Students and young professionals looking to pursue a career in hospitality management and the culinary arts can begin their journey this year at what promises to be the most advanced and internationally-integrated hospitality management school in Southeast Asia.
Introduced in 2016, Dusit Hospitality Management College (DHMC), nearing completion in Bonifacio Global City, brings together three of the most trusted names in international hospitality and culinary education — Dusit International, Switzerland’s world-renowned École Hôtelière de Lausanne, and Institut Paul Bocuse from Lyon, France – to offer students education and training aligned with the highest international standards.
“It makes perfect sense for Dusit International to situate its first college outside Thailand in Manila. Filipinos are well known and respected in the global hospitality industry as hard working, creative and dependable. Culturally, Filipinos are warm, hospitable people with a natural inclination to succeed in the hospitality industry,” explains Lars Eltvik, DHMC and dusitD2 Hotel The Fort Managing Director, a 30-year veteran in international hospitality education and operations. “Dusit Hospitality Education is proud to establish in the Philippines and to bring to the country the very best of international educators in hospitality and culinary arts. We want to introduce programmes and pedagogy of the highest international standard and in time contribute to more Filipinos and Asians excelling into senior management positions, both in the region and world-wide.”
The DHMC curriculum for the bachelor degree in hospitality management follows the Philippine Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED’s) standards. The programme is also approved and certified by École Hôtelière de Lausanne. Integrated in the programme the students must complete a 6 months internship. This can be completed in the Philippines or internationally.
Beyond the College’s international partnerships, DHMC promises its students ‘more than an education’ where they will gain work experience throughout the different areas of the hotel. Dusit Hospitality Management College is fully integrated with dusit D2 the Fort Manila hotel. This unique integration allows students to study as well as gain relevant work experience at different levels throughout all the departments in the hotel during their studies. The college occupies the first 9 floors of the 27-storey building where both students and hotel guests alike will enjoy and appreciate the ‘behind the scenes theme’ of the college and hotel.
Upon completion, the college and the dusitD2 The Fort Manila hotel will include world-class hospitality education facilities, including practical kitchens, 5 restaurant outlets, function rooms, recreational facilities including a swimming pool and fitness center, and 125 guest rooms.
A Track for Everyone with a Passion for the Hospitality Business and Culinary Arts
DHMC offers educational and training opportunities for people at different educational and life stages. From high school graduates moving into higher education or the young professional looking to make a career shift into hospitality management, there are the degree programs. For middle managers looking to up their game, there will be a series of professional development courses in a wide range of areas to enhance their careers. For those with a passion for cooking and culinary arts, for personal development or to go professional, DHMC will offer a range of world class courses in cookery, pastry and bakery, as well as courses for wine appreciation and barista. For those wanting to move abroad, the college will offer a range of courses in English, particularly aimed for professions in the hospitality and tourism industries.
At the heart of the School’s offerings are the Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality Management and the Professional Advancement Centre. Whilst the bachelor degree programme in Hospitality Management will be certified by the world renowned École Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), culinary programs and specialty programs for career switchers will be introduced in collaboration with the Institut Paul Bocuse. DHMC will also introduce a series of executive programmes aimed at senior managers in the hospitality and services industries.
For Students and Career Shifters
Open for enrollment now is the Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management which will begin classes in August 2018. BS in Hospitality Management is a four-year program certified by the the École Hôtelière de Lausanne. Students are trained through a well-rounded educational approach that integrates theoretical knowledge and practical applications in hotel-setting operations.
For Culinary Management and Culinary Professionals Focused on Raising the Bar
DHMC’s Professional Advancement Centre offers certification courses open to both students, keen amateurs and professionals. The wide range of courses are designed so that enrollees can focus on a specific culinary skill or hospitality discipline. Professional courses are available on a full and part-time basis.
In partnership with Institut Paul Bocuse, DHMC offers Culinary Arts, Pastry and Bakery, and Restaurant Management courses. These programs use state-of-the-art kitchen facilities and are taught by highly skilled chef instructors with the objective of teaching students to professionally manage culinary or hotel operations.
The Culinary Arts for Professionals Course is designed to provide both the fundamentals and advanced expertise of authentic French cuisine, including an appreciation for contemporary flavors. Pastry for Professionals, meanwhile, is designed to give chefs with pastry expertise further exposure in various assignments to include confectioners, pastry shops, and hotel culinary operations.
The Restaurant Management course is designed for aspiring entrepreneurs interested to become players in the restaurant industry. The course covers fundamental business skills to include marketing, accounting, IT, human resources, sustainable development, and food and beverage management.
The École Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) Executive Education
DHMC’s Professional Advancement Centre also offers a flexible and modular approach in the curriculum, made for aspiring senior manager hoteliers to become proficient at hospitality operations management. The Executive Education programmes are designed to hone one’s business skills and acumen to work in a wide range of areas within the hospitality industry.
The Driving Hotel Revenues Course is designed for students to develop a solid understanding of the key concepts in strategic revenue management. It will explore the relevance of revenue growth strategies and its respective operational aspects in hotel management, producing young hoteliers who are equipped to become management leaders.
To make the students’ hotel management experience more extensive, they will also be trained in Mastering Hotel Financials. It will develop student’s decision-making and financial planning skills essential to acquire competencies in analyzing hotel financial performances. This programme is key to estimate future performance and monitor variances between actual outcomes and projected ones in hotel finances.
DHMC also offers extra-curricular activities for aspiring hospitality professionals to be exposed to culture and the arts. Different activities such as learning foreign languages, honing one’s English proficiency, going on familiarization tours to hospitality industry partners, and having access to guest lectures by industry leaders will round out the whole learning experience provided at the College.
The College’s offerings are carefully designed to give students the option for a higher level of learning that can help unlock opportunities for its graduates.
“We are passionate about giving our students proper direction and opportunities to be successful professionals on the world stage. We want to develop globally competitive hoteliers and restaurateurs for the next generation,” adds Lars Eltvik. “There is a growing need for skilled professionals in our industry across the globe and we want to assure parents that they are making the right choice by choosing us to prepare them for an international hospitality management or culinary career.”
DHMC is also delighted to offer generous merit based scholarships at up to 50% of tuition fees for excellent students.