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Georgia State establishes new exchange program

On June 11, 2014 • By

Georgia State’s School of Hospitality Administration established an international exchange agreement with Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The agreement is set to begin spring 2015 according to a June 4 university news release.

The partnership allows hospitality majors to study a semester-long program at The School of Hotel and Tourism Management at Hong Kong Polytechnic, the release states.

Josh Grotheer, Public Relations Coordinator for the School of Hospitality, said the program is something the School of Hospitality has been working on for a while.

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“With the university’s new strategic goal and strategic plan of increasing global presence, it seemed like a natural fit,” Grotheer said.

Kaye Chon, dean of the School of Hotel and Tourism, helped create close ties between Georgia State and Hong Kong Polytechnic. Chon graduated from Georgia State in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality, according to the release.

“We’ve had a very close relationship with him [Chon] since he’s joined Hong Kong as their dean and so we’ve developed this partnership based on that friendship and that partnership’” Grotheer said.

In addition to hospitality majors, students minoring in hospitality and graduate students can apply for the program, according to Grotheer.

Grotheer also said the program will continue as long as students are being exchanged between Georgia State and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

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“I think we won’t be able to measure the success until we’ve had a student from Hong Kong study at Georgia State…With the dean being one of our alumni he’s going to take very good care of a fellow Panther,” Grotheer said.

For more information, visit the program’s official website.