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Published: Wednesday March 13, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday April 18, 2013 MYT 12:48:24 AM

Gateway to the world of hospitality

INTI International College Penang (IICP) is collaborating with two of the world’s most outstanding hospitality schools, to offer students new programmes that open up a world of opportunities in related industries.

These include the Diploma in Hotel Management endorsed by Australia’s Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School touted as the leading institution of its kind in the Asia Pacific region.

Head of programme Christine Khoo said the two-year course prepares students for career opportunities at supervisory level, or progression to further degree studies.

“Professional skills are developed through a series of craft-based learning activities supported by theoretical courses and internship stints. Students will also learn fundamental subjects related to business, marketing, economics and operations.

“Those who successfully complete the programme, will have the chance to complete a 15-month degree at the Australian institution,” she said, inviting school leavers to visit their booths at the upcoming Star Education Fair 2013 to find out more.

Another course offering, the Diploma in Culinary Arts, offered in partnership with the United States’ Kendall College, is specially designed to help students develop practical culinary and entrepreneurial skills.

The areas of specialisation are in kitchen and larder, as well as patisserie. Graduates of this programme will receive dual certification — from the Chicago-based Kendall College and INTI.

“The college’s stringent quality control of syllabus and assessment has made it Chicago’s number one programme for preparing students for culinary careers.

“It grooms future chefs with a balanced focus on practical and entrepreneurial skills in the area of culinary and food service operations,” Khoo pointed out.

She added that the college’s hospitality education is shaped by an ideal balance of theoretical knowledge and practical training, with students trained to develop leadership qualities, confidence and resourcefulness, and learn how to analyse, strategise and make quick decisions.

The new diplomas allow one to pursue more than a career within the kitchen, or hotels. Graduates can venture into research and development, start their own business, and work for top hotels and restaurants around the world.

IICP’s international reputation is also shaped by its world-class academic programmes, combined with high-quality industry internships in both Malaysia and abroad.

In addition, state-of-the-art facilities and the development of strong management, interpersonal, language and cultural skills, provide a distinct advantage to graduates when they advance to higher studies or embark on challenging careers.

Students of INTI benefit not only from the institution’s 25 over years of experience and strong track record, but also gain from the global synergy and resources that Laureate International Universities provides.

INTI is part of Laureate, which has a presence in 29 countries, with more than 60 accredited campus-based and online universities, serving over 740,000 students globally.

The college will be one of 88 exhibitors in 258 booths taking part in The Star Education Fair 2013, which has been touted as the northern region’s biggest one-stop education extravaganza.

It will be held on March 23 and March 24 at the Penang International Sports Arena in Relau. Career talks will also be held during the fair for school leavers who wish to obtain a clearer direction in pursuing their tertiary education.

For details, call 04-6473388. Admission is free.

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