The School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts – pioneer in Hospitality and Culinary Arts Education

The KDU School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts is one of the pioneers in the northern region in providing top hospitality and culinary arts education to young people who are keen to enter this booming industry. Since its inception in 1995, the school has grown by leaps and bounds to become the first and most renowned hospitality, tourism and culinary arts school in Penang.

The success of the school swiftly brought about a partnership with the IMI University Centre (IMI) from Lucerne, Switzerland (the birth place of the hospitality industry) in 1997 and with this, KDU quickly became the first private college to offer students the opportunity to obtain prestigious Swiss diploma and degree qualifications without having to go abroad. Based on IMI and industry feedback, the school served up popular programmes such as the IMI Bachelor of Arts in International Hotel and Tourism Management (3+0), IMI Diploma in International Hotel and Tourism Management, KDU-IMI Diploma in Professional Chef Training and KDU-IMI Certificate in Professional Chef Training programmes.

KDU offered one-of-its-kind "campus experience" that helps unleash the true potential of its students through practical simulations, outcome-based learning and experimental learning initiatives. The programmes also provided exposure to students with industry placements in reputable 5-star local or international hotels and restaurants. Thousands of students were also given the option to transfer and to continue their studies in IMI Switzerland for a complete Swiss experience.

Today, the school houses 5-star training facilities such as the KDU-Holiday Inn Hospitality Training Suite (suite room and front office), ‘Bon Appetit’ fine dining restaurant, Bar 91 and professional commercial kitchens including patisserie and butchery demo kitchens.   
The students are led by a dedicated professional team of lecturers and chefs who are passionate about quality and excellence. The team creates enriching and unique learning experiences for the students and this can be testified by the hundreds of chef students who have been led to victory in various culinary competitions locally and internationally.

Armed with a great track record in producing industry ready graduates, SHTCA is confident that it will continue to produce graduates who are competent and professional in the current hospitality, tourism and culinary arts industry and remain to be the premier hospitality school in the northern region for many years to come.

  • Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH)
  • Malaysian Association of Travel and Tour Agencies (MATTA)
  • Penang Chef's Association
  • Tourism Educator Association of Malaysia (TEAM)
  • International Federation of Pastry Chocolate and Ice Cream (FIP)
  • Penang Centre for Education Tourism (PCET)
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