President Bill Destler is traveling this week to Dubrovnik, Croatia, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for visits to two of RIT’s international campuses.
On the first leg of his trip, Destler is attending EuroCHRIE, a hospitality conference hosted by the American College of Management and Technology in Dubrovnik. Travel, tourism and hospitality educators and professionals from across Europe, the Middle and Far East and the United States are participating in the 29th annual event, which began on Oct. 19 and continues through Oct. 22.
Destler will next visit RIT Dubai on Oct. 24 for a new campus dedication ceremony and board meeting. He will be joined at the ceremony by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the minister of higher education and scientific research, and Mustafa Abushagur, president of RIT Dubai.
“RIT Dubai has come a long way in a short period of time,” Destler says. He plans to challenge RIT Dubai to join RIT’s main campus as one the world’s most sophisticated and hi-tech campuses. “We are well on our way, but we must keep the momentum going,” he says.
This year, about 200 students are enrolled at RIT Dubai.