khun Kongwut Chaiwongkajorn: Chef and Owner, Locus Native Food Lab
Food creator under the concept “difficulty is simplicity”
Kongwut’s dream as a chef became vivid after he graduated from MUIC. Recently, he is the onwer and chef of Locus Native Food Lab, Chiang Rai. His ultimate goal in his food creation is to raise the values of local ingredients of Chiang Rai. By this, it is not only about ingredients or procedures, but the local wisdom that he intends to preserve. His simple way of life in Chiang Rai made his purpose of life more manifested with the saying “If nature nurtures me, I must nurture her in return.” The saying is his life’s turning point, leading him to the only purpose of living: self dedication for the welfare of the society.
Khun Pattamon Mekavarakul (Beau): Managing Director, Instill Agency and Vice President, Cape Dara Resort Pattaya
The best point is my starting point. For her, balancing two jobs does not seem to be a difficulty for her since both jobs are what she loves.
Upon her degree completion from MUIC, she pursued a Master degree in Marketing & Communication and Advertising and Design in England. She then has taken a responsiblity of her family business as an executive of the hotel with her determinatioin to buiding a well-known hotel branding. She also established an advertising and PR agency to provide full services of exceptional PR and branding strategic plans.
Khun Saruch Kamoltai (Flash): Marketing Director, Sarach Marketing Ltd.
After recieving a degree form MUIC, Saruch, who has grown up with a bond with tamarind, his homeland’s domestic plant, started his business about processed products of Tamarind. The products have been well-accepted globally, resulting in more than hundred million per year. This success also brought about the better welfare of the local people.
Khun Christopher Right: Owner of Chris English School, actor and English Delivery’s presenter
Christopher Right has raised an awareness of the importance of English teaching.
He earned a living by starting with other jobs before becoming a full-time English tutor and gained popularity in no time with his fun but useful techniques. Despite a humble start, he always believed that success would be achieved eventually.
Khun Orapat Thanakitpathompong: Designer and brand owner, P.MITH
Khun Orapat started a men fashion brand to promote the trendy style of men outfits, and her business reached its peak with her passion and meticulosity. P.MITH becomes successful in fashion industry and took part in the Bangkok Fashion Week Project under the concept “Boy of Bangkok” which has been witnessed on the international runway.