Students studying together in a class on TUJ campus.

Students studying together in a class on TUJ campus. Photo by: William Galopin

Underscoring its commitment to offering a variety of academic opportunities and career pathways, the Japan campus of Temple University (TUJ) has announced the introduction of the university’s world-renowned Tourism & Hospitality Management (THM) undergraduate degree program in Japan, starting this fall semester in September. Temple University’s THM program was ranked 7th globally in 2022 by Shanghai Ranking (ARWU) for academic subjects.

The expansion of the THM program to Japan aims to prepare TUJ students for professional careers in the fast-paced and creative trillion-dollar global tourism and hospitality industry. This dynamic field offers a series of career paths, including entertainment venues, resorts, casinos, hotels, restaurants, cruise lines, airlines, event planning companies, destination marketing organizations, and tourism boards. Furthermore, the skills learned in this program are transferable to other industries, such as communications, entertainment, sports, and even healthcare.

The Japanese market is a prime career destination for THM students as Japan has a thriving tourism industry, with millions of visitors each year and a growing interest in sustainable tourism practices. The Japanese hospitality industry is known for its high standards of service and attention to detail, making it an excellent place for graduates of this program to launch their careers.

The THM undergraduate degree program will provide students with a comprehensive education, covering all aspects of the industry, including tourism and hospitality management, marketing, accounting, finance, and operations management. Students can also participate in internships, study abroad programs, and networking events to gain practical experience and establish connections in the industry.

“We are thrilled to bring this world-class Tourism & Hospitality Management degree program to our Japan campus,” TUJ Dean Matthew Wilson said. “Temple University has a long history of providing students with an exceptional education in tourism and hospitality, so we are excited to extend that tradition to our students in Japan. We believe that our program will provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the tourism and hospitality industry, both in Japan and around the world.”

The THM undergraduate degree program is a valuable addition to TUJ’s liberal arts curriculum and portfolio of academic programs. Recent campus developments include an expansion of TUJ’s Computer Science Program, which enables students to earn a degree by studying for three years in Japan and one year in Temple’s main campus in Philadelphia. TUJ has also introduced the “Fly to Philly Program”, which enables study in the U.S. at a more affordable price. Additionally, the university upgraded its Bridge Program to boost the language abilities of non-native English speakers to a college level.

Since its establishment in 1982, TUJ has been a leading institution in international education in Japan, providing students with a unique and immersive learning experience in one of the most dynamic and exciting counties in the world. TUJ offers students an opportunity to expand their horizons while pursuing an American degree from a top-350 global university based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

For the past 40 years, Temple has excelled in bridging cultures and advancing the globalization of higher education in Japan. The number of undergraduate students enrolled at TUJ has increased significantly, surpassing 1,840 this academic year. Besides the core undergraduate program, TUJ also offers provides graduate programs in education, management, and law to more than 250 students. The university offers non-degree programs to more than 2,000 learners through its continuing education and Academic English Program for children, students and adults.

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