Introduction

  As the time passes, the changes in the social structure and demands have brought new faces to the global economic development. Nowadays, people put much more emphasis on sport, leisure, tourism and hospitality. This emphasis has brought about the prosperity of leisure and tourism industry in recent years and such industry plays a crucial role in sustainable development of Taiwan’s economy. In response to this socioeconomic trend, our Graduate Institute of Sport and Leisure Management is merged with Graduate Institute of Hospitality Management to become Graduate Institute of Sport, Leisure and Hospitality Management (SLHM).

  The former Graduate Institute of Sport and Leisure Management set up its preparatory office in 1998, and was officially founded in February, 1999. First student admission began in summer 1999 and in 2002 the continuing education program was also put in place for those with day jobs. Graduate Institute of Sport and Leisure Management was always devoted to equipping students with expertise in related industries. With this goal, various courses were provided to students, including academic curriculum incorporated with practicality.

   The other former graduate institute – Graduate Institute of Hospitality Management – used to be under Department of Human Development and Family Studies. In 2001 Department of Human Development and Family Studies initiated the master’s and doctorate programs for its Nutrition and Hospitality Track. In 2005 Hospitality Track was set apart and renamed as “Hospitality Management and Education Track.” In August 2008,  Graduate Institute of Hospitality Management and Education was officially founded, under Department of Human Development and Family Studies. In summer 2010, the graduate institute was switched from College of Education to College of Management, and was renamed in the following year as “Graduate Institute of Hospitality Management”. Aiming at the leadership cultivation in the field of hospitality management, our graduate institute designs a well-rounded curriculum with emphasis on “practicality, theory, and research.” 

  To keep up with the current economic trends, as well as university policies, as of the 2012 academic year, the Graduate Institute of Sport and Leisure Management and the Graduate Institute of Hospitality Management are combined to become the Graduate Institute of Sport, Leisure and Hospitality Management (SLHM). With diverse, international and specialized curriculum design, we hope to bring new energy to the sport, leisure and hospitality industries in Taiwan.