School of Hospitality & Tourism Studies
The tourism industry continues to play an important role in Fiji’s economic development, contributing significantly to income and employment generation both directly and indirectly. The projected growth in Fiji’s hospitality and tourism industry has created many career opportunities in this service sector. Fiji is also blessed in its location as the hub of the Pacific region, and therefore invests a great deal towards the promotion of tourism. The industry has now reached a point where the nature and quality of its human resources play a critical role in its success.
The quality of service in all areas of the industry has a direct impact on the earning power of the industry and to employees, and in turn assures continuous increase in tourist arrival figures. The School offers TVET Stream programmes of study leading to a Trade Diploma in Hotel Management, and also offers hands on training relating to these areas. Graduates are educated and trained to take up positions in all areas of the tourism industry.
The Cookery programme is designed to fill the growing need for trained personnel to prepare food in varied and attractive ways and to conserve and handle supplies so that food outlets operate at a reasonable profit. At all times, students observe the importance of cleanliness, sanitation and good public relations. The Bakery programme is designed to train personnel to enter an essential branch of the food industry. Students learn present day nutritive and dietary values, finished products and an introduction to purchasing, handling and storing ingredients and supplies. Students observe and learn appropriate sanitation practices, good personal hygiene and public relations. Initially the programme acquaints students with the basic principles of baking and learning to operate tools and equipment. As the programme progresses, students acquire commercial quality and production skills.
The food service industry is a complex one; it may involve catering to the discriminating tastes of the elite in luxurious establishments or it may involve serving large numbers of patrons in cafeterias and institutional settings. Success in this industry depends on rigid health practices, efficiency, competency and a positive attitude.
The accommodation department in the hospitality industry is known as the heart of hospitality operations. The accommodation programme is designed to train and equip students with the basic skills required of operational staff in the areas of the front office and housekeeping. Students go out into the industry for weekly practical exposure, gaining first-hand experience in the current practices of the industry. Students are taught the importance of standardised services rendered to customers, good interdepartmental communication skills, the flow of guests cycle and controlling inventory, to name a few.
The on-the-job training package arranged with hotels and other hospitality operators prepares students in advance for real life work situations in the industry. Prospective students are encouraged to research the nature and scope of various jobs associated with their employment in the hospitality and tourism industry.
We wish you all the best in your new found venture and career in the hospitality and tourism industry.
TPAF has been amalgamated with FIT to become the Fiji national University in 2010.
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