Melinda D. Torres & Kathrine Camille A. Nagal
The purpose of the study is to examine the perceptions of the Filipino baccalaureate students namely, students pursuing Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management and Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management on the effectiveness of the international training programs being offered in institutions. A web-based survey of 11-items which included ranking items and reflective questions was used to identify students’ perceptions of the program offered by HEIs and their ability in providing their training and/or exposure needs, aside from its educational significance to them. Furthermore, the study evaluated the implementation of the training programs and the students’ experiences as they went through the program. Findings of the research reveal that the students placed high value on the internship component of their program, acknowledging its importance to their education and enrichment for the future, and indicating its significance to their academic and professional improvement. A majority of the student respondents claim to have their expectations met by the training host/partner, further implying that the students’ perceptions were not affected by the actual venue of the training program, but instead was more affected by the amount of learnings and experiences they garnered while undergoing the program.
Keywords: International training program, training, hospitality, student, practicum