Located in Nanjing, an ancient capital of ten dynasties, Nanjing Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (NITH) is situated at the foot of Fangshan Hill and beside Qinhuai River, characterized by beautiful scenery, gathering of talents and convenient transportation. The unique architecture of NITH features the style of classic gardens south of the Yangtze River. NITH has two campuses in Jiangning District and Gulou District, covering a total area of 546 mu (15mu=1hectare), including an eco-tourism training base area of 120 mu, and a total building area of nearly 200,000 square meters. NITH has excellent venue facilities and superior accommodation conditions with a library containing 300,000 tangible books, an unique teaching and training hotel (Hotel UNIC), a national base for practical training, two provincial bases for practical training, and 38 modernized rooms for experiments and training.
Adhering to professionalized, elaborate, humanized and internationalized schooling, NITH has been continuously innovating its model of personnel training by schooling characteristics, educational quality and brand specialties. As the vice-chairman unit of China Tourism Education Association, initiator of China Union of Five Tourism Institutes, president of Jiangsu Group of Tourism Vocational Education, leader of Tourism Vocational Teaching and Research Group in Jiangsu, NITH has been playing a key role in guiding the development of vocational tourism institutes, promoting the development of tourism vocational education in Jiangsu and even the whole country. Ratified as a construction unit of Provincial Demonstrative Higher Vocational Colleges in Jiangsu in 2015, NITH has nine teaching schools (departments) including School of Hotel Management, School of Tourism Management, School of Culinary Arts and Nutrition, School of Further Education, Department of Humanities and Art, Department of International Tourism, Section of Fundamental Teaching, Section for the Teaching and Research of Ideological and Political Theory, Section for the Teaching of Physical Education, as well as science and technology service agencies including Zijin Tourism Planning and Design Co., Ltd, Jiangsu, Zhongxin Hotel Management Consultation Co. Jiangsu, Research Institute of Culinary Arts and Nutrition, Research Institute of Higher Vocational Tourism Education and Studio of Tourism Media. NITH now has over 6,300 students recruited from 21 provinces/autonomous regions, offering 25 specialties, including two provincial clusters of specialties for key construction, 1 provincial A-level brand specialty and 2 provincial characteristic specialties.
NITH has been actively deepening the reform to its education and teaching, discussing and revising personnel training program of specialties by reference to job requirements and technical standards of industries and enterprises. Launching a new round of project-based curricula reform oriented by working process and professional abilities, NITH has been awarded a second-prize of Teaching Achievement in China, 2 first-prizes and 1 second-prize of Educational and Teaching Achievement in Jiangsu Province, with 3 provincial excellent courses, 3 provincial excellent textbooks, 2 provincial key textbooks, more than 20 textbooks of national 11th Five-year Plan and 12th Five-year Plan for Vocational Education. NITH has been continuously deepening the building of training base, including 1 national base for practical training of vocational education supported by central finance and 2 provincial demonstrative bases for practical training of higher vocational education.
NITH has always been adhering to the schooling philosophy of serving our country and communities, continuously innovating its model of personnel training, forming a preliminary modern vocational education system of “3+3” personnel training of secondary with higher vocational education project, “3+2” two-stage undergraduate education project and diploma-oriented higher-vocational-to-undergraduate education project extended on the basis of higher vocational education. Through school-enterprise cooperation to gather superior resources, NITH signed strategic cooperation agreement with more than 60 famous tourism enterprises at home and abroad like InterContinental Hotels Group, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Changzhou China Dinosaur Park, etc., establishing long-term stable cooperative partnership and developing order-oriented personnel training model of joint management and training by both parties.
Adhering to the concept of promoting teaching and studying with competition, NITH continuously strengthen its training of professional skills. Students from NITH have been awarded more than 60 gold and silver medals in national hospitality skills, culinary skills, tour guide service and English competitions in recent years. NITH has been awarded 14 gold medals in national vocational students’ skills competition, being one of the higher vocational colleges winning the most gold medals at national tourism skills competition, thus being conferred the Advanced Unit of Vocational Students’ Skills Competition in Jiangsu Province.
NITH vigorously promote the implementation of the strategy of strengthening school-running through human resources development by ways of introduction, training and further study to improve academic leaders and key teachers’ professional level and to optimize faculty structure. Among the full-time teachers of NITH, holders of master/doctor degrees account for 67%, and over 80% of them are double-professionally-titled teachers. There are 36 national and provincial star-raters of tourist hotels, assessment experts for Grade A scenic spots, 2 young experts in Tourism Industry of Training Program of China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), 10 double-professionally-titled teachers of Ten-Thousand-Tourism-Talents Training Program of CNTA, 1 Middle-aged and Young Expert of Outstanding Contribution to Jiangsu Province, 2 third-level trainees for the 333 Project of Jiangsu Province, 7 academic leaders and key teachers of Qing Lan Project of Jiangsu Province.
NITH has accomplished more than 120 scientific research projects supported by enterprises or sponsored by government and undertook by colleges & universities in recent years, including 1 project of National Fund in Social Science, 14 assigned research projects at provincial and ministerial level. NITH has won 8 research achievement awards at provincial and municipal level, holding 10 patents and participating in making 20 technical grade standards for industries and technical work. NITH has been offering consultation and management service for almost 100 starred hotels in 23 provinces/autonomous regions/municipalities, training service for nearly 60,000 medium-and-high-level hotel managers, and skill appraisal service for more than 20,000 personnel in tourism enterprises with the help of multi-purpose learning-working-researching cooperative bases, Zhongxin Hotel Management Consultation Co., vocational skill appraisal office and Zijin Tourism Planning and Design Co., Ltd. NITH has been chosen as the Advanced Vocational Skill Appraisal Office in Jiangsu province in succession during last five years. NITH also serves as key teachers training center of secondary vocational tourism education in Jiangsu province and national key teachers training center of tourist service and management for higher vocational education.
NITH has been adhering to the schooling philosophy of internationalization, establishing the mechanism of close cooperation with 9 foreign universities and colleges, developing Sino-foreign cooperation and extension in running school with 2 foreign universities and colleges. NITH has established academic exchange relations with many institutions in the world by many teacher and student exchange programmes, building practice and training platform with 54 foreign enterprises. More than 200 students, accounting for more than 10% of the total practice students, can go abroad for training, exchange and study each year, which is beneficial to students’ sustainable development. NITH has been chosen as the Advanced School of International Educational Cooperation and Exchange in Jiangsu Province twice in 2011 and 2013.
With a school-running history of more than 30 years, NITH has trained a large amount of professional personnel and operation and management talents in tourism industry for Jiangsu province and even the whole country. Enjoying a high reputation in tourism industry of Jiangsu province and national tourism vocational education, NITH is reputed as the “cradle of tourism personnel in China” and “Huangpu Military School in Hotel Industry” (an incubator of elites for Chinese hotel industry), having won many national, provincial and municipal praises and commendations. NITH has been successively awarded such honorary titles as a National Advanced Collective in the Tourism System, an Advanced Collective of College Graduates’ Employment in Jiangsu Province, an Advanced School of International Educational Cooperation and Exchange in Jiangsu Province, a Safe and Peaceful Campus in Jiangsu Province, an Advanced Unit of Vocational Students Skills Competition in Jiangsu Province, an Advanced Unit of Vocational Education in Jiangsu Province, a College with Harmonious Campus in Jiangsu Province and an advanced Unit of Educational Publicity in Jiangsu Province, etc..