HIT trip to Lausanne

Hannah and Arnelle

HIT trip to Lausanne

A student and a member of staff from Forth Valley College’s Hospitality Department travelled to Switzerland recently on a HIT Scotland Scholarship.

Arnelle Hall, Lecturer in Hospitality and Hannah Devonshire (23) from Stirling, a second year HND Hospitality Management student visited the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, as part of a Scottish delegation on a special bursary course from 6-9 February 2017.

The aim of the HIT Scotland scholarship is to give an insight into the hospitality industry from a new perspective. Its purpose is to provide scholars with knowledge about how Scotland can improve its hospitality industry and be even more successful.

Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne was founded in 1893 and was the world's first hospitality management school. They currently have 2608 enrolled students from 107 nationalities and they offer three degree programmes (Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management; Executive MBA; Master of Science) delivered in French and English.

Hannah, said: “Our lecturers had told us about the HIT Scotland scholarship to Lausanne and asked us all to write a short essay on why we wanted to go and how we would benefit from it … and fortunately I was chosen. It was unbelievable and one of the best experiences of my life.

“I thought the best bit for me was the workshop on cross cultural awareness, where you learn about service in different cultures. I want to be a hotel manager one day and this has inspired me to work, work, until I get there.”

Arnelle, said: “Hannah was brilliant on the trip and it was an honour to represent Forth Valley College. The Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne was professional, dynamic and first class. Everyone we interacted with were attentive listeners, approachable individuals with warm smiles in business attire. It was evident why this school is at the pinnacle of our industry. It was a truly inspirational and unforgettable experience.”

For more information on hospitality courses available at Forth Valley College, please click here

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