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United Arab Emirates: First Les Roches hospitality academy to open in Abu Dhabi next year – News


Published: Friday, November 24, 2023, 2:57 p.m.

A world-class hospitality education academy managed by Les Roches will open in Abu Dhabi next year, local authorities have announced.

It will be the first campus in the Mena region for Les Roches, a globally acclaimed leisure and hospitality higher education institution, the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) said.

The Les Roches Global Hospitality campus, which will welcome its first student in September 2024, aims to provide hospitality skills and academic knowledge to foster local talent in the UAE and the region.

“In line with our vision to inspire journeys of creativity and discovery, the new academy will play a key role in ensuring the long-term sustainable growth of the wider hospitality industry, empowering future generations with a keen interest in achieving their full potential.” “. said Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, President of DCT Abu Dhabi.

“Accelerating high-potential industries such as hospitality through strategic collaborations and partnerships will continue to contribute to the growth of Abu Dhabi as a dynamic and sustainable hub for tourism. Celebrating Emirati hospitality and culture, the academy will add to our diverse ecosystem that preserves, promotes and embodies Abu Dhabi’s heritage and innovative spirit,” said Al Mubarak.

The academy seeks to attract regional and national talent from the UAE to the industry. It aims to focus on UAE practices and values ​​within its curriculum. The program and methodology seek to support the hospitality sector by cultivating local talent with high-quality education and the skills necessary for the future of the industry. There will be a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees. The curriculum includes a variety of hospitality-related and practical skills certifications, in areas including hotel operations, travel, tourism, transportation and entrepreneurship.

Carlos Diez de la Lastra, CEO of Les Roches Global Hospitality, said: “This moment marks a new chapter in the history of a country and a region that has some of the most prestigious hotels in the world and that is preparing for the future. by training and preparing the next generation of industry leaders who champion the values ​​and authenticity of Emirati hospitality. We feel very honored to be part of this unique journey and contribute to generating the talents of tomorrow for the country.”

Founded in 1954 in Switzerland, Les Roches is ranked fourth among the world’s higher education institutions in hospitality and leisure management according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023. It is among the schools of Sommet Education, a leader in hospitality education.

Benoit-Etienne Domenget, CEO of Sommet Education, said: “We are excited to be involved in a project that is born from the leaders’ vision for the future of the hospitality sector in the emirate, and we are honored to support Abu Dhabi in putting making development available to people as a strategic priority.”


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