Asia Pacific CHRIE Federation
Margaret Heng, President, APacCHRIE Federation
COVID-19 has indeed resulted in changes in the way classes, seminars and meetings are delivered. Overnight, Zoom, Webex and Teams became almost household names for the delivery of home-based learning, meetings and webinars.
Against this backdrop, APacCHRIE decided to embark on a reimagining journey to redesign our services to our members. Hence, the first revamped service is making available a series of webinars for our members.
The initiative came to fruition on 29 July 2020, when APacCHRIE launched its inaugural webinar. The 1.5-hour webinar on “The Impact of COVID-19 on Hospitality Education“ was opened to all members and friends of APacCHRIE. It was a resounding success with close to 180 attendees. The keynote address was delivered by Professor Kaye Chon, Founding Chairman of APacCHRIE and Dean and Chair Professor, Walter & Wendy Kwok Family Foundation Professor in International Hospitality Management, School of Hotel & Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The panel discussion moderated by Assoc Professor Henry Tsai, SHTM, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, saw great inputs and sharing from the panelists, Dr Bongkosh Rittichainuwat (Siam University Thailand), Prof. Shirley V. Guevarra (The University of the Philippines), Dr Zhaoping (George) Liu (Singapore Institute of Technology), Prof. Robert Hsu (National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism), Prof. (Dr.) Manohar Sajnani (Amity University India).
The second webinar on “Top 10 Online Facilitation Skills for Effective Course Delivery” took place on 13 August 2020. It was co-facilitated by Dr. Andy Nazarchuk (International Educator, The Philippines), Professor Perry Hobson (unway University, Malaysia) and Mr. Alan Williams (Senior Higher Education, Consultant, Australia).
In September, the third webinar on “PLS-SEM: Some Key Insights” will take place and it promises to be yet another sellout session. More updates on this webinar will be shared in the next issue of Communique.
In the meantime, APacCHRIE has also made the decision to push ahead with its annual Conference but in a different form. It will be a hybrid of in-person and online. More information will be shared with the CHRIE family once the program is finalized. Make a date (in-person or virtual) with us at both our webinars and also at our Annual Conference which will be held from 27 to 28 October 2020.
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