At 65, University of Baguio hurdles the challenges of OJT internationalization

 

 

 

 

With the University of Baguio's thrust in producing globally competitive students, it has concurrently recognized the importance and implications of overseas practicum experience.


UB has developed strict guidelines and policies to ensure that the expatriate training will not only be truly beneficial but also fun for the participants. It has partnered with different accredited local and foreign entities and conformed with the Commission on Higher Education's (CHED) mandates and policies to ensure the well being of its student-trainees abroad.

 

UB, through its Linkages, Alumni and Review Center (LARC), has posted a steady growth in the past four years in international on-the-job training (IOJT) deployment of not only its Hotel and Tourism Management students but also its Business Administration students.

 

The years 2009 to 2011 witnessed the peak of Singapore placements in various prominent establishments like the Four Seasons Hotel, Gallery Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Sentosa, Hotel Miramar and the Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel.

 

Year 2011 to the present saw the rise of US Work & Travel and internship programs for UBians. The Work and Travel (three months) and internship (one to two years) programs in the US are in consonance with the US Department of State's Cultural Exchange Program. This more than 50-year old US program seeks to develop cultural understanding between the people of the United States and the citizens of other countries. Successful applicants to this system are issued a J-1 visa by the US Embassy.

 

This year, the University has added Thailand as an overseas training environment for its students. The first batch has flown to the prestigious Novotel Resort in Phuket last June 8, to start their six-month practicum.

 

UB students have proven to be highly skilled and well-trained prior to deployment such that they are the first choice of UB's partners particularly in the US like the Sea Island Resort (a Forbes five diamond – five star luxury resort), King and Prince Resort in Georgia's Golden Isles, Gaylord/Marriott Hotel & Resort chains in Texas and Tennessee, Four Seasons in Palm Beach, and the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa in Florida, to name a few.

 

Only midway through with this year, more than 40 UB students have already been accepted in the US IOJT program. Proving that, indeed, UB students are par excellence, several UB students have been assigned in supervisory positions after only a month or two of training. Four of them are Clarence Inso assigned as Restaurant Supervisor at the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort in Georgia, Aljani Velasco and Lady Sarah Suarez assigned as Food Service Supervisors, and Lyka Codmos as Guest Service Supervisor, all three at the YMCA of the Rockies in Snow Mt. Ranch, Colorado. Various students have also been given recognition and accolades by their hotel supervisors and customers, like Kenn Tuazon assigned at the Sea Island Resort who was commended with five stars by a customer and Reisa Nikki Pilas who was rated first-class by the manager in Cayton's at the Ritz Carlton. Another student, Le-An Katrina Pacleb, assigned in the four diamond – five star Gaylord Orpyland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, was chosen to represent her department in the Entertainment District competition and won the Chopped Competition with her lead cook.

 

With more than 200 overseas trainees in a four-year period and in more than three countries, the UB IOJT program has truly evolved into a world-class avenue for producing globally competitive professionals. – UB Linkages, Alumni and Review Center

 

 

Scroll down to see photos of UB interns at work and at play in various hotels and resorts in the USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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