What it takes to offer quality education

What it takes to offer quality education

Khaleej Times visits the campus of Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Spain and learns how the school focuses on importance of discipline to groom the leaders of tomorrow

By Marie Nammour/senior Reporter (Reporting from SPAIN)

Published: Wed 17 Jun 2015, 1:14 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:51 PM

Students of Les Roches hotel management school on campus in Marbella, Spain. 

First of all it is worth noting that, today, hospitality is the world’s second largest employer. By 2025, one in every 10 jobs will be from the hospitality, travel and tourism sector or leisure management with 80 million new job opportunities, according to global report by the World Travel and Tourism Council.

Les Roches, Marbella, a top-ranking hospitality management school in Spain offering accredited hospitality management degrees, is not just a school but rather a way of life as it is the scene where students from more than 64 nationalities — including students from the UAE GCC and other Arab countries — gather for a quality education. It is also sees a healthy mix of other cultures and social backgrounds on its campus.

“One of our strongest responsibilities is to build the leaders of tomorrow,” said Carlos Diez de La Lastra, CEO of Les Roches, Marbella.

At Les Roches, the students don’t just study hotel management, marketing or business, but also high values of humility and self-discipline are instilled in them in a way that even their parents are surprised to see their children transform into thorough optimistic individuals.

The campus of Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Spain.  — Supplied photos

Khaleej Times visited the school campus and learnt about the importance the school gives to students’ attendance which is a clear emphasis on the importance of discipline and dedication of the institute.

“Our students acquire the attitude of excellence required for hospitality, specific to the sector. This is why companies recruit our students”, Francis Clivaz, President Les Roches Governing Board, said.

It is a hospitality education without boundaries, internationally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges(NEASC).

Les Roches, Marbella’s undergraduate programmes include a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in International Hotel management (3.5 years divided in seven semesters), strategic human resources management.

The same curriculum is also available at Les Roches (Bluche in Switzerland) and Shanghai in China. The purpose of a business is to create and maintain satisfied profitable customers.

Time and stress management

Students are taught and trained to respect the discipline, dress code, attendance of classes, and given strict instructions that drugs, violence or aggressiveness will not be tolerated.

Housekeeping teaches them how to arrange a room within a specific timetable, while kitchen work trains them on working within teams. Both classes are about time and stress management.

In the kitchen work, the students learn that cooking is about being organised and managing costs. Otherwise, the business will suffer losses.”

Students are taught and trained over and over again that they have to be sure that all details are taken care of because they don’t want to disappoint the clients.” In the first and second semesters, the students have to live on the school premises so as to give them the opportunity to mingle more with students from different cultures and social backgrounds.

Alumni network

Les Roches is like a second family for its students and they would never stop feeling that sense of belongingness even after graduation. For that reason, an alumni network has been set up.

Top recruiters from international hotels make as many as 100 visits a year to Les Roches campus to give presentations and interviews to potential managers they select from the students. Sometimes old alumni of the school could also be recruiters. For more information log on to www.lesroches.es


Undergraduate courses offered:

> BBA in International Hotel management

Strategic Human Resources Management

> Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium
> Enterprise Management

> Resorts Management

> Events Management


Postgraduate programme

> Postgraduate Intensive Diploma in International Hotel Management

> Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing Management for Luxury Tourism

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