Dusit Thani: Integrating hospitality education and application
The Dusit Thani Group traces its roots in 1948 when it was founded by its Honorary Chairperson Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui. Back then, the ﬁrst hotel she opened was called the Princess.
It was her dream to open an authentic Thai hotel that can rival the 5-star international hotels that have established their presence in Bangkok. Through the years, the business grew and the hotel chain expanded throughout Thailand and overseas. In the Philippines, the Dusit Thani Manila is situated in Makati.
With business expansion, the need to hire more highly trained professionals ensued. Piyaoui’s son, Chanin Donavanik, saw this as a prospect for a new endeavor.
In 1993, the Dusit Thani College was founded in Bangkok to educate local students aspiring to have internationally certified skills and knowledge in the hospitality industry. Donavanik started talking to different establishments for their students to be able to train at partner hotels and form an integrated school and hotel system. Eventually, it evolved into one of the top hospitality schools in Thailand known for producing topnotch graduates.
English as among the major languages in the Philippines, and Filipinos' global mindset were one of the reasons why the Dusit Hospitality Management College opened in the Philippines.
The schools aims to prepare future general managers, executive chefs, and the like, which blends well with the Filipino’s reputation of being industrious and dependable.
Dusit Hospitality Management College brings together 3 globally recognized names in hospitality and culinary education from Thailand’s Dusit International, Switzerland’s École hôtelière de Lausanne, to France’s Institut Paul Bocuse.
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality Management is certified by École hôtelière de Lausanne. The Executive Education programs are designed to hone business skills and acumen to work in a wide range of areas within the hospitality industry.
Tackling business aspect, The Driving Hotel Revenues course is designed to develop a solid understanding of key concepts in strategic revenue management. It further explores growth strategies and respective operational aspects to produce management leaders.
The Mastering Hotel Financials course will develop decision-making and financial planning skills essential to acquire competencies in analyzing hotel financial performances, as well as estimating future performance. This equips the hotelier to monitor the differences between actual and projected outcomes in hotel finances.
In collaboration with Institut Paul Bocuse, the Professional Advancement Centre will carry out the culinary programs. The diploma course offers Culinary Arts, Pastry for Professionals, as well as Restaurant Management. Master Classes for Professionals will also be available like wine appreciation and barista training.
Officially opening by August 2018, Dusit Hospitality Management College will initially accommodate 2000 students. The building, situated at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, will be comprised of 27 floors: the first 9 floors for students and classes; floors 12 – 17 as the hotel; while the rest of the floors as long term serviced apartments.
It will have a total of more than 200 rooms with 5 dining outlets.
In line with the courses, the college will be fully integrated with the soon to open dusitD2 Hotel and 5 dining outlets toprovide students with actual and practical skills. This college and hotel integration will allow students to have access to first class hospitality and culinary facilities from practical kitchens, function rooms, to guest rooms and suites.
Training students on strategic and creative operations will allow them to properly apply what they learned. Students will also be required to complete a 6-month internship either locally or internationally. The entire curriculum adheres to the requirements of the Commission on Higher Education. – Rappler.com
For more information on Dusit Hospitality Management College, visit www.dusitcollege.ph or www.facebook.com/dhmcmanila, or call (02) 238 8888.