KUALA LUMPUR: A group gathered at KDU University College’s booth to keenly watch the food and coffee demonstrations.
“Specialty coffee is very technical and is booming in Malaysia. So, KDU introduced coffee-making and barista-training into our Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Course one-and-a-half years ago,” said Lucas Looi, the barista instructor for the institution.
“This is an optional training that hospitality students can take at no additional cost,” he added.
“Not many universities are offering this. The skills the students obtain are very applicable.
“As they will be familiar with coffee terminology and equipment, they can work in cafes and hotels after they graduate,” said Looi.
KDU University College student Tracia Chan, 19, was present to make the freshly brewed cuppas.
“It’s good that we are educated on coffee knowledge, so even if we don’t make it as a chef, we have another option to fall back on,” said Chan.
Another booth that showcased its culinary prowess was Sunway Le Cordon Bleu.
The booth held cooking demonstrations, shared recipes and baked treats with the crowd, apart from having an interactive hands-on session where participants were taught how to make fondant roses.
Sunway Le Cordon Bleu general manager Ming Rathswohl Ho said Le Cordon Bleu’s courses focus on hands-on teaching with a maximum of 16 students to a chef instructor.
YTL International College of Hotel Management partnered with International College of Hotel Management (ICHM) in Adelaide, Australia to offer its unique programme to its students.
Under this twinning programme, students would take two years to complete a diploma in Malaysia before heading to Australia for another two years to get a Bachelor in Business (Hospitality Management) and a Bachelor of International Hotel Management (Swiss Hotel Management).
Only three places in the world are offering this course – Switzerland, Australia and Nepal, said ICHM career counsellor Tessa Rochfort.
DRB-Hicom University of Automotive Malaysia received many enquiries from parents and students on the programmes offered at the university, said marketing executive Jasny Farahliza.
“Students are able to apply and get waivers on their tuition fees, if applicable,” she said.
Funds for studies a big concern for many