Marriott partners on hospitality education program in China

Marriott International has announced a Marriott Apprentice Program (MAP program) in collaboration with Nankai University and the American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute for China. The initiative will integrate a sustained internship with both campus and online learning.

Nankai University will enroll students nationwide for the MAP program. It is also responsible for providing the curriculum, classroom instruction and coordinating the program. Students are expected to undergo a five-year comprehensive hotel education program that consists of 18 months of learning on campus, 38 months of combined online learning and internship at Marriott hotels in two phases as well as a final evaluation featuring progressive performance appraisal of the internships.

Students who successfully complete the MAP program will receive graduation certificates from Nankai University as well as the internationally recognized certificates from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute. They will also receive supervisory job offers from Marriott International. Outstanding graduates of the MAP program will be connected to the Global Voyage Program, Marriott’s proprietary “future leader incubator” targeting elite university graduates worldwide.

“This collaboration will not only benefit the long-term growth of Marriott International in China, but also help take the country’s hospitality education to the next level,” said Regan Taikitsadaporn, Marriott International’s chief human resources officer for Asia Pacific.