University's Indian link boosts international hospitality and tourism training
The University has signed a landmark agreement with an Indian institution to help train hospitality and tourism students.
Second-year undergraduates from DY Patil University in Navi Mumbai, in the state of Maharastra, will study in Birmingham for one semester before returning to India to complete their degrees. It is thought to be the first arrangement of its kind involving India’s booming hospitality and tourism sector.
DY Patil University is on a sprawling 68-acre campus, complete with a 55,000-seat stadium, on India’s west coast. Established in 2005, the School of Hospitality and Tourism Studies occupies a five-storey building with production kitchens, a bakery, a confectionery room and training restaurants. In 2015, the school was ranked first in Maharastra state for “Super-Excellence” by the GHRDC Hotel Management Institute Survey.
As part of the new placement partnership with UCB, BSc Hospitality Studies students will have the opportunity to take modules relating to their course in Birmingham.
Mrs Vandana Mishra Chaturvedi, director of the university’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Studies, said the new relationship with University College Birmingham would allow Indian students to gain valuable international experience, which is a prized quality in the hospitality sector of the world’s fastest growing economy.
Mrs Chaturvedi said: “The association with UCB will give students the practical skills and broad-based knowledge that students need to succeed in a wide range of hospitality-related fields. Studying at UCB will also provide the student of DY Patil with the opportunity to gain work experience in the UK, which will give the right kind of industry exposure required for the students.”
Indian students travelling to UCB will receive “the best academic and practical training that is required for them to make a mark in the industry,” added Mrs Chaturvedi.
Prof Melvyn Pryer, director of UCB’s International Student Centre, said: “We are delighted to be working with DY Patil University to offers Indian students the opportunity to acquire new skills, knowledge and international exposure. We look forward to welcoming the first group of students and extending our relationships with educational partners in India.”
Jasminder Khanna, representative for Paramus Education, who helped facilitate the higher education agreement, said: “I believe that real globalization is not just the integration of societies and economies but also the amalgamation of education. At a time when the Indian hospitality industry is growing exponentially, it is important to develop a modern learning environment for the students.
“The association between DY Patil and UCB will not only provide students with the opportunity to learn in one of the most realistic hospitality environments in Europe, but also help shape their careers. It is an excellent initiative by the management at DY Patil and I am confident that this will only develop with time.”