31 Jul 2019 19:43 IST

IHCL and Les Roches to award hospitality MBA scholarship

The right ‘general manager’ candidate gets to do a one-year management course at Les Roches

The Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL), and Swiss institution Les Roches Global Hospitality Education, ranked number 3 for hospitality management by the QS World University Rankings 2019; launched ‘The next General Manager of India’ programme to identify talent in the hospitality sector.

Dr Christine Demen Meier, Managing Director, Les Roches, said: “With its natural beauty and cultural attractions, rich diversity and a unique tradition of hospitality, India is already a popular travel destination. We look back on a long-standing presence in India and are thrilled to associate Les Roches’ Swiss model of education with IHCL, developing the necessary skills and promoting career opportunities in the hospitality industry.”

An initiative will award one full scholarship to study at Les Roches’ MBA in Global Hospitality Management programme in Switzerland, followed by a development programme at an IHCL hotel. Les Roches will offer 50 per cent scholarships to five runners-up. Shortlisted applicants who meet the programme’s admission requirements will submit a business case and compete at a final selection event in Mumbai.

Experiential trips to Chicago and Shanghai

Puneet Chhatwal, MD and CEO, IHCL, said, “IHCL as custodian of Indian hospitality has played a responsible part in nurturing talent in the industry. India has a huge untapped talent pool which is waiting to be unleashed. With forecasts of India being an over $5-trillion economy and the robust growth of travel and tourism, there is tremendous opportunity for hospitality professionals. The partnership with Les Roches is one such significant step in creating global leaders of tomorrow.”

With a curriculum that integrates business strategy, management theory and real-world problem solving, Les Roches’ MBA in Global Hospitality Management provides students with the skills and insights necessary for senior managerial positions. The programme consists of two semesters, which would include dissertation submission and two experiential trips to Chicago and Shanghai.