INTRODUCTION
INTRODUCTION

Introduction to the Department of Leisure Industry Management of National Chin-Yi University of Technology

 

 

I. The Length of Schooling

 

The University officially established the Department of Leisure Sports Management in 2004 and was renamed as the “Department of Leisure Industry Management” on August 1, 2008. The Department has two core modules, i.e. Tourism and Catering Management and Leisure Sports Management. It has three programs which include the four-year vocational training during the daytime, the four-year vocational training during the night time (continuing education), and the four-year specialized vocational training (the flagship plan for its dual training system). These programs recruit senior high school graduates who majored in Business Management, Tourism and Catering, and English. Since 2016, the university’s Project Management and Research Institute have merged into the Department, and hence the Master’s Program of Project Management for the Department of Leisure Industry Management came into being. The program began enrolling students in 2016.

 

II. The Goal

2.1 To equip students with humanistic quality and social concerns

The curriculum framework has been made in line with the purpose of equipping the students with a humanistic spirit. The curricula of Labor and Social Service Education and Community Service and Practice aim to lead students to experience the act of giving back to society by providing community service.

2.2 To equip students with international perspectives and professional skills

The students will be equipped with international perspectives, and professional abilities and competitiveness by taking relevant courses according to their individual career aspirations.

2.3 To equip students with an awareness of good service attitudes and professionalism

Students will have a deep-seated sense of workplace ethics and teamwork, and develop a positive professional personality.

2.4 To equip students with excellent communication and leadership skills

With the intention of cultivating outstanding leisure industry talents, students will be guided to strengthen their expression, foreign language abilities, and their leadership skills based on their solid foundation of basic knowledge and professional skills.

2.5 To enhance students’ experience of leisure industry project management

Students will be equipped with professional knowledge and skills in the leisure industry project management, and the abilities to utilize them.

 

III. The characteristics

3.1 Strengthening students’ awareness of the metropolitan and green leisure industry

3.2 The spirit of “practicing while learning and learning while practicing”

3.3 The implementation of and counseling for students’ off-campus internship

3.4 Enhancing the effectiveness of students’ overseas internships

3.5 Encouraging students to obtain professional licenses through the provision of counseling to students by the University

3.6 Employment counseling model of “integration of education and production”

3.7 Introducing project management into the leisure industry management

 

IV. Current faculty and expertise

There are eight full-time teachers in the Department, five of which are professors and three are associate professors. Also, there are 18 part-time teachers from other departments of the University and other schools. Their expertise includes the management of Tourism, Catering, Sports, Projects, etc. Hence, they are able to provide students with diversified professional knowledge and experience.

 

V. Existing equipment

The Department strives to improve the planning and construction of teaching equipment to facilitate the cultivation of students’ professional skills which will be needed for their future employment. This is also to assist teachers in teaching and research. Currently, there are two teaching classrooms, six specialized classrooms, one conference hall, one computer classroom, and eight research rooms. The six specialized classrooms are composed of (1) a seminar room for industry-university cooperation and specialized research, (2) a leisure and tourism information service classroom, (3) a room that serves as an intern travel agency, (4) a specialized classroom for leisure health promotion, (5) a specialized classroom for the practice of catering and bartending services, and (6) an E2 Café (a café that provides internships for students).

 

VI. Future prospects

6.1 The University will enhance the development and characteristics of Taiwan’s leisure industry regarding ecological tourism and leisure farms, resorts, homestays, recreation areas, and outdoor recreation. It will also combine industrial, governmental, and academic resources to help students understand the current situation and development trends of the industry.

6.2 The University will establish sister school partnerships with prestigious international universities and exchange programs for the benefit of both teachers and students and promote international academic exchanges.

6.3 The University will offer courses on project management, team leading and tour guidance, and exhibitions to aid in encouraging the students to obtain leisure professional licenses, which will enable them to meet the needs of the industry.

6.4 The University will provide counseling for the students who are to take the exams to compete for the positions of national parks, scenic areas, etc.

6.5 The University will strengthen the talent training of “community leisure tourism service” and organize tourism teaching and learning activities.

6.6 The University will strive to apply to government agencies and the National Science Council to enhance the competitiveness of domestic tourism for research projects.

6.7 The University will establish a “Leisure Industry Management Counseling Center” to improve the quality of leisure travel for Taiwanese.

6.8 The University will comply with the international trend of Internet integration technology and strive to promote the performance of E-Management in the leisure industry.

6.9 The University will improve the benefits of the students who engage in off-campus internships overseas.