Swiss International School Dubai is now adding to its extensive educational syllabus with a BTEC International Level 3 Extended Diploma in (Business and) Hospitality. The new course offers a Hospitality IB pathway to students wanting to pursue a Swiss quality education and premium university option.
The courses will be delivered via the hotel.school platform, with weekly on-site practical lessons taught at The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management (EAHM), a subsidiary of the Jumeirah Group. Students will also have the opportunity to gain work experience and opportunities with the Jumeirah Group and other prestigious hotel chains.
Megan La Caze, Head of Secondary at SISD says: “We are delighted to offer this option to our students. The course reinforces our link to Switzerland and the Swiss hospitality industry, deemed to be the best in the world. Our students are already heading off to Les Roches, EHL and Glion in Switzerland and now we want to give them the best possible chance of success for their future pathways and careers.”
The BTEC is an excellent qualification to help secure limited places at top hospitality-focused universities in both Switzerland, the UAE and worldwide.
La Caze added that this was “exciting news for the sector here – as it raises the profile of hospitality excellence in the UAE. “Switzerland is deemed to be the best in the world for hospitality training and now the Swiss School in the UAE is providing this option to local and international students. As a boarding school, we are well placed to do this.”
“We are very proud of this collaboration, and we are confident that the education we provide at EAHM will enable SISD students to grow, learn, and embark on a rewarding journey,” says EAHM Managing Director, Jeroen Greven. “Our learning environment is personalized, our faculty is industry-leading, and our facilities are first-rate. There is no better place to learn world-class hospitality.”
Through the new course of study, students will gain industry experience and learn about all aspects of hospitality, including food and beverage, conference and events, luxury, sustainability, front office operations, technology and digital media, revenue management among others, preparing SISD’s international student cohort for lucrative careers. According to La Caze, students will need to undertake work experience as part of the course – during term time and holidays and would look at internship options with local and regional hospitality organisations.
The new course is the latest addition to SISD’s ever-evolving educational offerings, which also include a BTEC in Business Management. There are plans to adding other vocational courses in 2024.