JOHOR BARU: In efforts to provide students with a more holistic education and make way for working life, Sunway College Johor Baru (SYCJB) has recently launched a new facility for its hospitality students, which provides a hands-on practice in various aspects of hotel operations and services.
The college’s principal and chief executive Hor Poh Choo said the hospitality industry in Johor had been flourishing since the initiation of Iskandar Malaysia, as developments are fast taking place.
“Developments of tourist attractions such as Legoland Malaysia and Puteri Harbour Indoor Themepark, has created a demand for industry-ready professionals in the tourism field,” she said.
She added that the increase for hospitality and service-related programmes led the college to establish a Hospitality Education and Training Centre (Hostec), which is a training facility dedicated to students under the hospitality programmes.
“With Hostec students can practice their hotel operations and services skills right here at the college.
“Among the facilities provided is a mock office reception, guestroom, bar, kitchen, restaurant, which replicates an actual hotel set-up to give the students a realistic picture of the industry,” she said.
Hor also said that since there was a spike in the number of students enrolled in their Diploma in Hotel Management, and with the newly launched Certificate in Hotel Operations programme, the facility would surely be put to good use.
She added that student would be receiving guidance during training sessions before they sit for a compulsory internship module known as the Supervised Work Experience.
Among those who attended the launching ceremony were members of the board of director, as well as staff and students from the hospitality programmes..
Intakes for the Certificate in Hotel Operations and Diploma in Hotel Management are in April and August.