With a number of hospitality management institutes mushrooming in and around the city of late, it comes as a breath of fresh air to know that Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne(EHL), Switzerland, the oldest and the most reputed hospitality management institute globally, has come up with its Indian network school Ecole Hôtelière Lavasa, with a view of providing future leaders for the Indian hospitality industry.
With a brand new 67,000 sq ft state-of-the-art infrastructure at Lavasa, the institute aims at providing an idyllic environment where students can concentrate more on gaining knowledge and honing their skills.
“With an approximately 120-year-old legacy, we at Lausanne Hospitality, aim at transferring excellence of hospitality education in each of our certified institutes across the globe. We always aim at integrating the Swiss culture with the values of the respective place, and what the students at the Lavasa campus will be getting is an amalgamation of the Swiss culture and Indian values,” said Yateendra Sinh, Chief executive officer, Lausanne Hospitality Consulting.
The newly inaugurated institute at Lavasa includes multi-media classrooms, study rooms, wine testing lab, an amphitheatre, auditoriums, a cyber hotel, IT lab, housekeeping lab training and display kitchens along with mock guest rooms. Students will also be able to access an array of restaurants in various formats such as a formal French restaurant with silver service, fast food with cafeteria services, coffee bar and a multi-cuisine buffet restaurant. “Our infrastructure has been designed to provide relevant education. We want our students to understand excellence, hence no expenses have been spared in the infrastructure of the institute,” he added.
What not many people know is that, prior to Lavasa, Lausanne Hospitality had plans of opening up an institute in Greater Noida. However, due to dissension on matters related to the standard and culture of EHL, they did not go ahead with the plan. “We are very sensitive to choosing the right partners. In this case, both, the Lavasa Corporation and we at Lausanne Hospitality chose one other because of our shared interests, goals and culture,” Sinh explained.
Although the campus was inaugurated recently, the first batch was enrolled into the program about four years back. “We did not want to wait till the building came up. So on August 10, 2007, we signed a relationship agreement with the Lavasa Corporation and started conducting the classes at Lavasa’s Fortune Hotel, while the campus was being constructed,” Sinh said. Last week at the inauguration of the Ecole Hôtelière Lavasa campus, their first batch graduated and most of them have been successfully placed in reputed hotels in the country including the likes of Westin, The Oberoi, JW Marriott and Novotel.