Information about ASTER
The Advanced School of Tourism Education of Rhodes (ASTER) was established in 1956, it was the first School of Tourism Education in Greece, since then it has been operating purely as a hotel School in the standards of the respective hotel School of Lausanne. ASTER was established at a time of a complete void in the field of advanced hotel education and therefore came to cover the shortage of staff of the Greek hotels that were in the first steps of its development. Together with ASTEK are the two Advanced Schools of Tourism Education that operate in Greece and belong to the Ministry of Tourism. The contribution of ASTER's graduates from the mid-60s to the present is very important in the development of the hotel industry (hospitality), not only because they staff hotels with excellent professionally trained management staff but also because it contributes to the staffing of other companies active in the general tourism sector. In addition to the wider tourism sector, the graduates of the School are active in the field of tourism education, staffing departments in the sector of tourism in technical vocational high schools, IEK, while several of them have occupied positions of teaching staff in Greek and international higher education institutions.
ASTER graduates having acquired professional training have gained the trust of the hotel industry, as a result they are preferred over other graduates, as testified by the fact that hundreds of hotel companies have been staffed and run by graduates of the School. Students are provided with - Free tuition - Paid internships - Opportunity to study abroad at postgraduate level. The aim of the training is to train competent and suitable executives for hotel, food and other businesses involved in the tourism sector.
The study duration lasts seven semesters. Each semester includes two courses. A) The Theoretical, begins in October of each academic year and ends in June of the following year, includs two teaching semesters winter and spring, and B) The Practical, a continuation of the Theoretical and an integral continuation of education, begins in July and ends at the end of September each year, for a total duration of 9 months. The students are placed under the care and supervision of the School in selected Hotel and Tourism Enterprises of 5 * and 4 * star category, throughout Greece, to complete their internship.