Sussex Coast College
The Hospitality & Catering Department at Sussex Coast College in nearby Hastings has a long history of success. The facilities at the newly opened Station Plaza are spacious, modern and well equipped. The college offers three Level 3 courses – Advanced Professional Cookery (Kitchen and Larder), Food and Beverage Service Supervision and Professional Patisserie and Confectionery.
Sussex Coast College is an excellent starting point for a career in Hospitality & Catering. You will be taught by industry professionals and the college has links to leading local businesses to arrange work placements and apprenticeship as well as exchange programmes in other European countries.
Sussex Coast College – Station Approach, Hastings, East Sussex, TN341BA. Telephone 01424 442222.
Top 10 European institutions specialising in hospitality and catering
1. Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland
The Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, founded in 1893, is recognised as the world’s first Hospitality Management School. EHL continually updates its programmes to meet the service industry’s ever-changing needs and boasts close ties with the Swiss and international hospitality industry. EHL offer three programmes to students aiming for top careers in the international hospitality industry. They are – Diploma in Hotel and Restaurant Manager, Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management and an Executive MBA in Hospitalty Administration.
2. Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Bluche – Switzerland
Les Roches has campuses in Switzerland, China, Spain and Jordan. Les Roches offers six academic programs, including a three-year Swiss Hotel Association hotel management diploma, a four-year bachelor of business administration degree in international hotel management and a one-year master of business administration degree in hospitality management. Students at Les Roches learn hotel management, service skills and kitchen operations, but also finance, accounting and marketing. Theory and practice combine to train students to succeed in the service industries. Each program has its own admission requirements, and educational counsellors are available for consultations.
3. Glion Institute of Higher Education, Glion & Bulle, Switzerland
Glion was founded in 1962 and now trains and educates 1600 students. They offer hospitality management programs at undergraduate, graduate and post graduate levels. The school considers applicants’ academic records, work experience, extracurricular activities, test scores and letters of recommendation before admission.
4. Hotelschool The Hague, Netherlands
Since its foundation in 1929, the Hotelschool has become an international school specialised in hotel management offering a four-year international Bachelor’s degree course. This degree course is also available as a two-year International Fast Track programme. Since October 2001, the Hotelschool offers in collaboration with Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) Erasmus University a one-year Masters programme in Hospitality Management. In July 2002 Hotelschool The Hague became a member of ‘The Leading Hotel schools of The World’, and in September of that same year it opened a second campus in Amsterdam. A small, autonomous and independent institute with approximately 1900 students, graduates from the Hotelschool have careers in hospitality companies around the world.
5. Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Marbella – Spain
Since it was founded in 1995, Les Roches Marbella has continually produced high quality hospitality managers for the industry. The courses combine the Swiss tradition of ‘perfection’ with an American educational ethos, resulting in a truly unique learning experience. The multicultural environment and internship opportunities worldwide prepare students for the demands of international hospitality.
Programmes of study are taught entirely in English and cover all the disciplines needed by a hospitality leader. Given the importance of languages in this industry, students also graduate with an additional modern language.
6. Hotel School Vatel, France
With a 30 year strong experience, Hotel School Vatel has 31 hospitality schools across the globe preparing around 7000 students a year for the rigours of the hospitality industry.
One fact the school is rightly proud of is its ability to secure employment for 100% of its students within three months of the course finishing. In 2010, Vatel Hospitality School received the award for the ‘Best Innovation in Teaching’ for the creation of The Vatel International Business Game, a game specially created for the training of future managers in international hospitality. Conceived by and for Vatel, it brings Master students from all the Vatel schools around the globe into competition, and transforms them into the managers of a hotel. The decisions of each team are scrutinised by an external organisation. The winning team, declared ‘Dream Team Manager’, is the one that finishes in first place in two social exercises.
7. Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom
The Oxford School of Hospitality Management has an impressive international reputation as one of the world’s principal providers of management education in its field. The course develops the knowledge, skills and attributes appropriate for effective and ethical management practice and leadership in the context of international hospitality. Drawing on the department’s strong worldwide industry contacts, the course promotes understanding of successful management and leadership practice in hospitality contexts. Students gain industry experience during a paid supervised placement year and, in addition, there are regular opportunities throughout the course to interact with senior industry figures including Ken Hom OBE, Raymond Blanc OBE, Madhur Jaffrey CBE, Rick Stein OBE and Michael Caines MBE, as well as companies such as Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
8. César Ritz Colleges, Le Bouveret, Brig – Switzerland
Named after legendary hotelierCésar Ritz , since 1982, César Ritz Colleges Switzerland has provided international hotel and tourism management education. Located on two campuses, the César Ritz Colleges Switzerland and Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland are situated in Le Bouveret, and the University Centre is in Brig, Switzerland. The courses include a Higher Diploma in Hotel & Restaurant Management, Advanced Certificate and Higher Diploma in Culinary Studies, Bachelor of International Business in Hotel & Tourism Management, Postgraduate Diploma in International Hospitality Management, Master of Science in International Hospitality Management, Master of International Business in Hotel & Tourism Management.
9. Ecole Hôtelière de Genève, Switzerland
École Hôtelière de Genève, Suisse (English: Geneva Hotel Management School, Switzerland ) is a private hospitality school founded in 1914 offering Higher Diplomas in hotel management. The Diploma is certified by the Ministry of Education of the Canton of Geneva and recognised officially by the Swiss Government. In 1914, a school focused on the restaurant and hospitality trade was formed at Neuchâtel Gastrosuisse. In 1951, the school moved to 12 Avenue de la Paix, in the mansion that housed the teacher and founder of the modern comic book, Rodolphe Töpffer. The school became the Hotel School of Geneva in 1996 and has since made great strives to offer a premium education in hospitality management. Courses include focuses on management, accounting, financial management, human resources, marketing and communication beside others.
10. Westminster Kingsway
Westminster Kingsway College has an excellent reputation within the industry and is recognised as one of the leading providers of education and training in the UK. The College has been accredited with the new national Training Quality Standard and is a centre of excellence for hospitality training.
Westminster Kingsway offers programmes to suit all skills and abilities. From improving professional chefs skills, to learning new management techniques, to attending a masterclass with the College’s team of expert chef lecturers or undertaking an Apprenticeship. The school, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010, offers a unique opportunity to study in central London for vocational qualifications that are tailored directly to the requirements of the industry.
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