CHINA Marriott International, together with Anhui Zhong-Ao Institute of Technology in China, has launched an educational institution to develop the future generation of the local hospitality workforce.

The Marriott Institute of Hospitality Education will offer a three-year diploma programme with a curriculum focus on hotel management. It will see its first intake this year from the annual China national examination.

Marriott International market vice-president of eastern China Michael Malik will serve as deputy dean to provide counsel and oversee the educational direction, while the company’s senior executives will play a role in some curriculum lectures.

Marriott International will also be offering work placements to students in their final year, providing field study and internship opportunities at hotels, and contribute to the development of the curriculum.

Marriott Institute of Hospitality Education’s dean Wang Yuan Hao said: “The hospitality industry of China has been growing rapidly and this trend is expected to continue in coming years. Therefore it is essential that our education will keep pace with and meet the human resources demand of the industry.”

Plans to expand the curriculum to include tourism management, culinary and nutrition are also in the pipeline.

Marriott International has launched cooperation programmes with 15 colleges in China, including Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai. It also has relations with 112 colleges across China and recruited more than 2500 interns in the country last year.