I am Prathulya Rajaram 20 years old from Coimbatore a small city in the South of India. When I was 18 I wanted to leave home, and travel the world. I had great interest towards tourism and Hotel industry. It was then when I came across HTMi. Though at the very beginning the thought of studying abroad in a totally different country, culture and tradition was a little hesitant but now I would say that was the best decision I made in my life. After coming to HTMi my life has completely changed, the teachers and staff at HTMi are very helpful and guide the students towards the best possible opportunities and ideas. My first year I did Certificate in International Hotel and Tourism Operations and my first internship was in Service in a small Swiss family hotel called Rischli in Sorenberg. At the beginning, I had a thought that I wasn’t placed in five-star hotel but later I took it as a challenge to make use of this opportunity to learn Swiss German and get a better position for my next internship. At the end of six months to my surprise and to many others I started to speak fluent Swiss German and I felt proud of myself. I then completed diploma and got an internship in Front office at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Zurich Airport which I thought I would never get but thanks to the Career Centre for believing in me and applying endlessly until I got what I wanted. I am now doing about 250 check-ins a day speaking Swiss German with ease all thanks to my first intern hotel and of course to HTMi for offering proper guidance and advice whenever needed. It has just been two years here at HTMi and my life has almost completely changed, another two years to complete my studies and I hope to make the best of it. HTMi teaches one to stay independent, create new innovations and also train students to handle pressure and work in groups. It is a great platform to get to know about many international cultures. At HTMi there are students from more than 20 different nationalities and everyone respects everybody’s culture and traditions. It is really great to be a part of HTMi and I am proud to say that I am a Student from HTMi. I would once again like to thank all the teaching and non-teaching staff of HTMi for always being the best they could be and ensuring all students make the best of their time whilst they are on Campus. At the end from my personal experience I would just like to share one thing for the new students “work hard towards your goal, be honest and be friendly to everyone and you will make the best out of HTMi”.
HTMi International Development Group congratulates Aishah for her very valuable contribution and skill shown in successfully achieving the EduTrust certification. Aishah is an excellent ambassador, team player , and goal focused member of HTMi (Singapore) . As a direct result of her achievements and her strong support to achieve our EduTrust certification, Aishah is now promoted to become HTMi (Singapore) Recruitment and Career Manager. This new role is designed to lead to a strong follow through in the students development from the time they are recruited to the time when HTMi ( Singapore ) assists with Career Work Experience in Singapore , and finally to establish many career starts for HTMi (Singapore) graduates. Good luck Aishah to establish the HTMi (Singapore ) Career Centre. Aishah also has ascended to the role of Deputy Director.
Pictured: Charles (left), Eugene (right)
My name is Charles from Singapore. HTMi Singapore has been a great starting place which have kick-start my career in the hotel industry. Even though, in the beginning having contemplated if i should join the School. I was glad that i had joined the school. Moving to my experience in Switzerland.
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page” quotes from the philosopher Augustin is one motivation why I came out of Singapore to go see the world and expose myself. The Swiss education in HTMi is the opportunity to see the world. The HTMi Journey has exposed myself to different cultures from all over the world but more importantly, it is a journey to discover who I am. As much as studies are very important, I really treasure each and every friend who I have to spend my time here within this semester. In my most heartfelt ways, I appreciate each and every teachers and staff in HTMi that have helped me. I look forward to my next internship in Swissôtel in Zürich as an F&B trainee.The internship will definitely be exceptional fun and enriching one that I hope will not only give me the experience but the memories that I can be proud of. Thank you.
I am Eugene Koh, currently pursuing my Bachelors of Science Degree at HTMi Switzerland. Before heading to Switzerland I was already in touched with the industry as I have worked at several hotels in Singapore, where I worked in the kitchen; from banquets kitchens all the way to Michelin-starred kitchens, but soon after I realised that kitchen and its operations are just a small sector of the whole hotel experience, so I decided to widen my knowledge by choosing a reputable and reliable school which could supply me with not just knowledge but also opportunities to apply the knowledge in real life situations. Thus, I started my journey of finding a school which offers me that.
