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Tourism Capacity Building with Local Government Units

The UP Asian Institute of Tourism conducted a series of Tourism Capacity Building seminars to local governments in the provinces of Quezon and Nueva Vizcaya. Headed by Dr. Reil Cruz, Director for the Division on Tourism Research and Extension Services DTRES), these seminars were conducted through the UPD OVCRD Extension Grant 2018-2019. The participants who attended were tourism designates and officers, as well as LGU elected officials.

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The AIT team with Nueva Vizcaya LGUs, Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Tourism Officer Marichelle Costales, and Nueva Vizcaya Governor Carlos Padilla (August 15-16, 2019)

Together with Dr. Cruz, Dr. Monina Buccat, DPA and Asst. Prof. Maria Carmela Ibañez, EnP comprised the team of resource speakers for the seminars. Tourism planning and development, tourism site development guidelines, and institutional strengthening for tourism were some of the topics discussed.

South Africa Student Engagement on Tourism

In coordination with the UP Office of International Linkages (OIL) Diliman, the UP Asian Institute of Tourism hosted delegates from the South African Embassy and South African Tourism organization last September 3, 2019. Attended by students, faculty, and staff, a forum on South African Tourism took place in the AIT audio visual room.

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Ms Neliswa Nkani, South Africa Tourism Hub-Head for Middle East, India and South
East Asia (MEISEA), discussing South Africa tourism to AIT students, faculty, and staff

Found on the southernmost tip of the African continent, South Africa is a parliamentary republic that is home to approximately 55 million multiethnic people. The Table Mountain, which is part of the UNESCO Cape Floral Region Protected Areas World Heritage Site, is one of the notable tourist attractions in the country (South African Tourism).

From left to right: Ms Neliswa Nkani (South Africa Tourism MEISA Hub-Head), Mr Boiki Motloung (South African Embassy Charge d’Affaires), Dr. Edieser dela Santa (AIT Dean), Director Imee S. Martinez (OIL Diliman)
AIT students, faculty, and staff together with the delegates from the South African Embassy and South African Tourism organization


Turnover Ceremony of Proposed Tourism Development Framework Plans to Select Municipalities of Pangasinan

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Dean Edieser D. Dela Santa of the University of the Philippines Asian Institute of Tourism (UP AIT), led the turnover ceremony of the proposed Tourism Development Framework Plans of the Municipalities of Binmaley, Bugallon, Calasiao, Manaoag, and San Fabian, Pangasinan on 3 August 2019 at the UP AIT Building, Diliman, Quezon City.

Ms. Maria Luisa Elduayan , Tourism Officer of the Provincial Tourism & Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO), representing the Provincial Government of Pangasinan, accepted the proposed framework plans.

The plans were prepared by the Graduate Diploma in Tourism Development and Management students, who were enrolled in Tour 283 during the Mid-year Semester 2019, in cooperation with the PTCAO and the tourism officers namely, Ms. Josefina C. Victorio of Binmaley, Ms. Rina Sison Canave of Bugallon, Engr. Melanio De Vera of Calasiao, Ms. Leng Tamayo – Ijiran of Manaoag, and Mr. Jonathan Gacosta of San Fabian.

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The plan preparation was supervised by Prof. Randi Alampay, Ph.D. and Prof. Maria Carmela Ibañez of UP AIT.

This undertaking was made possible through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed between the University of the Philippines and the Province of Pangasinan.

The turnover ceremony was also attended by Prof. Reil Cruz, PhD, Director of the Division of Tourism Research and Extension Services, Prof. Ma. Criselda Badilla, PhD, Director of the Division of Academic Affairs, Prof. Giovanni Legazpi, Institute Secretary, Prof. Monina Buccat, DPA, Graduate Program Coordinator, Prof. Susan Solis, PhD, Prof. Ma. Carmela Ibanez, Prof. Victoria Villegas-Bacay, Prof. Danielle Guillen, PhD, and Professorial Lecturer Danilo Corpuz.

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Program

To be eligible for admission to the B.S. Tourism Program, a student must either be a freshman or a transfer student from other UP campuses or other Colleges/Universities.

For incoming freshman students, you may view the University of the Philippines Office of Admission website for further details on the UPCAT.

For students from other UP units and other universities, applicants must have completed the following minimum requirements:

30 units          –           for UP Students (Shiftee/Transfer 1)

33 units          –           for non-UP Students (Transfer 2)

Applicants cannot make up for any inadequacy in the number of units by enrolling during the Summer after the application period. Tourism courses taken prior to application will not be considered for transfer purposes.

The General Weighted Average (GWA) requirements for applicants is at least:

2.00     –           for UP Students (Shiftee/Transfer 1)

1.75     –           for non-UP Students (Transfer 2)

Applicants must pass the interview by the AIT Admissions Committee and meet the quota set by the Institute.

Download the application documents here.


1. The first screening will be the number of units earned and the GWA.  All applicants must first pass the first screening.

2. The second screening will be the interview. Applicants who pass the first screening will be given a schedule of interview set by the Admissions Committee.

