Living and learning abroad, merchandising and hospitality management students travel to Asia
June 02, 2010

Thirty-seven students from the School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management participated in a three-week study abroad program from May 16 - June 3, 2010 in Hong Kong and China. The program, established in 2003 under the leadership of Dr. Dee Knight, now boasts over 240 alumni of this unique learning experience. Knight is thrilled with the growth of the program and the opportunity to collaborate with the hospitality management division for the first time in 2010. "The opportunities for our students in the retail, hospitality, and tourism industries are multiplied exponentially as we uncover the global interconnectedness across people, products and services," says Knight.


Merchandising students, experienced first-hand the apparel supply chain from product ideation to product delivery. Dr. Knight, a former recipient of the UNT Citation for Distinguished Service to International Education, credits the success of the program to the relationships with domestic and international industry leaders who are willing to invest their time and resources to enhance the global awareness and understanding of UNT students.  "Executives from companies such as TAL Global Alliances Limited, Fossil East, Target, JC Penney, MG Global and Jia Cheng Knitting consistently go above and beyond to create welcoming environments for our students and expose them to business practices unique to Asia," says Knight.  

Dr. Zheng Xiang, assistant professor, and Chef Jodi-Lee Duryea led the hospitality management program.  Students examined regional cuisines and examined cooking techniques unique to this region. They also gained an in-depth understanding of tourism activities and how these activities impact the environment.


According to hospitality management senior, Joseph Milano, the benefits of studying abroad extend well beyond the classroom.  "While in China I have made friendships that will be lasting, contacts that will extremely helpful, and a life experience that is invaluable," says Milano. "Getting to see an alternative approach to the hospitality industry has helped me in my understanding of this industry, where it's going, and where improvements can be made."Make plans to today for Hong Kong and China 2011 Study Abroad program by contacting Drs. Knight and Xiang!  


Merchandising Contact: Dr. Dee K. Knight - Hospitality Management Contact: Dr. Zheng Xiang-

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