I came across many reputable international schools during my journey. After considering multiple schools and looking at the recognition of the certificate and other factors, HTMi’s brand kept popping up in my mind and telling me that it is the right institute for me to pursue my further education. So I started off my journey at HTMi Singapore. During my time there, I obtained a Higher Diploma in International Hospitality Management. I was told by my instructor which are friends after school hours, that I should pursue my further education at HTMi Switzerland. I had my doubts as it was my first time travelling out of my home country Singapore and putting myself in an International environment, although I have heard from many of my friends and colleagues that Switzerland is a country where hospitality schools are reputable and the certificate from the country is widely accepted and treasured. So, after much consideration, I told myself “why not? What is the worst that could happen?”. During this critical duration of my decision, HTMi Singapore informed me that we are coming to HTMi Switzerland for a study trip, and I could see for myself the school, its facilities and allowing to feel whether if this school is right for me.
After the study trip, I was blown away as to how professional everyone was, they dressed well, talked professionally, and most importantly the relationship between lecturers and students are very close, and I appreciate that a lot.
As of today, I never regretted coming to an international school and coming to HTMi Switzerland for my education, I am supported by my lectures and close friends all the time during school hours and even after school hours on my studies and personal matters. During one time, I was struggling to get comfortable with my classmates as it was my first time in an international environment but I was advised to break away from my own bubble and fully open myself to experiences. I really appreciate the time and effort my lecturers have put into my personal development, although they were strict at times, I could understand their rationale and it provides me with a continuous challenge to further improve myself.
At the moment of writing this passage, I am left with 3 weeks towards the completion of my Bachelors. To be very honest, I will really miss this school, the environment and the things I have taken away from it.
Looking forward, from the support by the school’s career center, I got the opportunity to have my internship at Marriott Zürich as an Executive Lounge Trainee. I am looking forward to seeing what lies ahead of me and also further looking forward to using what I have learned from school to apply to the industry.
Thank you once again to HTMi for guidance towards my personal growth in character and education.
The HTMi Career Centre has the pleasure to offer some great updates for our Alumni. We are working hard to revamping the actual network and to encourage more the communication and collaboration process.
First of all, we are proud to announce that the Alumni website, at www.myhtmi.ch, has been upgraded and relaunched. Please visit it and see all the projects we are currently developing and you will find out useful information! Even more, we care about our Alumni and their opinions, so do not hesitate to write us for improvements and suggestions.
Did you know about the HTMi Alumni Reunions? We have just organised the first three gatherings in Singapore, Bucharest and Budapest with the aim to facilitate the meeting and networking between the current and future Alumni. It is a new project, but with your support and with the increasing number of HTMi students and Alumni worldwide, for sure it will start growing. Moreover, in order to facilitate these reunions, as well as main pillars of this project, HTMi is looking for Alumni Presidents in different regions of the world. Are you interested? – visit the website and write us at [email protected] for further information.
We sat down with our Diploma student Dominik Stračár to talk about his passion for coffee and what it was like to prepare and participate at the Barista Roku Competition in Prague, Czech Republic.
After lots of hard work and training at HTMi with Mr. Yazan Sudki along with the support of Mr. Roger Wittwer at KAFISCHMITTE (www.kafischmitte.ch) and Mr Andre Eiermann at UCC Coffee Switzerland (www.ucc-coffee.ch) Dominik was able to reach the semi finals, and now is preparing to compete at the Swiss Barista Competition in 2018.
“It was last year, when I made up my mind to compete. The reason I compete is not because I want to win…that’s just a bonus of hard work. No, the reason I compete is because I want to learn more about coffee and all the hard work that goes into it before we even drink it.” – Dominik
My name is Roshan Joshua Abraham. However, at HTMi grounds, I am often referred and called to simply as Joshua. I am 20 years old and was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I have always had an interest in hospitality and culinary arts. Upon graduating high school back in 2014, I enrolled in the Malaysian Campus of Le Cordon Bleu. When I graduated the course, I realised I wanted to further my studies in the field of hospitality and management. That is where HTMi came in. I had previously come across HTMi and its relevant modules and beautiful setting in Sörenberg way back when I was 15 and even then had thought that study in Switzerland took root then. I recalled my fascination with HTMi and realised that study there would benefit me greatly.
