LANGKAWI – The achievements by Langkawi Tourism Academy (LTA) in producing quality graduates to join the tourism and hotel management sector have gone beyond expectation, Higher Education Deputy Minister, Datuk Mary Yap said here, today.
She said the employability rate of graduates produced by the academy, run through the collaboration between Langkawi Community College and Taylor’s University, had rose to 97.13 per cent this year against 94.6 per cent recorded in 2014.
“They have exceeded the target. The students are well-equipped, in terms of disciplines and skills. Langkawi Tourism Academy has proven this point,” she told reporters after officiating the LTA Convocation at the Langkawi International Convention Centre here.
Following Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s announcement in tabling the 2016 Budget yesterday for another tourism academy to be set up in Kota Kinabalu next year, she said the success achieved at LTA would be taken as a model to realise this plan.
“The same model is going to be duplicated and its going to be called Kota Kinabalu Tourism Academy and details will be worked out,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Community College Education Department director-general, Datuk Amir Md Noor said halal and shariah-compliant spa would be a new training programme to be offered soon at LTA through the collaboration with the Northern Corridor Implementation Agency (NCIA). – BERNAMA