USF and McKibbon Hospitality partner to train students for hospitality careers


A new partnership will give University of South Florida students the opportunity to take hands-on hospitality training at more than 100 locations across the country.

The university’s Muma College of Business and Tampa-based McKibbon Hospitality planned to sign an agreement on Wednesday creating a teaching lab that will allow students in the university’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management to gain experience. experience at McKibbon properties including Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and IHG. hotels.

“Students who learn alongside and within these global brands will be equipped with the much-needed operational skills and hands-on training that the industry needs,” said Cihan Cobanoglu, Dean of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, in a press release.

Along with this partnership, USF will expand its hotel management program.

Currently, this degree is only offered on the university campus at Sarasota-Manatee, although the St. Petersburg campus has a hospitality leadership program. But from 2022, the degree will also be offered on the St. Petersburg and Tampa campuses, the statement said.

Moez Limayem, the dean of business at the University of South Florida, said a partnership with McKibbon Hospitality would give USF graduates a competitive edge. [Times (2012)]

“This partnership between USF and McKibbon Hospitality opens up an important educational opportunity and gives our graduates a competitive advantage,” said Moez Limayem, Lynn Pippenger Dean of USF Muma College of Business, in the statement.

McKibbon chairman John McKibbon said the partnership would benefit both organizations.

“In addition to providing unique training and development for their future careers,” he said, “we look forward to new perspectives and ideas that students will share with our hotel management teams, reinforcing not only our operations but the industry as a whole. “

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