Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


Students get a Swiss connection

Students get a Swiss connection

Living and studying in a picturesque Swiss lakeside village has just become a reality for Hospitality students enrolling at Whitireia Polytechnic.

On Monday (21 November) the polytechnic will sign an agreement with the Swiss International Hotel and Business Management School, DCT, allowing students enrolled in its two-year National Diploma in Hospitality Management programme, to continue their studies at Vitznau on the shores of Lake Lucerne.

Walter Spaltenstein, chairman of the DCT board of directors, will sign the agreement with Whitireia on Monday morning (9am). This will be his second visit to the Porirua polytechnic.

Vitznau, underneath the mountain known as the Rigi, is the location of Europe’s oldest rack railway. The area is a magnet for tourists.

Students who start their study at Whitireia can then enrol at the DCT Hotel School Vitznau for further one or two-year course options. The first option is to complete a 12-month course of study and paid work leading to an Advanced Diploma in Hotel and Tourism Management. The DCT school is affiliated to the Swiss Hotel Schools Association.

The second option is to continue for another 12 months on a University of Massachusetts course, also based at Lucerne, and gain a further qualification – a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management.

“They are recognising our qualifications and giving credit in their programmes,” says Whitireia Polytechnic’s International Manager, Kaye Le Gros.

She says the first students to be eligible to study in Switzerland are this year’s July intake to its Auckland campus.

The Swiss courses, including food and wine service, hotel and tourism management, and restaurant management are taught in English, but with some “hospitality German” too.

Kaye says after completing these courses, Whitireia students will be able to go anywhere.

Course fees include accommodation in Switzerland, but students will be paid for work experience, which accounts for about half of each course.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>


Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news