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HAU's SHTM achieves ACPHA accreditation

Holy Angel University's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SHTM) has been successfully granted accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA) for the full period of seven years. Based in Maryland, USA, ACPHA is the accrediting body for undergraduate hospitality and tourism management programs sponsored by the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education, a not-for-profit association of hospitality, tourism and business professionals.

This higher educational institution (HEI) in Angeles City, Pampanga is the first and only HEI in the Philippines -- and the first comprehensive, master's degree-granting university in Southeast Asia -- to have achieved ACPHA accreditation.

"International accreditation, such as ACPHA, assures that the program offerings of HAU's SHTM are not only nationally competitive, but are also comparable and at par with international standards," says SHTM's Program Chair Tyron W. Yap.

He continues, "This assures students and future employers that SHTM graduates are equipped with the skills and competencies essential in the hospitality and tourism industry. With this international accreditation, students need not go to Metro Manila or abroad for high quality hospitality and tourism education."

Committed to HAU's strategic objective of academic quality and organizational excellence, the SHTM has always been persistent in its pursuance to accreditation, whether national or international.

According to ACPHA, accreditation is a status granted to an educational institution or a program that has been found to meet or exceed stated standards of educational quality. Before HAU's accreditation, ACPHA had accredited only four hospitality and tourism management schools outside of the United States.

Remarks SHTM Dean Gertrude P. Tuazon, "Accreditation assures the SHTM stakeholders that offering programs in hospitality and tourism is of quality. Students are assured of their program learning outcomes through seamless integration with all of their courses. Faculty members are both academically and professionally qualifications maintained through faculty development plans. There is an active collaboration with industry partners composed of private, government and professional organizations through the Program Advisory Council for the enhancement of the program offerings."

The granting of the accreditation for seven full years from the prestigious ACPHA was made possible through the untiring efforts of the HAU community, its university president Dr. Luis Maria R. Calingo, the Board of Trustees, the faculty members and management staff, students, industry partners, government agencies (mainly TESDA and CHED), the Program Advisory Council, and the ACPHA Steering Committee.

"Rest assured that the school will not rest on its laurel. Through accreditation, there will be continuous improvement of the program offerings, discipline-based researches and sustainable community extension programs. We will ensure the highest educational and ethical standards of professional education and enhance the understanding of the hospitality and tourism field," says Dean Tuazon.

The success of the ACPHA accreditation for seven years, which is designed to be continuous through reaccreditation, is for HAU students.

HAU's SHTM graduates will receive a personalized "certified hospitality graduate" certificate from ACPHA. This will facilitate its graduates' progress to higher studies at universities around the world and essentially improve their employability in the highly competitive hospitality and tourism industry.

"We are thus committed to the accreditation of our degree programs to world-class standards, and we are pleased to be the first hospitality and tourism management program in the Philippines to have received the prestigious ACPHA accreditation," concludes HAU President Dr. Luis Maria R. Calingo.

Date Posted: 08-01-2018