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 In Academic Association with École Hôteliére de Lausanne, 
The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management in Dubai 
Offers Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree in International 
Hospitality Management

Dubai, April 2001…. The internationally recognised Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree programme in International Hospitality Management is to begin in September this year at the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, part of leading Dubai based hospitality company - Jumeirah International. 

Unique Association with Leading Swiss Hotel School

In academic association with École Hôteliére de Lausanne, one of the finest hotel management institutes in the world, the four-year programme has as its main aim the preparation of students for management positions in leading hospitality companies through a strong, innovative academic curriculum, which includes hands-on experience in the world’s most prestigious properties. Through the unique association with École Hôteliére de Lausanne, the Emirates Academy combines proven academic methodology with comprehensive, up to date facilities. 

The four-year programme leading to a BSc in International Hospitality Management consists of eight semesters of sixteen weeks each, conducted in English. The first two semesters are operationally oriented, encompassing subjects such as food & beverage management, housekeeping and front office operations. The third semester focuses on hospitality computer applications, preparing the students for an internship in the fourth semester, which can be pursued in either one of the prestigious Jumeirah International properties or other leading hotels in Dubai or elsewhere in the world. 

Studies in Dubai and Lausanne, Switzerland

Post internship, students return to the Emirates Academy in Dubai for their fifth semester consisting of extensive management courses in finance, human resources, marketing, cultural diversity and organisational behaviour. Semesters six and seven will be spent in Lausanne, Switzerland at the École Hôteliére de Lausanne where students will continue to learn in an environment that has earned an established and 

Ron Hilvert
Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management
Ron Hilvert, a graduate of the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, has been involved in the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management since its inception and project development. Ron has over 30 years’ professional experience in the hospitality industry and is recognised as the most experienced Human Resources Executive in the industry worldwide.

He has had professional and educational contact for over 25 years with all the major hotel schools and universities in North America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. He has held major corporate positions with several international hotel chains, including Jumeirah International, Hyatt International and Hilton International Hotels. He was also an opening General Manager with Hyatt International Hotels. Ron has lectured at several major schools and universities and has regularly been invited to speak at international conferences. A Member of the HCIMA, Ron is fluent in four European languages.

respectable reputation as the leader in hospitality management education. Upon their return in the last semester, students will be required to write a dissertation and undertake a consultancy project prior to graduation.

Extensive growth in both the international and regional hospitality industry has resulted in an increased demand for young and talented hospitality professionals coming from sound educational institutions and the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management aims to play a vital role in fulfilling this growth in demand. Particular attention will be given to the professional development of local nationals. Attending and graduating from the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management will give talented students the unique opportunity to start their own exciting careers in a growing and international industry, where the world is their oyster.

The campus of the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management is ideally situated opposite the world-renowned Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Burj Al Arab. Students will live on campus in brand new, furnished studios equipped with kitchen, shower room and Internet access. In addition the campus features several communal areas such as a clubhouse, an outdoor swimming pool and sporting facilities. The programme will commence in September this year and the expected intake for the first semester is fifty students coming both from the local and expatriate community and from overseas including Europe and Asia.

Professional Development Programme for Hospitality Professionals 

In addition to the four-year BSc programme, the Emirates Academy offers an extensive Professional Development Programme, which is due to commence this summer. The Professional Development Programme is designed to develop the hospitality industry’s middle and senior managers’ cognitive skills in a variety of fields related to the industry in order for them to reflect those skills and apply them to their business unit, resulting in an immediate return of investment.

The programme comprises a number of modules that were carefully selected and developed to meet and exceed the development needs identified as common and of high importance by management in the hospitality industry. Modules include ‘Food & Beverage Trends in a New Millennium’, ‘Financial Awareness Programme for Non-Financial Hospitality Managers’,  ‘Managing Service Quality in Hotels and Restaurants’, ‘Advanced Kitchen Management’ and ‘E-nnovation’. 

The first modules will run in slots of one week each and will be facilitated by professionals with many years of experience in the hospitality industry and in coaching senior managers to develop their skills and abilities. Key presenters are Debra Adams, Associate Professor, John Sutton, Principal Lecturer and Head of Department Food & Beverage and Willi Elsener, Head of Department Food Production. 


The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management
Phone: +971 4 348 2222
[email protected]

Also See The Jumeirah Beach Hotel Awarded ‘Best Resort Hotel in The Middle East’ / April 2001 
Distance Learning: Assessing its Potential in Higher Education for the Tourism and Hospitality Sector / First Pan-American Conference Proceedings / May 1999 

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