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.

KDU Penang University College, Malaysia’s Premier Campus of the Northern Region

KDU Penang University College springs to mind when one speaks about premier education provider in North Malaysia. With a range of internationally-recognised, industry-driven academic programmes that covers a wide level of offerings from Certificate to Diploma and Degree level programmes, there are 8 academic departments comprising Computing, Business, Hospitality, Tourism & Culinary Arts, Engineering, Mass Communication & Language, Pre-University Studies, Design and Nursing which offer different academic programmes. All its programmes are accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and internationally affiliated with top universities around the globe.

It boasts state-of-the-art facilities which include smart classrooms, industry-standard 5-star kitchens, a recording studio, an art gallery, design studios, VLSI engineering labs, Games and Multimedia Computing Design Labs, Business Boardrooms and Lounge, mock hotel suites and much more. This is to help ensuring that every KDU student is well prepared to be gainfully employed upon graduation.

KDU Penang is one of the private higher education institutions in Penang that has been conferred a 5-star rating from MOHE MyQuest Audit in 2010/2011 and 2012/2013. More recently, KDU Penang received the prestigious 6-star, college-based rating in the 2014/2015 Malaysian Quality Evaluation System for Private Colleges (MyQUEST) for the large category. KDU College was the only private college in Penang – and the Northern region – to be awarded this eminent recognition. 

KDU Penang also received 6-star cluster-based ratings in seven clusters – General Programmes; Arts and Humanities; Social Sciences, Business and Law; Science, Mathematics and Computing; Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction; Health and Welfare; and Services – and a 5-star rating for International Student Services.

This year’s MyQUEST accreditation was proof of KDU College’s continuous efforts to improve on its educational services. KDU College provides state-of-the-art facilities to meet students’ requirements. All KDU programmes are certified by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency, and its teaching faculty comprises highly qualified staff with direct industry experience.

Over a span of 25 years, our students have been doing us proud as evidenced by a string of successes in various national and international competitions. KDU Penang is also very involved in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, one of which is the annual disbursement of scholarships and financial assistance to deserving students who enroll for KDU programmes.

As KDU Penang welcomes students from all over the world, much assistance are being offered to its international students who are qualified which include up to 50% tuition-fee waiver, complimentary one-time economy class flight ticket from home country to Penang and accommodation as well as Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) fee to be borne by KDU Penang. These are the little efforts that KDU Penang is making for its students to be one of the global KDU graduates.

Over the years, KDU Penang has also formed strong industry partnerships to provide industry-relevant training and learning facilities to groom KDU graduates to meet industry demand for higher skills. Today, KDU College boasts numerous success stories, and a high record of graduate employability with more than 90% of graduates having found employment within six months of graduation.

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