East Meets West – Hospitality Schools in Switzerland and Hong Kong Sign Student Exchange Program
October 16, 2013?– The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and Ecole h?teli?re de Lausanne (EHL) in Switzerland have recently entered into an agreement on launching a student exchange programme dedicated to the development of students, particularly in the areas of global outlook and cultural appreciation.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Professor Kaye Chon, Dean and Chair Professor of the SHTM, and Professor Michel Rochat, General Director of EHL, today (16 October) at the SHTM premises in Hong Kong. The signing ceremony was witnessed by important officials from Switzerland, senior management executives of the EHL and guests from the hotel industry. Among them were Mrs Rita H?mmerli-Weschke, Consul General of Switzerland in Hong Kong and Macau, Mr Andr? Witschi, President of the EHL Board of Governors, Mr Calvin Mak, Founder and CEO, Rhombus International Hotels Group Incorporation, as well as EHL Alumni Mr Felix M. Bieger, Adviser, The Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels Ltd., and Mr Fritz Sommerau, General Manager, Gateway Hotel.
Both institutions saw this agreement as the first step towards further collaboration. Under the MoU, each institution agrees to exchange students for a period from one semester up to one academic year. It is expected that the SHTM will receive 15 students from the EHL and send a similar number of students to study at the EHL during the same period.
Professor Rochat said the MoU was an important step to promote stronger links between the two institutions and provide added value for the students. “We hope to assist our students in their careers, fostering their development and employability. Enthusiastic and talented, our students are the school’s greatest asset. Enabling them to acquire experience, and especially to gain exposure to the Eastern market, is key to their career development.”
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