eCornell Joins with Center for Hospitality Research to Offer Online Executive Education Opportunity

Contact:  Carol Zhe, 607.254.4504, caz9@cornell.edu

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eCornell Joins with Center for Hospitality Research to Offer Online Executive Education Opportunity
 
Ithaca, NY, March 10, 2009 – Thousands of employees at some of the world's foremost hospitality-related companies will gain preferred access to the online courses offered by eCornell, through a groundbreaking arrangement with Cornell's Center for Hospitality Research, eCornell, and the Office of Executive Education at the School of Hotel Administration. eCornell, which is a subsidiary of Cornell University, will become a full partner with the center in offering this opportunity.

As a benefit to its partners, the center, eCornell, and the Office of Executive Education have developed preferred pricing for employees of the center's partners. The online courses are designed to lead to one or more of ten certificates, which have been developed specifically for the industry by faculty members at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration and the Johnson Graduate School of Management.

“We continue to seek innovative and helpful methods to share research-based information with the industry, and to help industry practitioners improve their knowledge and skills,” said Jennifer Macera, associate director of the Center for Hospitality Research. “This is especially important in the current economic environment.”

“eCornell is excited to be working with the Center for Hospitality Research in this new type of partnership,” added Chris Proulx, chief executive officer of eCornell. “eCornell has been working extensively with the hospitality industry since 2002 and we are pleased to provide this additional opportunity for industry employees.”

With a substantial discount on eCornell's courses, partner employees will be able to earn a key credential in their field, including the Certificate in Strategic Hospitality Management, Master Certificate in Foodservice Management, or the Certificate in Hotel Real Estate Investment & Asset Management. Other certificate programs focus on revenue management, hospitality marketing, and leadership.

About eCornell

eCornell, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cornell University, provides many of the world's leading organizations with online, asynchronous professional and executive development in the areas of strategy, leadership and management development, human resources, financial management and hospitality management. Its proven course development model and instructor-led course delivery provide for engaging, rigorous and interactive learning. The company has delivered over 110,000 courses to students in 180 countries. For more information, visit www.ecornell.com.

The Office of Executive Education (OEE) at Cornell's School of Hotel Administration facilitates interactive learning opportunities where global hospitality professionals and world-class Cornell faculty explore, develop and apply ideas to advance business and personal success. In partnership with eCornell the OEE offers a wide range of online courses. In addition, OEE offers classroom-based programs that target specific hospitality management topics. All programs are developed to address the ever-changing needs of hospitality professionals and organizations.  Visit http://www.hotelschool.cornell.edu/industry/executive.

About The Center for Hospitality Research
A unit of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, The Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) sponsors research designed to improve practices in the hospitality industry. Under the lead of the center's 77 corporate affiliates, experienced scholars work closely with business executives to discover new insights into strategic, managerial and operating practices. The center also publishes the award-winning hospitality journal, the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly. To learn more about the center and its projects, visit www.chr.cornell.edu.
 
Center partners and sponsors: AIG Global Real Estate Investment, American Airlines Admirals Club, Davis & Gilbert LLP, Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, Denihan Hospitality Group, eCornell & Executive Education, Expedia, Inc., Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Fox Rothschild LLP, FX Real Estate and Entertainment, Inc., General Growth Properties, Inc., HVS, InterContinental Hotels Group, job.travel, Jumeirah Group, LRP Publications, Marriott International, Inc., Marsh's Hospitality Practice, McDonald's USA, Mobil Travel Guide, Inc., Philips Hospitality, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Proskauer Rose LLP, SAS, Smith Travel Research, Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc., SynXis (a Sabre Holdings Corporation), Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, Thayer Lodging Group, TIG Global, Thompson Hotels, Travelport, WATG, and WhiteSand Consulting

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