THE-ICE 8th IPoE Forum 2014


Developing Quality and Value-adding to Partnerships between Institutions & Industry

11th – 14th November 2014

Proudly hosted in Darwin, Australia,

by Charles Darwin University School of Business & School of Service Industries.

The IPoE 2014 drew participants from 13 countries, and built on preceding IPoE themes by focusing on current strategic issues facing tourism, hospitality and events (TH&E) education. IPoE 2014 featured a series of invited presenters, including leading international TH&E educators and industry experts, who facilitated panel sessions and breakout workshops. In addition there were a select number of academic paper presentations from which the IPoE 2014 Best Paper Award and IPoE Best Poster Paper Award were selected.

Welcome and Official Opening 

Welcome to Darwin and Charles Darwin University, Ms Morag McGrath.

Welcome to Country, Ali Mills.

Official opening – MCs

  • Ms Pauline Tang, CEO, THE-ICE.
  • Prof Giselle Byrnes, Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts, Charles Darwin University.
  • Prof (FH) Eva Werner, Chair, THE-ICE Board and Rector, IMC University of Applied Sciences, Krems Austria.

Panellists & Presenters

Keynote Presentation

Ms Rachel ArgamanCEO, Toga Hotels, Australia. View Presentation.

Panel One – Global partnerships

Focus: How can we encourage establishment of partnerships to allow greater student and staff mobility?

Chair: Mr Guy Bentley, CEO, Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, Sydney Australia.


Panel 2 – Education pathways & challenges

Focus: What are the potential impediments of education pathways and recognition of prior learning for students moving between VET and HE? What domestic and international implications are there?

Chair: Prof (FH) Eva Werner, Rector, IMC University of Applied Sciences, Krems Austria. View Presentation.


Panel 3 – Industry expectations

Focus: Regional and global perspective on industry expectation and how industry and education providers collaborate to overcome the challenges of graduates meeting these expectations.

Chair: Mr Bharat Desai, Head, School of Business & Service Industries, Charles Darwin University, Australia.


Panel 4 – The reality gap

Focus: The challenges and advantages of the current status quo from VET & HE graduate perspective. What can education providers improve on to make students more employment-ready?

Chair: Mr Nicholas Hunt, CEO, William Angliss Institute, Melbourne Australia. View Presentation.


  • Dr Craig Thompson, Academic Dean, Stenden Hotel Management School, Stenden University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands.
  • Mr Albert Toh, Director, ASPIRE Project Office, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore.
  • Prof Dr Oswin Maurer, Prof of Marketing, Directing TOMTE – The Competence Centre in Tourism Management and Tourism Economics, Free University of Bozen, Bolzano, Italy.
  • MA Christina G Aquino, Executive Director for Planning and Development, Lyceum of the Philippines University, Manila, Philippines. View Presentation.


MOOCs – Connecting THE-ICE Institutions and Students

Focus: Developing MOOCs within the private vocational and higher education arenas.

Incorporating the academic paper presentation by authors Prof Jamie Murphy & Ms Laurel Horton-Tognazzini entitled ‘Measuring MOOCs’. View Presentation.

Chair: Prof Jamie Murphy, Research Director, Australian School of Management, Perth, Western Australia.


Academic Paper Presenters

Facilitators: Prof Dr Oswin Maurer, Free University of Bozen, Bolzano, Italy & Prof Brian King, Associate Dean, Executive Education & Partnership, and Professor, School of Hotel & Tourism Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Paper Presentation 1 – Industry Collaboration in Higher Education: a case study of two Australian Hospitality schools.

  • Simon Pawson, Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School & Coralie Morrissey, William Blue College of Hospitality Management (Think Education). View Paper Presentation.

Paper Presentation 2 – Sexual Harassment of Kitchen Department’s Staff In Hotel Business: A Study of Perspectives from the Internship Students.

  • Sanit NooninInstructor of Business Administration Office, Faculty of  Hospitality Industry, Dusit Thani College, Bangkok, Thailand. View Presentation.

Paper Presentation 3 – Curriculum Benchmarking through the Curriculum Map.

  • Stuart Wiggins, Academic Services Manager Think Education & Dr Rajka Presbury, Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School. View Presentation.