The Tourism School of Ningbo City of Vocational Technology, formerly the Tourism Department of Vocational Education Faculty of Ningbo University, was founded in 1993. Being the only Tourism ＆ MICE professional secondary school in Ningbo’s colleges and universities, and also the chair unit of Tourism ＆ MICE Applied Talents Training Base of Ningbo, it enjoys a good reputation in the tourism industry in Zhejiang Province.
Our school consists of two departments, Tourism Management Department and MICE and Hotel Management Department, offering four diploma programs for over 1200 full time students: Tourism Management, Hotel Management, Guiding, Exhibition Planning and Management, and one undergraduate program: Tourism Management and Service. In our school there are 28 staff, of which 6 are associate professors or above, 16 are masters or above, and 21 are double-qualificationed teachers (teachers who have had one travel and MICE industry qualification certificate or Tourism and MICE industry experience).
Our school focuses on training the first-class professional and practical personnel and management personnel in tourism and MICE industry who are to possess both ability and political integrity. Based on the “Platform + Module”, we has reformed our patterns of personal training bravely by combining production, studying and researching. After years of reform and innovation, our school has established cooperative relationship with some local famous companies and opened some characteristic classes, such as “Jinyuan Tourism Group Class”, “Kaiyuan Hotel Class”, “Song Dynasty Town Tourism Group Class” and “Zhelun Foreign Travel Agency Class”. We have also formed some special training modes, such as “2+1 Mode”, “Order Mode”, “Internship Mode”, “Bi-tutorial System” and so on. In order to improve students’ professional ability before being employed and working capability, our school set up Flying Tourism Group in 2009.
We have built some practice bases now, the Restaurant and Pub Training Room, the Ante Hall and Guestroom Training Room, the Guide Imitation Training Room, the Simulation Travel Agency, the Tea Bar, the Coffee Bar and some other practice bases. In 2009, our teaching practice bases was awarded the Qualified Training and Practice Base by Education Department Zhejiang Province. What’s more, we have established more than 20 training and practice bases out of the school by cooperating with many famous companies such as Ningbo Marriot Hotel, Song Dynasty Town Tourism Group in Hangzhou, Ningbo International Exhibition Centre, Zhejiang Feiyang Travel Agency etc.
Our school carries out training of professional qualification authentication positively. We have set up the Training Spot of National Tour Guide Qualification, Commercial Skill Training Center of the National State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, as well as Human Recourse Development Bases of Kaiyuan Tourism Group, Jinyuan Tourism Company, and etc.
With the expansion of education scale and the optimization of the educational recourses, our school’s social influence is remarkably enhanced. By now, one of our teachers has been assigned as member of Higher Vocational Tourism Teaching Direction Committee of Zhejiang Province. The school has one provincial level major, one municipal key discipline, and one municipal level key major. Besides 10 municipal and college level courses or project-oriented courses, we are proud to have one excellent provincial level course. In addition, our school ever won the second prize of Provincial Teaching Achievement Award and the first prize of Teaching Achievement Prize of Ningbo City respectively in recent years.
To adapt systematical reform of the country’s higher vocational education and the new HR trend of fast developing tourism, our school insists in reform and innovation, focusing on teaching quality, exploring employment-oriented and professional ability-oriented training mode, called “Two-certificate Training Mode”. Along with the development of the school size and staff quality, the school’s higher tourism vocational education has entered a brand-new stage of rapid development.