College of Tourism was established in 2004. Her predecessor, the Tourism Department of Huaqiao University, which started in 1984, was the one of the first eight tourism colleges with the approval of China Education ministry. It is the member unit of “ China’s top 10 tourism colleges”, and also the first school in China that recruits overseas undergraduate, graduate and PhD. Students. Currently there are more than 1,100 students studying in the college, including over 100 graduate students, 140 overseas students and 80 minority students. Over 3,000 students graduated in the past 30 years. Thousands of them had made enormous contributions to the Hospitality and Tourism Industry and achieved prominent and remarkable success in both academic and industry fields. The present Dean is Prof. HUANG Yuanshui; the Party secretary is Prof. WU Chun’an; the vice Deans are Associate Prof. CHEN Jinhua and Prof. XIE Chaowu.
College of Tourism has a staff of 53 qualified faculty members. Among them 38 are full-time teachers, 24 professors and associate professors and 26 Doctors. Many teachers are also shouldering important social and academic responsibilities. Such as the Director and Secretary of Tourism management Education Committee of Higher Vocational Education of Education Ministry, member of National Tourism Graduate Degree Steering Committee, member of Food and Beverage and hospitality Higher Vocational Education Steering Committee, member of Tourism Geography Professional Committee of the Geographical Society of China, Vice-chairman of Education Branch of China Travel Organizers, Vice-chairman of Fujian travel Association etc.
College of Tourism also hire a number of famed specialists and scholars from outside the school to be part-time professors, including Prof. FAN Weicheng(Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering), Prof. DAI Bin(Dean of Chinese Tour Research Institute), Associate Prof. XIAO Honggen(School of hotel and tourism management, Hong Kong polytechnic university), Prof. WU Bihu(member of International Tourism Research Institute) ,Prof. ZHANG Lingyun (Editor-in-Chief of “Tourism Tribune”), Mr. ZHANG Jianzhong (GM of Macau CTS hotel management co., LTD), etc.
College of Tourism has a complete personnel training system with one Doctorate program, three Master's programs, four bachelor's programs . Tourism management Doctorate program is one of the four doctoral disciplines II; tourism management bachelor's program is the national characteristic professionalism. Moreover, the College is also one of the first school that has been qualified to recruit MTA（Masters of Tourism Administration）.
College of Tourism consists of 4 Departments: Tourism Management, Human Geography and Urban and Rural Planning, Hotel Management, and Event Management. In addition, the college also owns an MTA Education Center and a Tourism Experimental Center.
With a high capacity for scientific research, of Tourism has 9 academies, such as Cross-Straight Travel Institute, Fujian and Macao institute and Tourism Safety Institute, which was one of the first 5 institutes set up by Chinese Travel Academy, taking charge and completing nearly 40 provincial and ministerial projects. The College is regarded as the leading school in tourism safety and security research and education in China.
Focusing on teaching, research and social service, College of Tourism has completed over 300 social projects in tourism planning, hotel management and industry development consultation. She also appointed some teachers to Ningde, Wuyi Mount, Xianyou, Taining and other important tourist destination to hang duty, which as provided great intellectual support to local tourism industry.
College of also build a great relationship with some oversea colleges and enterprises. Many teacher have oversea study and visiting experiences, and many students have been send to IFT Macau, University of Guam, Chandrakasem Rajabhat University and a number of universities in Taiwan for exchange learning. Since 2014, we have usefully set up an English teaching class to educate international tourism talents for the society.
College of Tourism values the whole-person education, and devotes to improve the practical teaching and extracurricular teaching. Currently we established over 20 teaching practice bases outside the campus including 5-star hotels and famous tourists attractions.The College also formed a combined system of culture and education for the students to enhance the quality of integrated cultural knowledge.
With the motto that “exploit the superiority, highlight the feature, lead in nation and go to the world” , College of Tourism will try to be first class nationwide and world famous school .