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Orlando, Florida, September 2014-The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) has signed a five-year Global Academic Partner (GAP) agreement with Taylor's University in Malaysia, enabling the school to provide AHLEI courses in that country. 

Taylor's University Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr. Pradeep Nair shared that this development is an exciting one for the university.

"Through this partnership, Taylor's University will be the point for interested hoteliers in Malaysia to sign up for AHLEI education and training programs. By being a partner of AHLEI, we hope to raise the profile of the hospitality industry in the country and support hoteliers who sign up to become professionals of high calibre. Our collective aspiration is for Malaysian hoteliers to become independent, knowledgeable, skilled and professionally qualified," he said.

Robert L. Steele III, CHA, AHLEI president and chief operating officer, expressed his commitment to this aspiration as well.

"We are sincerely committed to preparing industry professionals who are qualified to lead hospitality into a bright future in Malaysia and beyond," he said. 

Several of the hospitality faculty members at Taylor's University already hold the Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE®) designation, as the school firmly believes in providing quality professional development to its faculty to ensure the best delivery to its students.

AHLEI is the training and educational arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Founded more than 60 years ago, AHLEI has worked closely with leading hotel industry experts and hospitality educators to ensure that its academic courses consistently target current career skills and competencies that are required to succeed in the hospitality industry.

For 27 years, Taylor's School of Hospitality, Tourism & Culinary Arts (TCHT) has been a leader in hospitality and tourism education and training. As the largest and most established hospitality and tourism management school in Southeast Asia, the School takes pride in consistently producing high caliber, industry-ready graduates who can deliver excellent performance in their workplace. Quality and commitment are reflected in the 60-plus awards the institution, faculty and students have received over the years, including the PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) Gold Award 2008 (Education & Training); HAPA (Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards) Hospitality School of the Year 2007/08, Honorary Award 2010-2012 and HAPA Academic and Research Excellence 2013-2015; as well as Brand Laureate 2012 Best Brand in Education - Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts. Most recently, TCHT was awarded the highly coveted 'Tier 6: Outstanding' rating in the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education's Discipline-Based Rating System (D-SETARA), sealing its international reputation for superior quality as well as teaching and learning excellence. Taylor's is the first and only university in the country to receive this prestigious recognition. 

About the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI)

Established in 1953 as the nonprofit education and training arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the Educational Institute's mission is to continue being the preferred provider to the lodging industry, hospitality schools, and related hospitality industries by developing and providing quality resources to educate, develop, and certify hospitality professionals worldwide.

Contact: Elizabeth Johnson, Senior Public Relations & Marketing Manager / +1.517.318.2359

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