SEGi Group of Colleges (SGC) today signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with one of the Top 5 Swiss Hotel Schools, HTMi, Hotel & Tourism Management Institute Switzerland, witnessed by Ms. Lyn Loh, Cultural Advisor of the Embassy of Switzerland in Malaysia.
The MoA offers SGC students a dual qualification from both SEGi and HTMi, which means, graduates will gain a Diploma in Hotel Management from SEGi and a Diploma in International Hotel and Tourism Management from HTMi.
They will be required to successfully complete their SEGi Diploma and hand in a research assignment set by HTMi to be eligible for the local and international diploma awards at a very reasonable price.
In addition to the double diploma, graduates also stand to gain tremendously as they have the opportunity to transfer to HTMi in Switzerland to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management and complete an internship there.
“As one of Malaysia’s largest private higher education provider, SEGi’s priority is to prepare our graduates for the workplace. Employability is the top reason why parents invest in their children’s education. We ensure this by providing programmes that are relevant both in terms of the field of study as well as the syllabus or content within those programmes,” said Daniel Teng, Group Senior Executive Director, SEGi University & Colleges
“We use technology to deliver a better and consistent quality of teaching, enabling a better understanding and knowledge retention of subject matter for a better student learning experience. We collaborate with industry partners and reputable partner institutions such as HTMi, to give our students an edge so that they could secure a job easily and achieve good career progression,” added Daniel.
SGC has also pledged to provide a special scholarship worth RM1,000 to students who sign up for the programme for a limited period of time.
HTMi is one of the world’s best in hospitality and leisure management (ranked 25th in the 2019 World QS Global University Rank for Hospitality & Leisure) and it is a renowned academic brand with 95% of their graduates gaining employment within three months in top-tier global hospitality companies, worldwide.
Apart from preparing graduates for the global marketplace, HTMi’s graduates are celebrated for excellence in quality service and management – a common trait that sets them apart from other hospitality graduates.
“SEGI University & Colleges are well known as one of the largest private higher education providers in Malaysia, SEGi now serves 20,000 students in five major campuses located in Kota Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, Subang Jaya, Penang and, Sarawak. HTMi is delighted to form this partnership with SEGI to provide students with an exciting future career in the global international hospitality and tourism industry,” said Mr. Ian R.J. Larmour, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of HTMi.
Located in the Canton of Lucern, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, HTMi is located in an actual Swiss hotel campus in Söerenberg, providing students and lecturers world-class training facilities, which include Swiss à la carte and banqueting restaurants, kitchen, hotel rooms, training, events, administration and culinary centres, cafes, bar, club, and a terrace lounge.
Students who choose to study at HTMi will undoubtedly be exposed a high-quality learning environment, not just in terms of its industry-driven curriculum, but also professional development opportunities that place a great emphasis on professional aptitude and managerial competency.
Career placement is yet another key feature of HTMi, as it prepares graduates for a global career in hospitality and tourism. With an industry linkage with major international hotel companies, HTMi has recruiters queuing to snap up their students who receive a minimum gross salary of 2,190 Swiss Francs (over RM9,300).
With the signing of this MoA, Malaysian students will not just be exposed a dynamic and innovative training and education opportunity, they also stand an equal chance of becoming a successful world-leading hospitality industry practitioner.
The MoA was signed by SGC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Lisa Tan and HTMi’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Mr. Ian R.J. Larmour, in a simple ceremony at SEGi College Subang Jaya, earlier today. The signing was also witnessed by Teng and Matthew Gan, HTMI’s Business Development Consultant.