Undergraduate Focus: The Blue Mountains Advantage for top hospitality education
AN ideal balance of theoretical knowledge and practical training shapes the learning experience of INTI International College Subang (IICS)’s Diploma in Hotel Management (DHM) students and provides them with ample opportunity to practice what is learned.
The DHM programme is affiliated with Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS), the number one hospitality management school in Asia Pacific and Australia. The two-and-a-half year course provides a global study perspective and hands-on training opportunities for students as they will be guided by some of the world’s leading experts in hospitality.
In the first year of the DHM course, students are exposed to the operational aspects of hotel management in areas such as kitchen management, culinary skills, F&B management and commercial cooking.
In Year 2, students are groomed to develop managerial and leadership skills and become independent. They will also undergo an internship that will give them experience in real-life working environments.
“The programme will help students develop knowledge and skills to operate and manage all departments -— frontdesk, kitchen, F&B — which is important towards the grooming of a general manager in any establishment, including hotels, resorts, restaurants, bars and events management companies,” explains Dominic Szambowski, IICS’s Acting President and Executive Dean, School of Hospitality, Tourism & Management.
Through ‘problem-based’ and ‘project-based’ learning approaches, DHM students develop problem-solving, analytical, leadership and teamwork abilities. Field trips to food and hospitality service establishments and participation in seminars and workshops are part of the holistic learning experience.
Graduates can use their education and training to establish their own businesses like restaurants, bars, hotel consultancy and recruitment companies. They also have the opportunity to pursue degree studies at BMIHMS in Australia. Students may enrol for an accelerated 15-month international hotel and resort management programme, which includes an internship overseas.
Mohibur Rahman from Dhaka is a good example of ambitious and far-thinking students of the DHM programme. Drawn to Malaysia by INTI’s reputation as a leading hospitality education provider, he consistently achieves excellent results, a CGPA of 3.83 being the latest.
“My plans are to pursue a degree at BMIHMS in Australia, after which I will work for a few years before starting a restaurant of my own that serves western and Asian cuisine,” says the confident young man who is thankful for the friendship and guidance extended by his lecturers and friends at IICS. “I want my family to be proud of me and I’m happy to have INTI as my starting point for success.”
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