Hospitality Master’s Program Competencies: The Case of Russian Hotel Industry
This paper examines what kind of competencies the Russian hotel industry employers expect from hospitality MS graduates and compares them to the current Russian academic standards. The main data collection methods included content analysis of professional and educational standards and semi-structured interviews with hotel industry experts. The results of the study revealed that the competencies of the MS graduates were generally determined by the state educational standards. However, there was a discrepancy between the educational standards and the new professional standards applied in the hotel industry. Therefore, the need to monitor and match the educational outcomes with the industry requirements appears to be one of the main developmental problems in the Russian hotel sphere. This knowledge will help with better understanding of the complexities in the Russian hotel industry, which in turn will help Russian universities meet the hotel industry’s needs.