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NYU-SCPS Tisch Center and Corinthia Hotels announce the “Alfred Pisani Corinthia Hotels” Scholarship and Internship and Management Training Programs

NYU-SCPS Tisch Center and Corinthia Hotels announce the “Alfred Pisani Corinthia Hotels” Scholarship and Internship and Management Training Programs ( NEW YORK, New York – The inaugural Alfred Pisani Corinthia Hotels Scholarship and the Tisch Center/Corinthia Hotels Internship and Management Training Program were formally announced recently at the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management.

NYU-SCPS Tisch Center Divisional Dean Bjorn Hanson announced the Alfred Pisani Corinthia Hotels Scholarship, established by Corinthia Hotels Founder and Group Chairman Alfred Pisani. Two US$10,000 scholarships will be awarded annually to financially needy and deserving undergraduate students who are pursuing degrees in the fields of hotel and tourism management. The inaugural scholars will be selected in May.

“Starting from the small island of Malta, 50 years ago, an island with only 400,000 inhabitants, I would have never assumed or begun to comprehend that the Corinthia brand would one day be connected with one of the world’s greatest universities, NYU,” said Pisani, “I give you my personal commitment that we will grow our relationship in a manner that both of our great brands and the people we serve will be proud of.”

Dean Hanson introduced the first Tisch Center/Corinthia Hotels Interns. Four students – Genevieve Arnold, Phillip Rogers, Christiana Vasilas, and Julia Zolotorov – will intern for eight weeks in Corinthia Hotels in Malta, London, Lisbon, and Budapest, respectively, in the summer of 2012. A fifth student, Joana Buiza, will spend her summer 2012 internship at Corinthia Hotels’ corporate headquarters in Malta.

“The Corinthia program we are announcing today is a reflection of Mr. Pisani's personal commitment to bright, optimistic, motivated young men and women, not only to generously support the cost of their education, but to provide international experiences that will be a lifelong memorable and valuable personal and career experiences,” said Hanson, who is also Co-interim Dean of NYU-SCPS, “The program announced today includes two significant scholarships, and a future phase includes a one-year executive development program with Corinthia for a Tisch Center graduate."

“I am pleased to add my thank you to Chairman Pisani and Corinthia for this wonderful combination of scholarships and experiences for Tisch Center students," said Jonathan M. Tisch, Chairman of Loews Hotels and Co-chairmanof the Board, and Office of the President of Loews Corporation.

PHOTO: Corinthia Hotels and the NYU-SCPS Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management held a reception last week to announce the first students taking part in the Tisch Center/Corinthia Hotels internship program. In attendance were (from L to R): Matthew Dixon, General Manager, Corinthia Hotel London; Donna Quadri-Felitti, Clinical Associate Professor, NYU-SCPS Tisch Center; Phillip Rogers, NYU-SCPS Tisch Center/Corinthia Hotels Intern; Joanna Buiza, NYU-SCPS Tisch Center/Corinthia Hotels Intern; Christiana Vasilas, NYU-SCPS Tisch Center/Corinthia Hotels Intern; Alfred Pisani, Founder and Group Chairman, Corinthia Hotels; Genevieve J. Arnold, NYU-SCPS Tisch Center/Corinthia Hotels Intern; and Bjorn Hanson, Divisional Dean, NYU-SCPS Tisch Center.


Corinthia is a collection of hotels founded by the Pisani family of Malta. The brand remains true to its roots as a family business, fired by a passion for craftsmanship, devotion to detail, and intuitive warm service. Each of its hotels and resorts, created in some of the most intriguing areas of the worldm is a tribute to local architecture and cultural traditions. The Corinthia portfolio includes the flagship Corinthia Hotel London, the award-winning Corinthia Hotel Budapest in Hungary, Corinthia Hotel Prague in the Czech Republic, Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg in Russia, and Corinthia Palace Hotel&Spa in Malta. The portfolio also features Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay in Malta, the Corinthia Hotel Tripoli in Libya, and the modern Corinthia Hotel Lisbon in Portugal.

The Corinthia Hotel brand is owned by International Hotel Investments plc., a publicly-traded company in Malta, which also acquires, develops, and owns Corinthia Hotels worldwide. The management of the hotels is entrusted to a subsidiary company CHI Hotels&Resorts Limited, which provides the full range of technical assistance and management services to hotel owners worldwide. CHI is the exclusive operator of the Corinthia brand.


Established in 1934, NYU-SCPS ( ) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of NYU-SCPS arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the school’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and continuing education programs in fields such as Real Estate and Construction Management; Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management; Global Affairs; Philanthropy and Fundraising; Graphic Communications Media, Publishing, and Digital Arts; Human Capital Management, Marketing, and Public Relations; with complementary strengths in the Liberal and Allied Arts; Translation and Interpreting; Management and Information Technology; and Finance and Taxation.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the school fulfills the recurrent continuing higher education needs of local and professional communities, as evidenced by 55,000 annual enrollments in individual courses, specialized certificate programs, conferences, workshops, seminars, and public events. The school’s community is enriched by more than 25,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members.

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