The MoU was signed by Dr. Suborno Bose and Gaurav Singh, Market VP, East India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. On the occasion, Singh said, “Marriott and IIHM have done a lot together and this MoU will further celebrate that partnership and bridge the gap between academia and industry and create future talent in the hospitality industry.IIHM has been the leading educational platform for the hospitality industry and for us to partner and try to further improve the levels of education, to ensure that we can have internships and possibly create job opportunities in our portfolio of hotels. This MoU will help add value to the system and raise the level of education for students and ultimately we expect a great deal of part of them will join the Marriott family, I believe they will have an advantage over others as they will not only learn the basics of IIHM hospitality but also the nuances of working in a company like Marriott International.
Here we look at the various factors that make IIHM one of the best places in India to start one’s journey in hotel and hotel management.
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A world-class program
As the largest chain of leading hospitality and hotel management schools across India, IIHM has brought about a 360-degree change in hospitality education in the country. Known for its teaching and training methodology, research options, internships, and infrastructure, it gives a whole new edge to this branch of study. It is also the only hospitality school in India that is attached to a hotel itself in Kolkata and Goa, which ensures students get maximum hands-on exposure in their field of work. At the core of IIHM’s curriculum is its focus on developing career-focused programs that can make students industry-ready, progressive teaching methodology, student mentorship and development, global networking and a well-connected alumni network. Alongside its B Sc. (Hons) in International Hotel Management, IIHM students can also follow a 3-year degree course (recognized by UGC) as well as a 3-year advanced program in International Hotel Administration. Various degrees like these will help students make their foray into the hospitality industry, making them suitable for placement with any international brand in the world.
Strong industry-focused education
What makes IIHM truly unique is that it has a hotel and resort attached to its campuses in Kolkata and Goa. IIHM is part of the Indismart Group, the conglomerate that operates Indismart Hotels. Thus, Indismart, a fully functional 74-room business hotel, provides continuous training from the first year. This association makes hospitality management education very convenient, providing students with a job-like experience during their degree course. Gaining real-time experience gives students the perfect head start as they can learn the ropes through training at an operational hotel and resort. Thus, at the end of their 6th semester, students are already ready for industry.
Expert Global Faculty
Keith Edgar hosts a masterclass
In order to make learning truly global, IIHM campuses across India facilitate visits from international faculty members who are experts in their field of work. The institute organizes masterclasses led by an extensive list of visiting professors such as Professor David Foskett, Chef Enzo Oliveri from Italy, Chef John Wood from the UK, Magdala Caussimon from France and many more. Masterclasses like these make the IIHM program hands-on, ensuring students are industry-ready and have a fair sense of how the hospitality industry operates across the globe. From India, Chef Sanjeev Kapoor and Chef Ranveer Brar who are part of IIHM faculty and mentors.
Competitive, industry-ready students
The global hospitality industry is changing rapidly and the IIHM program has been developed with all the changes in mind. This is why it equips students in subjects such as management and digital marketing, among others, so that they enter their careers as well-rounded professionals. Since the hospitality industry largely depends on customer or guest satisfaction, IIHM students also receive training in etiquette and learn how to handle every situation diligently. With the transformation of requirements in the sector, the IIHM has been constantly at its feet to integrate the necessary changes in the teaching-learning process. So, at the end of the course, students are not only job-ready, but career-ready.
Additionally, IIHM also organizes all-expenses-paid educational tours for students each year. Educational tours like the Tea Tour, Wine Tour, Scotch Tour, and Culinary Tour are rare opportunities that are offered to IIHM students so they can experience the hospitality industry first-hand. The IIHM also encourages entrepreneurship among students for which it launched SAHAS, a proactive cell of entrepreneurship to encourage students and guide them to become entrepreneurs. Depending on the feasibility of the business idea, SAHAS provides all the necessary support for students to start their own business.
Thanks to IIHM’s intense hotel management training, several of its alumni are currently employed by prestigious hotel brands in India, UK, Middle East, Singapore, Maldives, USA, in Australia and elsewhere. To keep its alumni network strong and connected, IIHM also has the Global Alumni Connect program which allows students to interact with its exemplary alumni so that they can draw a leaf from their journey. The multitude of alumni success stories also inspire young learners to make the most of their careers.
Huge placement records
Learning at IIHM equips students with industry-ready knowledge so they can be placed with confidence in various industries and sectors. It offers a wealth of internship and exposure opportunities for students and also has the most student internship records. Most IIHM alumni are placed in some of the world’s leading industries such as aviation, luxury hotels and resorts, event management, cruise lines, facilities management, hospitals, the healthcare sector and the retail sector.
IIHM’s significant achievements to date
The Young Chefs Olympiad (YCO): IIHM also hosts the world’s largest culinary extravaganza, the Young Chefs Olympiad (YCO) and currently has seven seasons. The event sees the participation of the world’s best culinary schools and expert chefs from around the world who join them as judges.
Through the IIHM College of Distinguished Fellows, industry experts have been made Fellows of the college. Fellows are stalwarts in their field of work and can easily guide and provide essential knowledge to students in terms of providing essential industry information. There are 220 Fellows (FIIHM) of which 150 are senior hotel executives from around the world.
IIHM Global Tourism and Hospitality Research Center: In 2021, the IIHM inaugurated the IIHM Global Tourism and Hospitality Research Center to encourage research and development in the field of Tourism and Hospitality, Inaugurated by Zurab Pololikashvili, the Secretary General of UNWTO, the center is established to carry out research in the field of culinary medicine, tourism and other specific topics related to the hospitality industry .
MoU with Metro Railway Kolkata
In what can be considered a watershed moment for the institute, Kolkata’s iconic Park Street Metro Station has been renamed IIHM Park Street Metro. This unites the leading hospitality institute at the heart of East India’s hospitality and global cuisines, Park Street. The branding was also designed to create a global impact, as IIHM Park Street Metro promotes the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that all nations of the world are promoting today.
IIHM has won several prestigious awards, including the Economic Times Best Education Brand Award from 2017 to 2021 consecutively. IIHM was also awarded as one of the World’s Greatest Brands and Leaders 2015-16 by URS International (IMEA – Process Reviewer PriceWaterhouseCoopers PL) and also received Best Institute in Hospitality Education 2017 bv Assocham award from Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, then Honorable ‘ble Minister of State for HRD (Higher Education), Govt. from India. Assocham has also awarded the IIHM the title of best institute for placements for two consecutive years. The IIHM has also received recognition from the Great Indian Institute of Forbes.
IIHM has developed its curriculum to provide you with a holistic overview of the various facets that govern the hospitality industry. Through a dynamic learning experience like this, it gives you practical expertise and skilled knowledge to not only steer your career in the right direction, but also propel your organization into the right growth orbits.
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