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Frostburg State University Partners With University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Vanung University in Taiwan for Hospitality Management Program
07/23/2015

Frostburg State University Partners With University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Vanung University in Taiwan for Hospitality Management Program
Students in Frostburg State University’s collaborative hospitality management concentration will have the opportunity to study a semester in Taiwan at Vanung University, where its teaching hotel and demonstration kitchens, like the one shown, offer a global perspective in the industry.

Frostburg State University students will have a unique immersive international opportunity in hospitality management thanks to a new partnership with Vanung University in Taiwan and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Starting in the spring semester 2016, students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Hospitality Management from FSU.

“FSU is proud to partner with both of these institutions to create this innovative program,” said Interim President Tom Bowling. “Our International partnership with Vanung University in Taiwan, a central feature of this program, will enhance our students’ confidence to work in a variety of cultural settings. We are also delighted that the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will be offering online the introductory courses from its well-regarded program,”

“Western Maryland is a tourism destination. Whenever people want to get away from the city, they visit places here like Rocky Gap State Park and Deep Creek Lake,” said Dr. Michael Monahan, associate professor and chair of the FSU Department of Management. “Students love this area but are concerned about employment opportunities after they graduate. This collaborative program would allow students more prospects and support our four-season tourism in this area.”

Frostburg offers a seamless collaborative program where students, while taking courses at three universities, will pay tuition and course fees through FSU and receive an FSU degree upon completion. After completing general education credits, students will take management, small business, entrepreneurship, human resources management and management electives from FSU’s accredited College of Business. Students are also required to complete an internship as part of the program, whether through Rocky Gap Casino Resort or other area hotels and resorts.

UMES will offer online hospitality management courses to the FSU students, including online marketing for hospitality and leisure services, online law for the hospitality industry and hospitality management electives.

“The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is pleased to partner with Frostburg State University to offer the Cooperative Program in Hospitality and Tourism Management,” said Patrick R. Liverpool, provost and vice president for academic affairs for UMES. “Highly recognized as a unique and signature program for the state of Maryland and UMES, the nationally accredited Hospitality and Tourism Management program has a rich history of training professionals for careers in the hospitality and tourism industries.”

During fall semesters, Frostburg students will fly to Vanung University in Taiwan with a faculty advisor where they will enroll in four six-week courses to gain experience in restaurant management and beverage control, partake in a wine seminar, learn air service customer service management and more. This segment of the program will be open to UMES students as well.

Vanung has its own teaching hotel, a teaching travel agency, demonstration kitchens, meal service classrooms, bartending classrooms, an aviation reservation system room that is a replica of an airport terminal and a simulated flight cabin classroom built like a wide-body airplane students can walk through for training.

“By having an international focus, students are given opportunities to deal with international customers. Instruction is not strictly focused on the American or Taiwanese way of doing things,” Monahan said. “It’s a valuable learning experience that breaks down barriers, including being exposed to different languages. With such a variety of experiences, students will know what constitutes superior customer service.”

“In the past few years, ‘Global Experiential Learning’ has become an important aspect of opportunities we offer our students in our College of Business,” said Interim Provost Ahmad Tootoonchi, who initiated the program following a trip to Taiwan several years ago. “Establishing such a well-designed collaborative program with Vanung University in Taiwan and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is a significant step forward in the enhancement of our College’s Global Experiential Learning opportunities available to our faculty and students.”

The FSU Center for International Education will assist in registration and travel arrangements to Taiwan. The Center for International Education will offer scholarships to help defray travel costs to Taiwan. With current airline pricing, a roundtrip flight plus room, board, health/safety insurance and books are estimated to cost about $2,100 for the Taiwan experience.

For more information, contact Monahan or Dr. Tom Sigerstad, coordinator of the Hospitality Management Program, at 301-687-4375.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

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