Excellence in hospitality
ESTABLISHED in 1991, KDU Penang University College (KDU Penang)’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts (SHTCA) is recognised as the pioneer in the northern region, as well as the first renowned hospitality, tourism and culinary arts school in Penang. Providing quality education to future hoteliers and chefs since the partnership of SHTCA with IMI International Management Institute Switzerland was established in 1997, KDU Penang has become the first private university college to offer Penang heritage tours, competitions, hotel familiarisation, hospitality weeks and international days that enliven the learning experience.
Strong industry linkages mean students can choose from a wide network of top five-star establishments locally as well as internationally, including pathways from internship to management traineeship in global hotel groups. To further enhance realworld learning experience, the school features RM6mil worth of learning facilities in equivalence to professional commercial kitchens, food and beverage outlets and hotels in the industry.
This is KDU Penang’s commitment in ensuring students are familiar with the industry’s standard tools and are equipped with practical knowledge and skills to remain competitive and marketable in the future.
For those interested in pursuing a path towards becoming a highly employable chef or hotelier, these are the programmes that SHTCA currently offer:
Diploma in Hotel Management:
This Work-based Learning (WBL) Diploma in Hotel Management has a comprehensive industrial training practicum where the students apply what they learn in the classroom for six to 10 months in a paid internship programme. A partnership with five-star rated Hotel Equatorial Penang ensures that students learn on their job in the programme.
Diploma in International Hotel and Tourism Management:
This programme offers students a choice of management and practical aspects of the hospitality industry. The training mirrors that of IMI Switzerland’s methods and curriculum. The programme focuses on courses required for the industry by nurturing professionalism and characteristics that are essential for success in the industry.
Diploma in Professional Chef Training:
This diploma is specially designed for those with an undying passion in cooking yet still want to be able to climb into the management level. Not only will students discover various cooking techniques and technical subjects, they will also be exposed to supervisory skills needed to succeed upon graduation. This diploma provides a pathway of career opportunities in hotels, resorts, food service establishments, cruise lines and convention centres.
IMI 3+0 Bachelor of Arts International Hotel and Tourism Management:
This is designed for students to take on senior management roles in the tourism and hospitality industries. With a heavy emphasis on the strategic business development of hospitality and tourism organisation, students are well trained to take on responsibilities that will prove them to be invaluable to the industry. Upon successful completion of their dissertation, students are given the opportunity to continue and complete honours degree.
A total Swiss experience:
Students can have a once-in-alifetime opportunity in an allinclusive study trip to the IMI campus, in scenic Lucerne, Switzerland. TripAdvisor.
■ For details on KDU Penang and its courses, visit its campus at 32, Jalan Anson or call 04-238 6368 to speak to its counsellors.
Students are equipped with real-world knowledge to remain competitive in the future.