British Business and Technology Education Council rep visits University of St. Martin

POSTED: 03/7/16 11:11 AM

St. Maarten News – In the pursuit of a fully accredited Hospitality and Tourism Management program, the University of St. Martin worked on acquiring accreditation via the British Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC). A representative for this council, Maggie Rankine, visited the university for an inspection.

On August 26, 2015, the university already received the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) Accreditation of the United Kingdom to offer Level 5 programs in Hospitality and Business. Improving the curriculum and having Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) instructors were some steps taken in assuring the quality of the HTM program. With the QCF accreditation, the Hospitality and Tourism Management program leads therefore, next to an Associate Degree, to a British Higher National Certificate/Diploma (HNC/HND).
Part of the BTEC accreditation process is having a BTEC representative perform an external verification visit to the institution.

BTEC representative Maggie Rankine, visited the university where she inspected and verified the instructors’ work and students’ results.
Mrs. Rankine stated that she was very impressed with both offered curriculum and the students’ assignments.

Head of the USM’s Hospitality Division Erwin Wolthuis said that he is very pleased to have been able to establish this success in close cooperation with Dr. Natasha Gittens and Jan van Beek.
Wolthuis also indicated that he is very proud of the Hospitality and Tourism students who are doing a great job academically and the results of the inspection proved them to be true ambassadors of both the USM as well as St. Maarten at large.

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