GIS – 08 August, 2018: A cultural and culinary exchange between Mauritius and Switzerland organised by the Hotel and Tourism Management Institute (HTMI) of Switzerland and Polytechnics Mauritius Ltd (PML) in the context of the Swiss Week was launched yesterday at the Montagne Blanche Polytechnics Campus.
The Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, the Minister Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Switzerland in South Africa, Mr Balz Abplanap, and other personalities were present on the occasion.
In her address Minister Dookun-Luchoomun pointed out that the Swiss Week, which is an important event for PML as it showcases the partnership with HTMI Switzerland, will have a tremendous impact on strengthening the relationship between Mauritius and Switzerland. She recalled that the tourism and hospitality industry is an important pillar of the country’s economy adding that the strategy is to widen and diversify our tourism products as outlined in the Budget speech 2018-2019.
According to the Minister, sustaining tourism and hospitality as a pillar of the economy imposes several conditions, among which is the necessity for the education and training landscape to transform and adapt to evolving needs. Linking up with Switzerland is part of the learning curve and such international partnerships as the one between PML and HTMI are important as they bring a fresh perspective to training through international exposure that students can have, she said.
Mrs Dookun-Luchoomun underscored that students who complete their HTMI Diploma in Mauritius can opt for Higher Diploma and Bachelor programme at the HTMI campus in Singapore and Switzerland. This perspective of studying abroad and experiencing international work placements, she stated, will serve to uplift students’ skills and competencies as well as reinforce and sustain their cultural awareness and understanding. In addition, the new work ethic will inculcate an array of holistic and developmental skills that will enable trainees to succeed across the borders and in life, she added.
For his part, Mr Abplanap pointed out that the HTMI-PML partnership will enable young Mauritian students to find jobs in the thriving tourism and hospitality industry, a sector which is full of opportunities both locally and globally.
Mauritius, he said, is part of the first batch of countries to implement such a promising cooperation in the area of Technical Vocational Education and Training. Through this partnership, many highly motivated Mauritians will acquire practical training and skills in the hospitality sector in such a way that they will be directly employable, he added.
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