Hos­pi­tal­ity and culi­nary ex­cel­lence

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THE School of Hos­pi­tal­ity, Tourism and Culi­nary Arts (SHTCA) at KDU Pe­nang Uni­ver­sity Col­lege was es­tab­lished in 1991.

It was the first to of­fer a Diploma in Ho­tel and Cater­ing Man­age­ment in north­ern Malaysia.

In 1997, en­deav­our­ing to be the best hos­pi­tal­ity, tourism and culi­nary arts school in the re­gion, KDU es­tab­lished a Swiss ho­tel school part­ner­ship with IMI Switzer­land. It be­lieves that to be at the top, stu­dents too have to start there.

It is now the only hos­pi­tal­ity school in Malaysia to of­fer a com­plete in­ter­na­tional Swiss syl­labus.

SHTCA’s part­ner school, the In­ter­na­tional Man­age­ment In­sti­tute Switzer­land (IMI), is a pri­vate school that of­fers cut­ting-edge hos­pi­tal­ity ed­u­ca­tion.

It is a renowned in­ter­na­tional ho­tel man­age­ment school with strong links in all con­ti­nents of the globe and its grad­u­ates can be found in se­nior man­age­ment po­si­tions all around the world.

Their suc­cesses show the rewards from start at the top.

Train­ing fa­cil­i­ties are sec­ond to none, with pro­fes­sional com­mer­cial kitchens, stand­alone patis­serie and garde manger demo kitchens, “Bon Ap­petit” fine-din­ing restau­rant, an al­fresco cafe “Bar 91”, a cock­tail Mixol­ogy Lab and Event Man­age­ment fa­cil­i­ties.

Stu­dents also have hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence in a mock-up Hos­pi­tal­ity Train­ing Suite and front of­fice, de­vel­oped in Oc­to­ber 2013, in part­ner­ship with Hol­i­day Inn Re­sort Pe­nang; again a first in the na­tion.

SHTCA cur­rently part­ners with Equa­to­rial Ho­tel and re­named this as “Equa­to­rial Suite”.

A com­bi­na­tion of work and study modes are in­cor­po­rated into the cur­ricu­lum, thereby al­low­ing stu­dents to tran­si­tion eas­ily from col­lege to the work­place.

It is also a mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Ice Cream, Pastry and Choco­late (FIP), Pe­nang Chef’s As­so­ci­a­tion (PCA) and Malaysian As­so­ci­a­tion of Ho­tels (MAH) Pe­nang Chap­ter.

Through­out the years, the school re­mains in close rap­port with not only its in­dus­try part­ners, but also its stu­dents and staff.

The school is also un­der con­stant re­view by some lead­ing in­dus­try prac­ti­tion­ers who, as mem­bers of its ad­vi­sory board, en­sure com­pli­ance with best prac­tice.

For their work ex­pe­ri­ence lead­ing to pos­si­ble job out­comes, stu­dents can choose path­ways from in­tern­ship to man­age­ment trainee­ship in global ho­tel groups from SHTCA’S world­wide net­work of top five-star ho­tels.

The in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure gained from a world­wide in­tern­ship place­ment gives KDU’s grad­u­ates an edge in ex­pe­ri­ence and a wider global per­spec­tive.

The SHTCA’s grad­u­ates are em­ployed as ex­perts in renowned ho­tels and ser­vice-re­lated in­dus­tries all over the world, and will con­tinue to be highly sought af­ter in the past, the present and the fu­ture.

SHTCA cur­rently of­fers: > Diploma in Ho­tel Man­age­ment, de­signed to re­sem­ble an ap­pren­tice­ship-train­ing pro­gramme on top of the class­room ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion ex­pe­ri­ence they re­ceive from KDU Pe­nang Uni­ver­sity Col­lege.

> Amer­i­can Ho­tel and Lodg­ing Ed­u­ca­tional In­sti­tute (AHLEI) will give stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to ob­tain a global in­dus­try-recog­nised hos­pi­tal­ity man­age­ment diploma from.

> Diploma in In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel & Tourism Man­age­ment, which of­fers stu­dents a choice of man­age­ment and prac­ti­cal as­pects of the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try.

> Diploma in Pro­fes­sional Chef Train­ing, which 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, de­signed for stu­dents to take on se­nior man­age­ment roles in the tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­tries.

■ For more en­quiries on KDU Pe­nang and its cour­ses, visit its campus at 32, Jalan An­son, Ge­orge Town or call 04-238 6368 to speak to its coun­sel­lors.

Se­nior lec­turer Prakash Je­gath­e­san with SHTCA stu­dents. Pres­ti­gious Swiss train­ing model guar­an­tees that KDU Pe­nang stu­dents are fa­mil­iar with in­dus­try stan­dard tools, and are equipped with prac­ti­cal knowl­edge and skills to re­main com­pet­i­tive and mar­ketable in the fu­ture.

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