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Uni student off to study in China

Priya Chand
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A THIRD year university student will spend 12 months at the Sheraton Qingdao Jiaozhou Hotel in Beijing, China after receiving an internship to study there.

Mosese Tamanitoakula, 25, a University of the South Pacific Bachelor of Commerce student of hospitality management, will spend a year in China where he will receive training in hotel operations.

Although excited, the student said the trip would earn him valuable international work experience.

He said he knew that working in an international hotel would be demanding.

"Therefore, I will need to overcome the challenge of working in a new environment and work as hard as possible as people in China are known to be very hardworking," he said.

Describing Mr Tamanitoakula as a hardworking and capable student, the co-ordinator of USP's hotel management program, Greg Cornwall, said the School of Tourism and Hotel Management was committed to providing its students with a high standard of practical work attachments.

Tamanitoakula aims to perform to the best of his abilities to further enhance USP's reputation and encourage more students to do placements overseas.

"During my stay in China, I hope to learn Mandarin and learn five-star hotel working skills to help me prepare well for a career as a hotelier," he said.

"Given that tourism is a major revenue earner in Fiji, it is important that upcoming professionals in the industry are given practical exposure to help improve the standard of service in hotels and resorts in Fiji."