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Sands China Team Members Graduate from University of Macau’s One-Year Diploma Programme

Fourth intake of students earn diplomas in business management  

(Macao, April 8, 2019) –
A group of 22 Sands China team members has completed the University of Macau’s customised one-year Diploma Programme in Business Management – the fourth intake of team members to do so.

Sands China Ltd. and the University of Macau’s Centre for Continuing Education honoured the group at a March 28 graduation ceremony at the university. The graduating team members come from a variety of gaming and non-gaming departments at Sands China, including table games, facilities, concierge and others.

The diploma programme is both practical and adaptable by design, and has been tailor-made for Sands China team members. The programme structure was further adjusted this year based on the university’s observation and study of previous cohorts of team members. Coursework was also updated to align with the company’s real-life business situations.

“Investing in our team members continues to be a top priority for Sands China,” said Wen Hongyan, senior vice president of human resources for Sands China Ltd. “A programme like this enables our team members to grow academically and professionally, which benefits them, our company, and the industry as a whole. We hope team members will continue to take advantage of this unique diploma programme and contribute their knowledge and skills to Macao’s development as a world centre of tourism and leisure.”

Sands China was the first company to work with the University of Macau to develop a one-year diploma programme, launching it in the 2014/15 academic year. Since then, more than 160 team members have earned diplomas, including this latest cohort. The next group of team members, 24 in total, have already begun their coursework.

Students in the programme must complete eight courses to graduate, comprising a total of more than 330 hours of coursework. Sands China supports their participation by sponsoring MOP 10,000 (equivalent to 55 per cent) of each student’s course fees, and by adjusting team members’ work shifts around their class schedules.

Sands China is committed to developing a well-trained workforce, and offers a variety of horizontal and vertical mobility opportunities to its team members – including through internal promotions and integrated resort career development programmes. The company is also dedicated to the training and professional development of Macao locals, including those not employed by Sands China – such as the staff of partner retailers – with the aim of contributing to Macao’s growth as a world centre of tourism and leisure.

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Sands China team members attend their graduation ceremony March 28 at the University of Macau, after completing the university’s one-year Diploma Programme in Business Management – a customised programme created specifically for Sands China team members.