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The SHTM Mentorship Programme connects students with industry professionals, leaders and SHTM alumni ("mentors") for advice, insight, guidance, and the wisdom that comes with practical experience. Open to year one to year three undergraduate and full-time master students, this programme helps students to:

  • Develop intellectually, socially, and personally;
  • Determine their vision and aspirations for the future;
  • Enhance their future professional and career development;
  • Face challenges in society; and
  • Become preferred graduates of SHTM.

Starting from 2017, SHTM honours one of our student mentors for his/her significant contributions to the SHTM Mentorship Programme and one of the student mentees for his/her active participation and accomplishments coming through the programme.

The Outstanding SHTM Student Mentor & Mentee Award Presentation Ceremony cum Luncheon Meeting 2023

The Outstanding SHTM Student Mentor & Mentee Award Presentation Ceremony cum Luncheon Meeting finished at the Hotel ICON’s Silverbox Ballroom on 18 March 2023.  Over 130 participants attended the event including Dr. Catherine Cheung, Associate Dean, Dr. Sebastian Filep, Assistant Dean, Prof. Honggen Xiao, Assistant Dean, Dr. Eric Chan, Undergraduate Programme Director  and other SHTM faculty members. 

After welcoming the participants, Dean Chon presented the SHTM Outstanding Student Mentor of the Year Award 2022 to Mr. John Drummond, General Manager, InterContinental Grand Stanford HK, and the Outstanding Student Mentee of the Year Award 2022 to Ms. Yana Fomenko, who is currently our year two hotel management student.  

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Over the remainder of the year, the 78 student mentors and 94 mentees will maintain regular contact to achieve the learning objectives they have agreed on. 


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The SHTM Mentorship Programme helps participating students to learn more about the hospitality & tourism industry and gain career contacts. Once a student has been paired with a student mentor, it is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with the mentor. Throughout the year, the student will personally meet with his/her mentor five times. In-between meetings, he/she should communicate with the mentor frequently via email and telephone, fostering not only friendship but mutual trust. The School encourages students to ask their mentor anything and everything they can, to help them learn the industry's "unwritten rules".

Student mentors will serve as advisors, coaches, and counsellors to their assigned student mentees, influencing their progress and helping to create a competent, qualified up-and-coming workforce, which in turn benefits the hospitality and tourism industry as a whole. In return for sharing their expertise and experience, the programme provides an excellent opportunity for mentors to identify and recruit talented and promising graduates, as well as added status within the industry stemming from their guidance roles.

Each mentor is required to meet with their mentee(s) five times per year, and to keep in touch at other times by telephone and email. Student mentees will ask many questions in their efforts to gain knowledge about the industry, ranging from simple enquires about resume writing to more complex requests about interpersonal relations in the workplace.

Student Mentees

The SHTM distributes programme application forms to all eligible students, usually in November, and matches each approved applicant with a student mentor.

Student Mentors

Alumni applicants should have at least five years of experience in the hotel and tourism industry. The School also recruits non-alumni applicants such as senior-level or experienced personnel in hotels, travel agents and catering organisations.

To learn more about the SHTM Mentorship Programme, please contact:

Dr Eric Chan
Tel: +852 3400-2163
Fax: +852 2362-9362

Student Mentorship Programme application form

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