Emirates academy to start hotel management degree

The Emirates Academy campus is all set for its first graduate intake.

The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management in Dubai will begin its first degree programme in international hospitality management in September this year.

The academy will offer the Bachelor of Science programme in association with Switzerland's Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, on the finest hotel management institutes in the world.

Emirates Academy is part of the leading Dubai based hospitality company, Jumeirah International.

The four-year programme aims to prepare students for management positions in leading hospitality companies through a strong, innovative academic curriculum, which includes hands-on experience in the world's most prestigious properties.

Through the association with the Swiss Institute, the academy combines proven academic methodology with comprehensive, up to date facilities.

The four-year programme consists of eight semesters of 16 weeks each, conducted in English.

The first two semesters are operationally oriented, encompassing subjects such as food and beverage management, housekeeping and front office operations.

The third semester focuses on hospitality computer applications, preparing the students for an internship in the fourth semester, which can be pursued in either one of the prestigious Jumeirah International properties or other leading hotels in Dubai or elsewhere in the world.

Post internship, students return to the Emirates Academy in Dubai for their fifth semester consisting of extensive management courses in finance, human resources, marketing, cultural diversity and organisational behaviour.

Semesters six and seven will be spent in Lausanne, Switzerland at the Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne where students will continue to learn in an environment that has earned an established and respectable reputation as the leader in hospitality management education.

Upon their return in the last semester, students will be required to write a dissertation and undertake a consultancy project prior to graduation.

The academy's campus is situated opposite the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Burj Al Arab.

Students will live on campus in brand new, furnished studios equipped with kitchen, shower room and Internet access.

The first intake for the programme is expected to be 50 students.

In addition to the BSc programme, the academy offers an extensive Professional Development Programme, which is due to begin this summer.