A master’s touch

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Higher Education -

AT the bi­en­nial HOFEX, Asia’s lead­ing food and hospi­tal­ity tradeshow held in Hong Kong re­cently in May, Chong Suet Nie, a stu­dent from Ber­jaya Uni­ver­sity Col­lege of Hospi­tal­ity’s (Ber­jaya UCH) Fac­ulty of Culi­nary Arts clinched the gold medal in West­ern Hot Cook­ing / Ap­pren­tice: Lamb Rack, while course mate Ng Wei Xian won the bronze medal for West­ern Hot Cook­ing/ Ap­pren­tice: Whole Spring Chicken. The stu­dents were per­son­ally coached by their men­tors Chef Vin­cent Pang and Global Master Chef Jochen Kern.

Mean­while, at the re­cently con­cluded Ca­reers@Hil­ton (May 2017), Koh Kay Kim emerged as the cham­pion of Bar Cup, Jason Liew Jun Sheng as first run­ner-up for Barista Cup and Veron­ica Lim Siu Wen as first run­ner-up for Mar­ket­ing and Com­mer­cial Pitch. The team has been prac­tis­ing with lec­tur­ers Ku­maran Govin­dara­joo, Dewi Pratomo and Justin Ho.

“These stu­dents ex­celled in the face of stiff com­pe­ti­tion in the in­ter­na­tional arena and we are very proud of each one of them,” said Ber­jaya UCH vice-chan­cel­lor Emer­i­tus Prof Wal­ter Wong.

An­other stu­dent who ex­celled was John Tan, who emerged as the na­tional cham­pion in the Monin Cof­fee Cre­ativ­ity Cup (Open Cat­e­gory). Tan will be Malaysia’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the re­gional fi­nals in South Korea in Novem­ber.

“Tan was men­tored by one of our for­mer lec­tur­ers Shaun Liew,” said Ber­jaya UCH Bach­e­lor in Hospi­tal­ity Man­age­ment and Foun­da­tion in Hospi­tal­ity Head of Pro­gramme, Ron­ald Wil­lie Bi­nati.

“It is not un­usual to see stu­dents, lec­tur­ers as well as ex-lec­tur­ers stay back af­ter of­fice hours to prac­tise. We are for­tu­nate to have a bunch of very en­thu­si­as­tic and pas­sion­ate stu­dents to men­tor and work with. At the end of the day it is re­ally the stu­dents’ zeal and ded­i­ca­tion that have driven them to rise above the chal­lenge.”

At the Kuala Lumpur Mayor’s Tourism Awards (May 2017), the tri­en­nial awards pro­gramme spear­headed by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall and Kuala Lumpur Tourism Bureau, Ber­jaya UCH was awarded the gold award for Ed­u­ca­tion Tourism.

“All these awards came in the foot­steps of the uni­ver­sity col­lege be­ing voted Hospi­tal­ity In­sti­tu­tion of the Year (Re­gional) at the an­nual World Gourmet Sum­mit Awards of Ex­cel­lence cer­e­mony held in March in Sin­ga­pore,” said Ber­jaya UCH ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor/chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mae Ho.

“We are hon­oured to have re­ceived and ac­corded these awards both from the in­dus­try and var­i­ous gov­ern­ing bod­ies. With these awards, Ber­jaya UCH is fur­ther poised to be a leader in hospi­tal­ity ed­u­ca­tion at both the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional lev­els. We share the same val­ues with the in­dus­try by fo­cus­ing on nur­tur­ing hospi­tal­ity, culi­nary and tourism tal­ents in Asia.”

“It is my per­sonal be­lief that to be the best, we must as­so­ciate our­selves with the best – this is what we have al­ways strived to do at Ber­jaya UCH. It is our be­lief and vi­sion that Ber­jaya UCH grad­u­ates, af­ter hav­ing been groomed here will be able to gain recog­ni­tion for them­selves and their fu­ture ca­reers as out­stand­ing global pro­fes­sion­als. We are also grate­ful to the many in­sti­tu­tions and in­dus­try part­ners in our re­gional and in­ter­na­tional net­works who have col­lab­o­rated with us and helped us to pro­vide these op­por­tu­ni­ties to our stu­dents,” Ho added.

“With­out ques­tion, the Ber­jaya UCH im­mer­sion method­ol­ogy has proven to be a suc­cess­ful model in the de­vel­op­ment of our stu­dents be­yond the class­room en­vi­ron­ment,” Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor Wong pointed out.

“We have worked tire­lessly with our in­dus­try part­ners to pro­vide ex­po­sure for our stu­dents and our lec­tur­ers have also played a sig­nif­i­cant part in the process through their con­struc­tive en­gage­ment with the stu­dents to en­sure men­tor­ing and coach­ing are an in­te­gral com­po­nent of our stu­dents’ knowl­edge ac­qui­si­tion and skills de­vel­op­ment. This holis­tic ap­proach helps stu­dents reach their full po­ten­tial to pro­vide a seam­less tran­si­tion from be­ing a stu­dent to fu­ture lead­ers in the in­dus­try.”

Af­ford­able higher ed­u­ca­tion for ev­ery­one:

Ber­jaya Uni­ver­sity Col­lege of Hospi­tal­ity is work­ing to make higher ed­u­ca­tion more ac­ces­si­ble, af­ford­able and at­tain­able for ev­ery­one. The PTPTN (Per­badanan Tabung Pen­didikan Tinggi Na­sional or Na­tional Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Fund Cor­po­ra­tion) ed­u­ca­tion fi­nanc­ing scheme and Ber­jaya Busi­ness School schol­ar­ships are avail­able for Malaysian stu­dents. Its af­fil­i­a­tion with the Ber­jaya Cor­po­ra­tion Group of Com­pa­nies also al­lows it to host the Tan Sri Vin­cent Tan In­ter­na­tional Schol­ar­ship and Bur­sary 2017 avail­able to both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional stu­dents.

■ Visit Ber­jaya UCH at the Star Ed­u­ca­tion Fair 2017 at the Kuala Lumpur Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on June 10 and 11 at Hall 5, Booth No.B36, B37, B44, B45.

For de­tails on Ber­jaya UCH, visit http://www.ber­jaya.edu.my.

(From left) Ber­jaya UCH stu­dents Ang Wei Ming, Mong Zhi Ling, Chong Suet Nie and Ng Wei Xian were pleased to show their medals and cer­tifi­cates re­ceived at HOFEX, to­gether with Global Master Chef Jochen Kern, di­rec­tor Fac­ulty of Culi­nary Arts and Chef Vin­cent Pang.

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