I joined the institute back in January 2016 the spring semester. It has been such whirlwind yet steep learning curve. I have learnt and gained so much awareness in study and living and I still continue to do so everyday. My first internship was an F&B/ housekeeping cross training. This experience enabled me to witness first hand how an establishment functions and it was all thanks to HTMi and their resourceful career centre. The staff and teachers are extremely helpful and consistently encourage me to hone my craft in order to prepare me for the real world (which I will be joining very shortly). I am about to commence my second internship shortly at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Florida, for a culinary trainee position.
I look forward to applying new skills for when I return to HTMi and eventually to my future work endeavours. It is a fun and friendly environment here and I know all students leave here with an unforgettable experience!
I am Atika Rahma, and I came from the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta. I lived in Jakarta since I was born until I turned 16 years old. All my life I’ve had the goal is to become a well-known pastry chef and own a famous restaurant in my own country. Baking and Pastry always took place in my heart since I was six years old, that is why later then I decided to move from Jakarta to the neighbouring> country Singapore. After finishing my ten years of formal education in Jakarta, I moved to Singapore to study in Pastry and Baking for almost two years. Also in Singapore I completed a seven month long internship as a pastry trainee in the Shangri-La Hotel. It was a very interesting and challenging journey. I got the chance of working in two stations: production kitchen, and cake shop station, where I was chosen to become the person in-charge for three weeks in a row. In addition, I had another kitchen experience that took place in Mercure Hotel Jakarta. I was there for Christmas and New Year’s Eve in 2015. After I finished my Diploma studies in Singapore, I decided to move to Switzerland to further my education and gain bachelor certificate. I chose HTMi because HTMi is a very good school for hospitality, tourism, culinary and pastry. HTMi is located in Sörenberg, Switzerland which is known to have the best hospitality industry in the world over the past few years. In the past four months that I have been here, I have learned a lot of things and also gained valuable new experiences. I really like this school. The teachers are very helpful, the students are very warm and diverse which. It is great to learn about everyone’s cultures. I believe that HTMi will lead me to a bright future ahead and I really looking forward to gaining a new internship experience in a Swiss Hotel. I look forward to continuing my studies over the next two years then I can go back to my home country with the knowledge that I earned, and eventually make my dream come true; open my own restaurant and give job opportunities to people in my country who have the same passion as I do.
Charles Hains, Academic Director and Martin Jost, Head of Research at HTMi together with two BSc graduate students, Lilly Szabo and Michelle Georgieva discuss the challenges of achieving a First Class Honours degree from Ulster University.
Please visit the HTMi International Hospitality and Tourism Student Journal website (www.sturesearch.ch) to view some of the outstanding research papers which achieved a First Class Award.
Congratulations to Kanan Yusifov, Taek Hwan Lee and Mehmet Gurdeniz for their ongoing internship at the W Hotel Verbier.
Congratulations to Kanan Yusifov, Taek Hwan Lee and Mehmet Gurdeniz for their ongoing internship at the W Hotel Verbier. As part of the Starwood and Marriott brands, the W Hotel Verbier is an extraordinary property, especially during the winter skiing season.
This represents the first internship experience in Switzerland for Kanan, Taek and Mehmet and they have been learning a lot! Experiencing the F&B department in such a vibrant property is for sure demanding, but the three gentlemen are performing really well, and they are continually develop their personal and professional skills.
We would like to congratulate them for starting a strong career in the hospitality industry. This experience will be extremely valuable for their future as hospitality leaders. The Career Centre is very proud with their achievement and is looking forward to sharing more and more updated information of our students. Best regards from all the HTMi team.