Frostburg State, UMES partner to offer international hospitality studies

  • Monday, July 27, 2015

    UMES and Frostburg State collaborate on international hospitality studiesFROSTBURG, MD - (July 23, 2015) - Frostburg State University students will have a unique, immersive international opportunity in hospitality management thanks to a new partnership with Vanung University in Taiwan and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.   

    Starting in the spring semester 2016, students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Hospitality Management from FSU.   

    "FSU is proud to partner with both of these institutions to create this innovative program," said Tom Bowling, Frostburg's interim president. "Our International partnership with Vanung University in Taiwan, a central feature of this program, will enhance our students' confidence to work in a variety of cultural settings. We are also delighted that the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will be offering online the introductory courses from its well-regarded program."   

    "Western Maryland is a tourism destination. Whenever people want to get away from the city, they visit places here like Rocky Gap State Park and Deep Creek Lake," said Dr. Michael Monahan, associate professor and chair of the FSU Department of Management. "Students love this area but are concerned about employment opportunities after they graduate. This collaborative program would allow students more prospects and support our four-season tourism in this area."   

    Frostburg offers a seamless collaborative program where students, while taking courses at three universities, will pay tuition and course fees through FSU and receive an FSU degree upon completion. After completing general education credits, students will take management, small business, entrepreneurship, human resources management and management electives from FSU's accredited College of Business. Students are also required to complete an internship as part of the program, whether through Rocky Gap Casino Resort or other area hotels and resorts.   

    UMES will offer online hospitality management courses to the FSU students, including online marketing for hospitality and leisure services, online law for the hospitality industry and hospitality management electives.   

    "The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is pleased to partner with Frostburg State University to offer the Cooperative Program in Hospitality and Tourism Management," said Patrick R. Liverpool, provost and vice president for academic affairs for UMES. "Highly recognized as a unique and signature program for the state of Maryland and UMES, the nationally accredited Hospitality and Tourism Management program has a rich history of training professionals for careers in the hospitality and tourism industries."    

    During fall semesters, Frostburg students will fly to Vanung University in Taiwan accompanied by a faculty advisor, where they will enroll in four six-week courses to gain experience in restaurant management and beverage control, partake in a wine seminar, learn air service customer service management and more. This segment of the program will be open to UMES