BEST EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION 2014
BEST EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION 2014
The Capstone project was initiated in 2013. It is open to students of the third-year English and French sections of the Bachelor's degree in International Hotel Management. Students ,split into working groups,are asked to identify innovative opportunities for creating a business in the field of Hospitality and / or Food Services.
It reinforces the Entrepreneurial and Innovation spirit which is one of the core values of the education at Vatel Switzerland.It combines the three key business functions, Marketing, Human Resources and Financial Management and it also requires the implementation of other acquired competencies like multiculturalism, legal, Management principles and project management.Students are making projects proposals at the beginning of the academic year which are reviewed by a panel of teachers and then approved if they meet the criteria of innovation,practicality and feasibility.Projects may be local or international.
The students are accompanied by teachers over the course of the project, through regular and demanding review and monitoring meetings. The project is materialized by a written 50-page report (excluding appendices), which should contain the main sections of a typical business plan and should meet the professional criteria which would satisfy investors and executives of the hospitality industry.The project is then "defended" during a one hour oral presentation before a panel of experts made of professors, a representative of a "Venture Capitalist" specialized in Hospitality and arepresentative of the Swiss hospitality industry.
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The two Finalists
European International College
Tourism Youth Summer Camp (TYSC) is a dedicated initiative launched in 2009 and aiming at developing future Emirati tourism leaders. The project rational is the Emiratization program initiated by the government of United Arab Emirates (UAE) to employ its citizens in a meaningful and efficient manner in the public and private sectors.
TYSC is the fruitful outcome of a partnership between Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA) and European International College (EIC). The program is yearly designed, implemented and managed by EIC and promotedunder the umbrella of TCA for marketing purposes. The program is a intensive educational program held annually in summer and customized to young Emirati, aged 14 to 17 years. The program is characterized by the high involvement of hospitality and tourism professionals and combines creativity, practice and exploration, fun and competitions. Click here for the entire submission.
Hotel School The Hague
Hotelschool The Hague has developed a unique, Outdoor Leadership Programme for students. Taking place offsite in the Belgian Ardennes, students lead each other in different outdoor management challenges for 5 days. The Outdoor Leadership Programme takes students out of their comfort zone and allows them to discover their leadership style while developing their leadership skills.
During the 5 days the students all lead one of the different challenges. The students will experience two days of hiking & bivouac, while the other days focus on multiple challenges, such as abseiling, rock climbing and rafting. These challenges force the students to overcome their fears and push their boundaries. Every challenge is led by two students, who are evaluated on their leadership skills afterwards. The trainers make sure the students focus on their personal learning goals and how to fulfil these during the challenges. Click here for the entire submission.