The Saigontourist Hospitality College (STHC) is a post-secondary institution that seeks to provide students with hands-on training in the hospitality and tourism industry.
STHC was established as a basic tourism and hotel school in September 15, 1989. It was later upgraded to an official college. While the school is a member of the Saigontourist Holding Company, it is a public college. The school reports the government of Vietnam, but works independently.
On March 15 2016, STHC merged with the First Hotel, a 4 star hotel establishment. The First Hotel’s property spans over 14,000 square meters, with two buildings devoted to accommodations, four restaurants, ten convention and banquet halls, a swimming pool, and tennis courts, among many other high-end facilities. The First Hotel was voted as one of the top 10 hotels in Vietnam for 15 years, from 1999 to 2014. By establishing this partnership, students are able to gain work experience by interning with the hotel. The merger between the First Hotel and STHC helps to enhance the quality training, by providing students with hands on work experience in the hospitality and tourism fields.
STHC recruits more than 2,000 students for diploma programs every year. These two-year programs include majors such as: Tour Guiding, Hotel Management, Restaurant Management, and Culinary Arts. The curriculum is designed to meet international standards, with a major focus dedicated to practical experience. STHC also teaches a number of short-term programs, which train thousands of students each year.
After nearly 30 years, more than 50,000 students have graduated, and gained employment in tourism enterprises in Vietnam and overseas. Many of them have won national and international awards for professional competitions. Many of STHC’s alumni have been promoted to top positions in their fields.
Since 2009, the number of applicants has increased by over 15% each year. This success is credited to the emphasis on hands on experience through not only the curriculum, but through internships that are offered with well-established and highly rated enterprises. STHC also provides on the job training for the staff of businesses around the country.
STHC aims to provide students with the top learning opportunities, through partnering with a number of national and international organizations. The school works in cooperation with a number of industry leaders within Vietnam including the Tourist Association of Ho Chi Minh City, aviation and cruise companies such as Tiags, Alsimexco of Vietnam Airlines, Costa Cruise, Star Cruise, AIDA Cruise, and a number of other tourism and hospitality schools.
Internationally, STHC has signed cooperation agreements with Liege school in Belgium, Alexis-Heck in Luxembourg, CTC Canada, Soongsil University in Seoul, Dobla in the Netherlands, The Federation of Employers in Norway, and other educational institutions in USA, Switzerland, and Italy.
STHC boasts a highly trained teaching staff that bring their professional knowledge and work experience into the classroom. Staff go through extensive training with the Trainer Development Project, sponsored by EU and the government of Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
The school prides itself on its diverse culture, and hosts numerous students and volunteers from across Asia, Denmark, and Canada.
STHC’s achievements can be attributed to the school’s vision of 'responding to the needs of learners, and of society' and the dedication of the teaching staff. Its emphasis is on providing students with practical skills, hands on experience, and positive attitudes to help them launch into a successful career in the hospitality and tourism sectors.