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    September 29, 2006
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IFEA Names Temple University’s Event Leadership Executive Certificate Program “Best in the World”

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The International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) selected Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) Event Leadership Executive Certificate Program as the winner of its Haas & Wilkerson Gold Pinnacle award for the best Event Management Certificate Education Program in the events industry worldwide.

Approximately 300 institutions of higher education offer courses, certificates or degrees in events education worldwide.

 “This honor is unique because it is the first time the award has been bestowed on an institution of higher education,” said Dr. Joe Goldblatt, senior lecturer at Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management and the executive director of the event leadership program. “Temple has not only won wide acclaim for this program, but it also sets the mark that others must meet or exceed in the future,” he added.

Temple’s Event Leadership Executive Certificate Program includes courses in event solution processes, event outcomes, event sustainability, cooperative event leadership, entertainment and production, sponsorship and fundraising, and other related areas.

“We’re proud that Dr. Goldblatt chose to join Temple University in 2004 and to produce this program, the only program in the world to include all six professional certification programs in the meetings and events industry,” said Elizabeth Barber, associate dean of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management.

The six certifications include Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), Certified Exposition Manager (CEM), Certified Festival and Event Executive (CFEE), Certified Professional Events Professional (CSEP), Certified Incentive Travel Executive (CITE) and Certified Meeting Manager (CMM).

Students in the program usually have three to seven years of industry experience, and the faculty members are seasoned professionals.  They include producers of the Super Bowl Half-Time Spectaculars, event hall of fame recipients and leaders in the events industry.

For more information on the Temple University’s Event Leadership Certificate Program, see www.temple.edu/STHM/el.

The IFEA, founded 50 years ago, has members from 40 countries and five continents and is considered the top professional association in the world for festival and events leaders. Members include producers of the Rose Bowl Festival and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  The IFEA awards were sponsored by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance.

Temple’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) offers quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs in sport and recreation management and tourism and hospitality management and is the Greater Philadelphia region’s leading provider of management talent in tourism, hospitality, and sport and recreation. All degrees feature curricula that integrate the latest developments in e-business, research methodology, and management theory and practice. 


Contact Vince Paravecchia, 215-204-8102, vincent.paravecchia@temple.edu

or Lisa Meritz, 215-204-6427, lzmeritz@temple.edu




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