San Diego State University (SDSU) was selected as CHEI's initial academic advisor. Through its L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, SDSU has experience working with Chinese schools and the hospitality industry to develop programs that are globally respected and uniquely Chinese. They have extensive expertise in developing relationships with schools in China, as well as with industry experts and government leaders.
A nationally-ranked research university, SDSU provides more than 30,000 students with a robust academic curriculum with an increasingly international emphasis. The university's L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management has a vision to "be the most personalized school of its kind in developing hospitality leaders." The school pursues this goal by tailoring programs that meet both industry needs and student expectations.
Marriott International has volunteered its services to help ensure the teaching-learning resources and programs are relevant to industry needs. Marriott also provides faculty internships and industry networking opportunities for hospitality and tourism educators and students in China.
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