Inti International College has unveiled Alkira, a restaurant and training ground for its hotel management programme students.
Alkira, which means sky in Australian aboriginal language, provides a real restaurant and kitchen for Inti Diploma in Hotel Management (DHM) students to receive practical training.
The Inti DHM programme is affiliated with Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School said to be the number one hospitality management school in Australasia.
Inti School of Hospitality executive dean Dominic Szambowski said the restaurant would offer an ideal balance of theoretical knowledge and practical training for the students.
"They will get the hands-on training here and hence, we believe, they will be well prepared for the job once they are finished with their studies." he said.
Szambowski said first-year students were exposed to the operational aspects of hotel management in areas such as kitchen management, culinary skills, food and beverage management, and commercial cooking.
The students are then groomed to develop managerial and leadership skills.
"Finally, they will undergo internship which gives experience in real-life work environment," he said.
The restaurant is open to the public for lunch from Wedneday to Friday, throughout the semester.
"It is open from noon to 2pm and advance booking is required." said Szambowski.
Also present at the opening were Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School chief executive officer Guy Bentley and Laureate Asia Pacific and Laureate Education Asia chief executive officer Samuel Yong.
First-year student Amelia Chew, 18, was excited at the opportunity to learn at Akira.
"We will get a chance to learn from some of the world's experts in the field," she said.
For reservations at Alkira, call 03-5632 2800.