Asian Institute of Tourism
|Asian Institute of Tourism|
|Asyanong Institusyon sa Turismo|
|Type||Degree-granting unit of the University of the Philippines|
|Dean||Dr. Miguela Mena|
|Institute Secretary||Dr. Edieser Dela Santa|
|Academic staff||14 full-time faculty, 17 lecturers (as of AY 2008–09)|
|Students||385 (as of second semester, AY 2009–10)|
|Location||Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City|
Founded on February 26, 1976, the Asian Institute of Tourism (AIT) began as a tripartite project of the Department of Tourism, the Philippine Tourism Authority (now the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority), and the University of the Philippines as approved by former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos. The Institute is considered to be the pioneer in tourism education in Asia being the first academic institution in the region to offer a four-year degree program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Tourism.
The AIT complex, where the institute is currently housed, was inaugurated on November 20, 1978. This edifice was one of the pet projects of First Lady Imelda Marcos.
The institute attracted an initial batch of 28 students in June 1977 and then produced its first batch of graduates, 12 students, on March 1979.
Asian Institute of Tourism lives up its mission to upgrade the travel and tourism profession by providing high quality education and training to students who will be the industry's future managers, entrepreneurs and technical experts.
To achieve this mission, the institute performs the three basic functions: teaching, research, and extension, fulfilling the following objectives:
- To develop entrepreneurs, managers and qualified staff for the tourism industry;
- To assist in the development, growth and professionalization of tourism;
- To provide a realistic instructional and research laboratory for tourism operations and management; and,
- To provide a place for the conduct of professional and technical programs for the hospitality industry.
AIT offers a four-year baccalaureate degree which focuses on the fields of tourism principles, geography and culture, tourism planning and development, business management and entrepreneurship, accounting and finance, laws, marketing and promotions, airline operations, travel and tour operations, hotel and resort operations, and tourism research.
The institute also offers research and extension services to local government units around the country, particularly in the fields of tourism planning and development.
The curriculum of AIT is believed to be the basis of other tourism curricula of tourism schools in the Philippines. The institute is also said to have started the trend of integrating a hotel laboratory in its instruction.
- Prof. Daniel Corpuz (1988–1991)
- Prof. Evangeline Ortiz (1991–2001)
- Prof. Reil Cruz (2001–2004)
- Dr. Corazon Rodriguez (2004–2010)
- Dr. Miguela Mena (2010–present)
As of AY 2008-2009, the Institute had 14 full-time university faculty and 17 lecturers from the industry.
As of second semester, AY 2009-2010, the institute had 385 students.
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