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23 August 2018: Saudi Arabia is in the midst of diversifying its current economic situation from dependence on oil production towards a range of industries, including hospitality and tourism, which will enable it to compete as a globally positioned knowledge-based economy. Saudi citizens are receiving more and more quality education which empowers, as part of the Kingdom’s ambition, to achieve long-term economic goals. Education through vocational programmes is therefore one part of the solution.

Given the background, the University of Prince Mugrin (UPM) has signed a strategic agreement with Lausanne Hospitality Consulting (LHC) to establish Lausanne Hotel & Restaurant Training Centre (LHRTC) centres throughout Saudi Arabia. The Lausanne Hotel & Restaurant Training Centre delivers hands-on vocational skills to students in the hotel & restaurant domain through several courses. The course content provided to students is inspired from the Swiss benchmark vocational competency framework for the hospitality industry. Through its collaboration with LHC, UPM will offer vocational courses at certificate and Diploma level in Kitchen, Food & Beverage service, Rooms division and Hotel Administration.

As part of UPM’s continual efforts to provide students with knowledge and skills to position them as future leaders in respective domains, this collaboration will impart students with trade skills and enable future graduates to be effective from day one upon graduation. Simultaneously, students will naturally find themselves immersed in the Swiss values of quality, diligence & respect; all three of which are deeply embedded in the curriculum.

About UPM:

The University of Prince Mugrin seeks excellence and uniqueness with an inspiring educational philosophy, and a leading international status. The university seeks excellence and uniqueness in building a society characterized by knowledge and awareness. University of Prince Mugrin offers Bachelor degree programs in the majors of Engineering, Business Administration, Computer and Information Technology, and further offers degree programs in unique majors such as: Mechatronics Engineering, Forensic Computing and Cyber Security.

About LHC:

Lausanne Hospitality Consulting is a Swiss knowledge development and management advisory company of Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) and the Swiss Hotel Association. Established over 40 years ago. LHC has delivered its unique services in over 60 countries through its business lifecycle support approach. The LHC house of knowledge services include Development of Hospitality Learning Centres, Certification of Hospitality Learning Centres-Products-individuals, People Search & Management Support, Executive Education and Management Advisory. At present, LHC operates 3 fulltime offices globally at Lausanne (Switzerland), Beijing (China) and Delhi-NCR (India). LHC is a member of EHL Holding SA, a group dedicated to deliver hospitality management education and innovation worldwide.

About EHL Group:
EHL Group encompasses a portfolio of specialized business units that deliver hospitality management education and innovation worldwide. Based in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Group includes:

  • Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) is an ambassador for traditional Swiss hospitality and has been a pioneer in hospitality education since 1893 with over 25,000 alumni worldwide. EHL is a leading university that provides a range of on-campus and online learning solutions, including undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs talented students from 119 different countries.
  • The Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality (SSTH) has been one of the leading hospitality management schools for hotel specialists for 50 years. SSTH delivers swiss-accredited vocational training and higher vocational education in its newly renovated 19th century spa-hotel in Passugg, Graubünden, to Swiss and international students from 20 countries.
  • Lausanne Hospitality Consulting (LHC) is a comprehensive hospitality solutions company, providing knowledge advisory, management support, people development, executive education, schools development and vocational training solutions.

For further details write to: Abhishek Jakate (abhishek.jakate@ehl.ch) | Catherine Rey (catherine.rey@ehl.ch)