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EHL Campus (Singapore): excellence in hospitality

Originally opened in January 2021 exclusively for short courses, the Singapore campus of EHL Hospitality Business School opened its doors for the first batch of HES-SO Bachelors in September 2021.

After the first semester of classes, Lepetitjournal.com from Singapore takes stock with Damien Delle, Director of Operations for EHL Campus (Singapore).

In January 2021, the Singapore campus opened its doors exclusively for short courses. It was September 2021 when 53 students returned to the beautiful campus in Singapore despite the restrictions associated with Covid. Then a special measure was organized to keep the classes under 50 people, according to the restrictions in force at the time. The classes were divided into two, one of which took the course face-to-face and the other via video conference from a related room, with this group rotating each week.

The second batch of students

Since February, a second group of students has returned to campus, and a total of 60 students representing 21 nationalities can now take part in face-to-face courses. The program is identical to that offered in Lausanne, except for the languages ​​offered. Singapore offers the opportunity to study several Asian languages, such as Japanese, Malay and Mandarin, which is also offered by Lausanne.

Bachelor students have the opportunity to complete semester exchanges between EHL SSTH campuses in Passug, EHL Campus (Lausanne) and Campus (Singapore). They also have the possibility to combine it with an internship that must be done during the 4th semester of study, allowing them to immerse themselves in Asian culture for students coming from Europe or, conversely, Western culture for students from Asian countries.

Western students, who represent about half of Singapore’s student body, want to take advantage of the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture, just as Asians seek Western immersion in Lausanne.

Possible financial aid

EHL Singapore offers 4 scholarships per semester to young local Singaporean or international talent to encourage them to come and study at EHL Hospitality Business School. They are based on merit and of course need.

Tuition fees are approximately the same at both universities. The difference is due to services that are not identical. There is no accommodation in the Singapore campus, unlike in Lausanne, where there is accommodation for students – more than 800 beds. In Singapore, students do not stay on campus, but use the help of the institution to find accommodation nearby. EHL is currently working on options that should be available from September (EHL as The main tenant).

@EHL Campus Singapore

The Singapore campus has a catering section, the cost of which is included in the cost of study. In Lausanne, on a campus that accepts more than 3,000 students, there are six catering establishments available to students, from “finger food” to the star restaurant “Le Berceau des Sens”. At the beginning of each year, student cards are charged an amount covering the minimum cost of drinks and food. So they can choose where they want to spend it – and top up their cards as they see fit.

Restaurant EHL
@EHL Campus Singapore

Courses from Bachelor to MBA, short or online courses

At the EHL campus (Singapore), in addition to the bachelor’s course, you can also take short courses from luxury brand management to wine investing. These courses, some of which can be completed online, are intended for both retraining and specialist professionals.

What has Covid changed in hospitality?

Hygiene and safety standards have been significantly strengthened during the pandemic. Habits have been formed and will continue. Especially in tourism; traveling with a mask will probably become the norm, and not only in Asia, where it was already worn a lot spontaneously.

Eating at home will live on with easy access to your favorite foods with just a few clicks on your phone. The mode of consumption is completely different for the new generation. Only restaurants capable of offering a true customer experience, such as gourmet restaurants, will continue to serve their customers within their walls; people want an environment, service, food and atmosphere that stimulate their taste buds, imagination and tell a story.

Evolution in teaching courses during Covid

Thanks to online courses, students have become accustomed to studying from home. Teachers, despite resistance at the beginning. On-site learning remains privileged, but the door to hybrid learning is open.

EHL has invested in this type of education. Some universities were already very well equipped technically to face the pandemic. Including universities of technology, engineering or even some large business schools. Others, the majority, had to catch up on the technological and communication lag they had to face this era of distance learning. EHL was already well positioned, online courses already existed, especially for MBAs.

In practical courses, especially in the preparatory class, we had to adapt and reinvent ourselves. Be resourceful and creative! And each brought his stone to the building. The experience was probably not on par with what was offered on site, but the promptness and creativity of the people involved made it possible to get as close as possible.

Crises are the impetus for innovation. Solidarity, understanding, tolerance were the key words in this period of crisis. Human relationships have changed after being deprived of relationship during the lockdown.

EHL’s vision for the coming years

The goal is to complete the entire bachelor’s program – ie 6 semesters – by June 2024. There will be 5 groups of students on the site in the end, since the 4th semester is practice, ie approximately 250 students. With a current maximum capacity of almost 300 people, the question of expanding the Singapore campus may arise in the long term – this will depend mainly on growth in the coming years.

EHL & EHT: Rich cultural exchange between two hotel schools

Since 2015, EHL has been a partner of the Paul Dubrule School of Hospitality and Tourism in Cambodia. It is a non-profit professional hospitality institution in Siem Reap whose mission is to provide disadvantaged young Cambodians and people from the ASEAN community with access to innovative and professional education.

As part of its social responsibility programme, EHL provides academic and managerial support as well as regular interventions by several EHL experts at the school in Cambodia. Over the past five years, the two schools have shared common values ​​of excellence, generosity and professional success among their students.

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