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Founded in 1978, Eta Sigma Delta (ESD) is a prestigious international society that recognizes exceptional academic achievement among hospitality and tourism students. It is officially administered by the renowned International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (I-CHRIE). Being one of the 90 active chapters worldwide, ESD HKPolyU chapter is one of the student organizations administered and recognized by the School of Hotel and Tourism Management of the HKPolyU.

Students who become ESD members distinguish themselves in the eyes of educators, recruiters, and industry executives. The society provides a network system of over 90 chapters where outstanding students can exchange information and ideas, and participate in campus activities, fund-raising, and voluntary programmes. In addition, the chapters stimulate students to strive for academic excellence by providing tutoring and other forms of academic support.

Membership Eligibility

To be eligible for membership in Eta Sigma Delta, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete at least 50% of the credit hours required for graduation;
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5; and
  • Agree to uphold the values of creativity, diversity-equity-inclusion, ethics, excellence, leadership, and service.


The following six points of honour are recited during the society's induction ceremony.


As a student member of ESD, we pledge to uphold the value of ‘Creativity’. We realize that our ability to think creatively will affect the future of our professions. We pledge that our innovation will lead to better decisions and outcomes.


As a student member of ESD, we pledge to demonstrate our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We respect people, value diversity, and are committed to equality for everyone. By valuing our differences, creating equitable opportunities for everyone, and welcoming all in the true spirit of hospitality, we will do our best to be role models for others.


As a student member of ESD, we pledge to establish the commitment we have to ‘Ethics’. The consideration of ethics guides our personal and professional decision-making. We pledge that we will do our best to light the way for each of us throughout our lives.


As a student member of ESD, we pledge to uphold the value of ‘Excellence’ - which represents our continuous pursuit of excellence in all we do. Through the quest for excellence, we pledge to uphold high standards for both academic and professional achievement.


As a student member of ESD, we pledge to uphold the value of ‘Leadership’. A leader is like a light held high that brightens the way for others. We pledge that we will demonstrate the qualities of leadership in our personal and professional relationships.


As a student member of ESD, we pledge to acknowledge the importance of ‘Service’. We realize that service makes the hospitality industry unique. May our concern for others help promote our professional success and inspire us to lead lives of service.


For information about Eta Sigma Delta membership and activities, please contact:

Dr Daniel Leung
Faculty Advisor - ESD HKPolyU ChapterSchool of Hotel and Tourism Management
Tel: +852 3400-2168
Fax: +852 2362-9632

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