Message from the Federation President
Dear members and colleagues,
An APacCHRIE member since 2007, a freshman in membership terms, I recently took time to reflect on my APacCHRIE journey and to contemplate where this path could lead us. Although not a witness to APacCHRIE's inception in 2003, I have been fortunate enough to be a part of much of the excitement. CHRIE has evolved from an American organisation with multiple chapters into ICHRIE, an international organisation with four US (West, Central, Northeast and Southeast) federations, EuroCHRIE and of course APacCHRIE.
Although we are the youngest Federation, APacCHRIE plays a significant CHRIE role. We have perhaps the largest future membership growth in one of the world's most dynamic hospitality and tourism regions. The rapidly growing industry and the many challenges we face make me ponder the APacCHRIE of the future. Questions constantly at the forefront could dramatically change who we are today and what we might become in the future, these include:
What will education look like in the future, given our ever-changing marketplace and technologies? Trends include blended learning models, eLearning, student management systems, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Facebook as an educational tool, YouTube channels and emerging innovations that affect how we interact with, and teach, our students.
What might the future research agenda look like as most governments spend less in this area and enterprises or industry are asked to spend more?
What is the future of publishers in this information age, are they a dying breed, part of emerging education consortia, or something else?
And one of the most important considerations is the human touch. What will become of membership organisations like ours, providing myriad opportunities for collegial information sharing partnerships, professional development opportunities, engagement with students, graduates and industry, and quite simply a perfect forum for meeting like-minded people and making friends?
I lack answers to these questions, and will rely upon APacCHRIE, a strong membership based organisation. Led by a strong executive team, a number of dedicated Board members and professionals, each of whom volunteers to the cause of serving our members, we face the future with high confidence and optimism. APacCHRIE will help us find answers and in doing so have fun in our learning along the way.
I hope to serve you well and look forward to speaking with you over the coming months, and to welcoming old and new members to the 2014 APacCHRIE conference hosted by Taylors University in Kuala Lumpur. Here’s to another great year!