Huaqiao University (HQU) is a comprehensive university, directly under the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council of China and jointly supervised by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, the Ministry of Education (MOE) of the People’s Republic of China and the Fujian Provincial People's Government. It is the National Base for Chinese Language Teaching, the National Base for Cultural Quality Education of College Students, the National Demonstration University for Deepening Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education Reform and the National Demonstration University for Teacher Evaluation Reform, an export base for characteristic services in the field of language services, and a national base for the inheritance of Chinese excellent traditional culture in universities. Liao Chengzhi and Ye Fei, the former national leaders, personally served as the first and second principals. The current Chair of the University Council is Xu Xipeng, and the President is Wu Jianping.
College of Tourism was established in 2004. Its predecessor, the Department of Tourism of Huaqiao University (founded in 1984), was one of the eight tourism colleges and universities that was first approved by the Ministry of Education in China. As a member unit of T10 Alliance of Famous Tourism Schools of China and the vice-chairman unit of the Tourism Education Branch of the China Tourism Association, it is the first tourism academy which is qualified to recruit overseas undergraduates, masters and doctoral students majoring in tourism in China. The Tourism and Leisure Management discipline of Huaqiao University was listed in the world-class disciplines of ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2022. Since its establishment more than 30 years ago, the college has cultivated more than 6,000 talents for various sectors at home and abroad, including more than 600 overseas students. Currently, there are nearly 1,200 students, including more than 130 graduate students, 310 overseas students, and 80 ethnic minority students in the College of Tourism. The current dean is XieChaowu, the Chair of College Council is Xu Guoxi, and the vice deans are Ye Xincai and Zhang Hui.
The college has a complete education system for doctoral, master’s and undergraduate degrees, with 1 doctoral program (tourism management), 2 master’s programs (tourism management, tourism management professional master degree MTA) and 4 undergraduate programs (tourism management, hotel management, exhibition economy and management, human geography and urban-rural planning). Specifically, the doctoral program of tourism management is one of the original four independent second-level discipline doctoral programs in China; the undergraduate program of tourism management is a national-level characteristic discipline, a national first-class undergraduate program construction base, and a pilot program for the reforming of innovation and entrepreneurship education in Fujian; the hotel management program is a national first-class undergraduate program construction base and a service industry characteristic discipline in Fujian; the exhibition economics and management program is a provincial first-class undergraduate program construction base. In 2022, the four college undergraduate majors have passed the professional quality certification of the United World Tourism Organization, and obtained the maximum certification period of 4 years.
The college has a faculty of 55 members, including 38 full-time teachers, 31 professors and associate professors with doctoral degrees. Many teachers of the college hold important social and academic posts in China, such as the member of the National Tourism Management Professional Degree Graduate Education Steering Committee, the Director of the Tourism Management Professional Teaching Steering Committee of the Ministry of Education, and member of the National Catering Industry Education and Teaching Steering Committee, Vice-chairman of Tourism Education Branch of China Tourism Association, Vice-chairman of Tourism Rescue Branch of China Medical Rescue Association, member of Tourism Geography Professional Committee of China Geographic Society, member of Tourism Resources Research Professional Committee of China Resources Institute, member of Agricultural Geography and Rural Development Professional Committee of China Geographic Society, the board of China Cuisine Association, Vice-chairman of Fujian Tourism Association etc. Additionally, 7 talents from various fields has joined the College of Tourism, including outstanding experts from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, former young experts from National Tourism Administration, new century talents in Fujian universities, and outstanding young scientific research talents in Fujian universities.
The college has recruited quantities of experienced off-campus teachers. Prof. Fan Weicheng, the academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, was appointed as an honorary professor. The college successively hired Prof. Gao Chuang and Prof. Gao Liangmou, members of the Business Administration Appraisal Group of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council, as distinguished professors, and Dai Bin (Chairman of China Tourism Academy), Xiao Honggen (Ph.D. Supervisor, School of Hotel and Tourism Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University), Wu Bihu (Academician of International Tourism Academy), Zhang Lingyun (Editor-in-chief of Journal of Tourism), Zhang Jianzhong (General Manager of Macau CTS Hotel Management Co., Ltd.) and Yao Jun (General Manager of OCT Group) as part-time professors. More than 40 experts and scholars in politics, industry, academia, and research have been postgraduate practical tutors in the college.
The college is equipped with domestic leading teaching and research conditions There are national-level experimental teaching platforms such as the National Tourism Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center, the National Tourism Virtual Simulation Teaching Demonstration Center, and more than 30 internship bases at home and abroad. It has 4 provincial and ministerial research platforms and 9 academic research platforms including Tourism Safety and Security Research Base of China Tourism Research Institute, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Base of Fujian Universities, Characteristic New Think Tank of Fujian Universities, and Fujian Provincial Smart Tourism Demonstration Base (research-based). The college has jointly established the Quanzhou Culture and Tourism Economic Research Base with,Quanzhou Culture, Television and Tourism Administration, and forged comprehensive strategic cooperative relations with tourism departments and industrial institutions.
The college focuses on its social service capabilities. The college has constantly provided high-level intellectual services such as tourism legislative consultation, policy research, standard formulation, planning and design, industry counseling and industry training for the society, with a total of more than 400 projects. Professors in the college has participated in the primary research work of laws and regulations such as the "Tourism Law of the People's Republic of China" and "Tourism Safety Management Measures", and participated in editing the "Fujian Provincial Tourism Factory Construction and Service Specifications" and "Smart Scenic Spot Classification and Evaluation" (DB35/T1716- 2017) and the preparation of standards such as "Classification and Evaluation of Smart Hotels" (DB35/T1715-2017). Since 2012, the college has undertaken the editing and publication of the tourism safety blue book "China Tourism Safety Report". A number of teachers has been appointed to serve as the government officials in important tourist destinations such as Wuyishan, Ningde, Xianyou, Taining, Meizhou Island, and Pingtan International Tourism Island in Fujian.
The college has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the China Tourism Academy, and carried out in-depth cooperation in discipline construction, academic exchanges, and graduate student education. It attaches great importance to international development and has in-depth cooperation with Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Macao Institute for Tourism Studies and many universities in Taiwan, China. In addition, it has established different cooperation mechanism of teaching and research cooperation, credit exchange, and intern exchange with universities such as Central Florida State University, Oklahoma State University, University of Guam, University of Surrey, Thailand, Boren University, and ChuangjiashengRatchapak University.
The college attaches great importance to "all-round education" and vigorously carries out professional practice and "second classroom" activities. here are more than 30 off-campus internship center in tourism enterprise groups, high-star hotels, high-level tourist attractions, and smart tourism platforms. It has also constructed a cultural and educational activity system that integrates academic knowledge teaching, growth experience sharing, and practical competitions. Students can participate in innovation and entrepreneurship, science and technology competitions, and discipline competitions that benefits their development.
In the new era, the College of Tourism of Huaqiao University will adhere to the development orientation of building a first-class leading tourism college in China, serve the national strategy and industrial development, and cultivate tourism scholars with international vision and forward-looking thinking, tourism elites with digital technology and innovation and entrepreneurship capabilities, and talents with correct professional values and social responsibility. The college will grasp the pulse of the times with a more open vision, meet future challenges with a firmer footstep, and cultivate more high-quality tourism talents with a more complete discipline system to become a national first-class and internationally-known college in tourism.