SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) is a leader in applied education, delivering relevant, skill-oriented education to more than 50,000 people annually. SAIT offers two baccalaureate degrees, three applied degrees, more than 70 diploma and certificate programs, 37 apprenticeship trades and over 1,000 continuing education and corporate training courses.
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SAIT School of Hospitality and Tourism
1301-16 Ave NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2M 0L4
Establish year: SAIT was first established in 1916 as the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art (PITA) — the first publicly-funded technical institute in Canada.
Institutional control: Public.
Accreditation/affiliations: Affiliated with the Hospitality 100 Club, Hotel Association of Canada, Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association, Tourism Calgary, Chaine des Rôtisseurs, Travel Alberta, Skal International, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals, International Association of Travel Agents, Restaurants Canada.
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Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
Faculty and Staff:
Full-time faculty: 62
Adjunct faculty: n/a
Full-time equivalent faculty: 63
Teaching assistants: 4
International faculty: n/a
Doctoral faculty: n/a
Female faculty: –% n/a
Education Levels: Diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs
Full-time diploma programs
Baking and Pastry Arts
Travel and Tourism
One- year certificate program
Butchery and Charcuterie Management
Food and Beverage Leadership (online)
Certified Chef de Cuisine designation
Domestic tuition fee for 2016/17
Butchery and Charcuterie Management – $5,105
Baking and Pastry Arts – $9,742
Hospitality Management – $8,351
Professional Cooking – $10,575
Travel and Tourism – $8,112
Number of languages on offer: One – English
Number of students: 1,200
Number of female students: 65%
Number of international students: 6%
Class Sizes: Average of approx. 30 students up to a max of 40
Robert Allan Sulatycky, Principal Chef & Owner, Taste Restaurant Group, United States
Ian Wilson, Senior Vice President Hotel Operations, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Mourad Khiat, Head Pastry Chef, The Berkeley London, United Kingdom
SAIT is a leader in applied education, delivering relevant, skill-oriented education to more than 50,000 people annually. SAIT offers two baccalaureate degrees, three applied degrees, more than 70 diploma and certificate programs, 37 apprenticeship trades and over 1,000 continuing education and corporate training courses.
Students at SAIT study within eight academic schools – Business, Construction, Energy, Health and Public Safety, Information and Communications Technologies, Manufacturing and Automation, Transportation, and Hospitality and Tourism.
The School of Hospitality and Tourism is recognized worldwide for its progressive curriculum, state-of-the-art facilities and award-winning faculty. Guided by an influential advisory board of over 65 members and through continuous interaction with the hospitality industry, the school is committed to preparing students for successful careers.
SAIT’s School of Hospitality and Tourism trains nearly 1,200 students each year offering diploma, certificate, and apprenticeship programs, including:
Baking and Pastry Arts diploma
A top Baking and Pastry Arts program in Canada, this two-year diploma combines the craft of pastry with the art of baking, sugar artistry and fine artisanal chocolate production. Students receive over 1,400 hours in bakery labs learning best practices in both traditional and contemporary methods. In addition, students acquire important management skills on food regulations, customer service, costing, pricing and merchandising as they sell their baked goods in SAIT’s gourmet retail store.
Butchery and Charcuterie Management certificate
A one-of-kind educational experience in Canada, the Butchery and Charcuterie Management certificate provides students with comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge in meat science, processing and management. Considered a world-class facility, the butchery lab includes state-of-the-art curing chambers and smokers. Simulating an industry-style setting, this lab allows students to prepare and sell value-added proteins to paying customers.
Hospitality Management diploma
The Hospitality Management diploma uses a blended learning environment that includes classroom instruction, laptop delivery and live classroom environments. Training includes business management, hotel operations, wine and spirits appreciation, special events, marketing, human resources, accounting and much more. From planning and hosting one of Canada’s largest hospitality conferences to working in the renowned Highwood, students gain the practical skills employers are seeking.
Professional Cooking diploma
Delivered by renowned chefs, the Professional Cooking program covers all aspects of the culinary trade including foundational cooking techniques, garde manger, culinary perspectives and patisserie. Students train and interact with 20 leading culinary professionals in just two years.
Travel and Tourism diploma
With a five-star rating from the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies, the Travel and Tourism program trains students on leading industry software as they learn to use reservation systems, assess airfare, and gain a strong understanding of industry rules and regulations. Business management, events planning, accounting, law and entrepreneurship are key components of the curriculum. Unique to this program is the only student-operated travel centre in North America.
The Baker Apprentice program consists of approximately 80% of on-the-job training while the other 20% of the program consists of formal training led by exceptional SAIT instructors. Instruction is delivered using a personalized approach through small class sizes and specialized services dedicated to supporting apprentices, including individualized coaching and tutoring. Upon completion of their Alberta Journeyman Certificate, apprentices may apply to write the Interprovincial Exam, and if successful, are granted a Red Seal.
The Cook Apprentice program involves on-the-job training provided by an employer, and formal instruction provided by SAIT’s world-renowned chefs passionate about the trade. Upon completion of their Alberta Journeyman Certificate, apprentices may apply to write the Interprovincial Exam, and if successful, are granted a Red Seal.
At SAIT, students don’t just study the hospitality industry, they work in it. Each year, students provide service to over 400,000 guests in six outlets including the renowned Highwood, an award-winning restaurant; Destinations, SAIT’s on-campus travel centre; The Market Place, a popular SAIT bakery and retail shop; The Butchery, a world-class facility and butcher shop; 4 Nines Dining Centre, a busy campus cafeteria; and the downtown Culinary Campus where students prepare and sell gourmet cuisine to the bustling corporate crowd.
Offering an unparalleled educational opportunity to put theory into practice, SAIT’s hospitality students travel the world for international study tours, prestigious competitions, conferences and professional, paid internships. As an extension of the education students receive at SAIT, they are required to complete 320 – 480 hours of work experience from May to August. Passionate, self-starters, SAIT students have sought work opportunities in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, Spain and Dubai to name only a few. Highly regarded amongst employers, SAIT graduates are often hired on to become permanent, loyal employees. Today distinguished alumni boast of a 97% rate of employment.