Introduction to Shanghai Institute of Tourism
Founded in 1979, Shanghai Institute of Tourism (SIT, website: www.sitsh.edu.cn) incorporated with Urban Science & Tourism College of Shanghai Normal University (SHNU) in 2003. SIT boasts one of the nation’s leading tourism institutions of higher education. SIT owes its flourishing development to its educational philosophy of cultivating professional tourtalents for the nation, its contribution to tourism researches, and its tradition of excellent balancing present considerations with future concerns.
SIT has Geography Department, Tourism Department, Department of Hospitality Management,Department of International Tour Guide, Department of Culinary Arts &Catering Management, Department of Event Management, Department of Tour Management, Basic Courses Department, International Exchange Center and School of Continuing Education.
SIT has a faculty and staff team of over 300, including 174 professional teachers, among whom more than 60 haveacquired senior professional title. The majority of the teachers have obtained master or doctor degree and professional certificate. A good number of themhave had experience of furthering their study or receiving industry training abroad.
At present, SIT has about 3350 three-year associate diploma students, 1500 four-year undergraduate program students, over 250 graduatestudents, 60 international students and over 500 students of the School of Continuing Education Meanwhile, SIT finishes more than 3000 trainees in various fields, especially in tourism or tourism-related field every year.
SIT covers an area of over 30000 square meters. It is abundant in teaching resources, including multi-media classrooms, language labs, computer labs, training rooms for modern education technology, hotel services, culinary & bar, Chinese culinary, western culinary, simulated guide, foreign-cultural-experiencing classrooms (mainly about European, American, Japanese and Korean cultures), comprehensive labs for exhibition, natural geography and geographical information system, etc..
SIT is the bachelor’s degree education highland project of event management and the innovation base of Shanghai tourism resources & culture. SIT has established Urban Tourism Research Base of China Tourism Academy, Shanghai Tourism Development Research Center, Shanghai Tourism Standardization Research Office, Shanghai Legal System Research Office, Key Laboratory of City Biology & Environmental Remediationof SHNU, City Biology and Environment Management Research Center of SHNU, City Information Research Center of SHNU, Sino-EU Cities Comparison Research Center,Sino-Australian Sustainable Tourism Research Center, Tourism Planning & Developing Research Center of SHNU, Sino-Korean Tourism Culture Research Center, Sino-Japan Geography & Tourism Research Center, etc.. Honored as one journal provider for Chinese Social Sciences Citation Index, SIT journal Tourism Science was awarded as one of the top 100 social sciences periodicals in Chinese colleges and universities in 2010. SIT library has a collection of over 30000 volumes.
SIT has set up cooperative relationship with over sixty colleges and universities from 20 countries, suchas U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Spain, France, Ireland, Netherland, Finland, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Korea, Japan, Singapore, etc.. SIT also has conducted cooperation with Hong Kong (China), Macao (China) and Taiwan(China). SIT cooperates with more than one hundred famous enterprises at home and abroad in building education bases and intern bases.
SIT ranks in the list of world famous tourism institutes. SIT is an affiliate member of the World Tourism Organization (WTO), the vice chairman of the executive committee of the Network of Asia and Pacific Education and Training in Tourism (APETIT), the member of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), the member of International Exhibition Industry Alliance (IEIA), the vice chairman member of China Tourism Education Association (CTEA) of China Tourism Association, the chairman member of Shanghai Tourism Education Association of Shanghai Tourism Trade Association,the board member of Shanghai Tourism Vocational Education Group, the member of China Union of Five Tourism Institutes, and the member of China Union of Ten Tourism Institutes.
Shanghai (Panorama) serves as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, and cultural center in East China. Also it is a popular travel destination for visitors to sense the pulsating development of the country. Shanghai has a long history as a gateway to China on the Yangtze River Delta. Shanghai’s colonial past is retained in the Bund and cosmopolitan air.
Arts & culture
Its skyline may be ultra-modern, but amidst the skyscrapers travellers will discover the seductive allure of Shanghai culture. From its stunning Art Deco buildings to its modern theatres, Shanghai is brimming with exciting cultural attractions.
Shanghai is a new city, and unlike other Chinese towns it has no ‘food’ of its own. As the city developed, Shanghai’s cuisine, or Hu Cai, began to draw flavors from the neighboring towns of Jiangsu and Zhejiang. Now, chefs from Shanghai have managed to put a ‘special’ taste to its delicious foods. Famous for its flavorful sauces, Shanghai food is a must-try for tourists headed for China.