3. The applicants will be ranked according to:

40%  of the interview grade

60%  of the applicant’s GWA


Please submit your requirements to the following email addresses:

Shiftees and T1 applicants (UP Diliman and other UP campuses):
T2 applicants (Other universities):

Deadlines and important dates to take note of are as follows:

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Graduate Program

To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

1. Bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution of higher learning

2. At least one year work experience

3. Intellectual capacity and aptitude for advanced studies, as determined through an entrance exam and interviews by a Graduate Program Committee

4. Satisfaction of additional University requirements such as health clearance and other special admission requirements that may be imposed by the unit and/or the Graduate Program Committee

5. As per University policy foreign applicants whose medium of instruction in their previous degrees held is not English should have taken either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • For TOEFL, score of at least 500 in the paper-based, 173 in the computer-based or 61 in the internet based (IBT) test
  • For IELTS, score of at least 5.5 score in the exam


1. PSA Birth Certificate (photocopy upon application, original of PSA paper upon  admission)

2. Marriage Contract (photocopy upon application, original of PSA paper upon admission)

3. Official Transcript of Records or True Copy of Grades (photocopy upon application, original Transcript of Records upon admission)

4. Diploma (photocopy upon application, original upon admission)

5. Certificate of Employment/Contract of service or proof of previous employment or self-employment

6. Two (2) pcs. passport size photos

7. Two (2) completed recommendation letters from former or current employers, supervisors or professors. Each recommendation letter should be enclosed in a sealed envelope

8. Duly accomplished application form

9. Data Privacy Form

10. Application fee of Php 500

Download the application documents here.


Submit the required documents not later than NOVEMBER 25, 2020 to this email: Qualified applicants will receive notice on the schedule of exam and interview.

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About AIT

The University of the Philippines – Asian Institute of Tourism (AIT) is the premier institution of tourism education in the Philippines, the first school in Southeast Asia to offer a four-year degree program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Tourism. In January 2018, AIT opened its graduate studies program through the Graduate Diploma on Tourism Development and Management which leads to a Master of Science Degree in Tourism Development and Management. AIT is the only institution in the Philippines that focuses on equipping its students with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the complex processes of development and management of a globally competitive tourism industry.

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AIT Faculty and Staff with the graduates of Batch 2018

AIT’s mission is to upgrade the travel and tourism profession by providing high quality education and training to students who will be the industry’s future leaders, managers, entrepreneurs, and technical experts.

The B.S. in Tourism Curriculum debuted in 1976 as a course at the University of the Philippines. It was the first undergraduate degree in tourism offered in the Philippines and became the model for B.S. in Tourism programs that would be offered by other higher educational institutions in the country.

In line with the vision and mission of AIT, the B.S. in Tourism program aims to produce graduates who shall take charge of responsible stewardship of the tourism industry in the country and the Southeast Asian region. Taking into consideration standards set by Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Philippine Qualification Framework (PQF), and other external factors discussed above, as well as the vision-mission of AIT and the university itself, a graduate of B.S. in Tourism should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of sustainable tourism principles and practices.
  • Apply management principles and skills in the development and operations of tourism organizations
  • Formulate tourism plans
  • Work in a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary, and inter-disciplinary environment in a professional and ethical manner
  • Promote inclusivity, ethnicity, and gender sensitivity as skilled, knowledgeable, innovative, and ethical tourism professionals


Graduate Diploma in Tourism Development and Management

The Graduate Diploma in Tourism Development and Management (GDipTDM)  which leads to the Master of Science in Tourism Development and Management (MSTDM) program are intended to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the complex processes of development and management of a globally competitive tourism industry.

Both programs aim to contribute to the creation of an improved tourism society regionally and globally where the development of tourism is planned and there is proper stewardship of the natural resources and preservation of the local culture. The programs are designed primarily for persons who currently work in the tourism industry who are interested in augmenting their industrial experience with academic qualifications; those who hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualifications who are interested in pursuing studies in tourism.


Program Pre-requisites

It is preferred that applicants hold a tourism or tourism-related baccalaureate degree. The curriculum for the programs assumes a prerequisite knowledge base in the areas of Principles of Tourism (Tourism 110) and Tourism Management (Tourism 122).

Persons who are admitted whose prior training does not include adequate coverage of these areas will be required to pursue the above undergraduate courses. Such pre-requisite courses do not count towards the credit requirements of the diploma program.

Upon successful completion of these pre-requisite courses, students will be allowed to begin the Diploma program. Students are required to pass the coursework and exam components to pass the courses. In addition, other prerequisites may be required upon evaluation of the Graduate Program Committee.

Advancement to Master’s Program

In order to advance to the Master’s Program, students of GDipTDM must maintain a 1.75 GWA to advance to MSTDM. Graduates from the diploma program will be given three (3) years to be able to credit his/her units for continuation towards obtaining the Master’s degree. Beyond this period, the Graduate Program Committee will recommend additional course(s) depending on the changes made to the original courses taken by the student.

Within their first semester of enrollment in the Master’s Program, students must choose between MSTDM Plan A (thesis track) and Plan B (non-thesis track). Transfer from Plan A to B or B to A will be allowed depending on evaluation of students‘ performance and the recommendation of Graduate Program Committee.


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