From October 30 to November 2, 2023, the International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE) held its 16th International Panel of Experts (IPOE) Forum at William Angliss Institute, Melbourne, Australia. THE-ICE IPoE Forum 2023 brought together representatives from TH&E (Tourism, hospitality, and events) research, education, and industry to address the theme “Leading Change in Challenging Times – Finding and Framing the Transformative TH&E graduates for the 21st Century”. Dusit Thani College (DTC), Thailand’s leading higher education in hospitality businesses under Dusit International, was represented by the rector, Khun Frouke Gerbens, Executive Dean Simon Lloyd, and Asst. Prof. Dr. Myla Medrano Loreto.
Executive Dean Simon Lloyd and Asst. Prof. Dr. Myla Medrano Loreto presented their paper, “Best Practices in the Integration of Leadership Competencies into Hospitality Education”. This paper was awarded as one of the recipients of THE-ICE Research Grant Scheme (RGS) 2023. THE-ICE RGS facilitates and promotes research by member institutions, supporting THE-ICE’s objective to enhance the quality of higher education in tourism, hospitality, events, and culinary arts. The presentation highlighted DTC’s pioneering approach to the student leadership program – Inspiring Hospitality Leadership (IHL) and how it is integrated into classroom instruction among all courses.
In addition, DTC also received THE-ICE & HOSCO Award for being the Most Active Alumni Community in THE-ICE Global Network.