In a landmark move aimed at advancing hospitality education in India, Accor and the International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) have officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The signing ceremony took place at IIHM’s esteemed Global Campus in Salt Lake, Kolkata, and signifies a significant step towards providing comprehensive hospitality education and fostering employment opportunities for students across the country.
The MoU, inked by Puneet Dhawan, Senior Vice President of Operations at Accor India & South Asia, and Dr. Suborno Bose, Founder and CEO of IIHM, solidifies a long-term collaborative partnership that promises to bring about positive changes in the field of hospitality education.
Puneet Dhawan, Senior Vice President of Operations at Accor India & South Asia, commented on the partnership, stating, “Our collaboration with IIHM marks a significant milestone in nurturing future talents within the hospitality sector. We are committed to equipping young minds with the skills and knowledge essential for success in the dynamic world of hospitality.”
Dr. Suborno Bose, Founder and CEO of IIHM, echoed this sentiment, remarking, “Becoming a top professional in the hospitality industry is a journey that requires dedication, education, and hands-on experience. The partnership with Accor India underscores our dedication to providing students with the finest education and industry exposure. Together, we are shaping the future of hospitality, where education meets excellence.”
As part of this partnership, IIHM will offer 1-Year Certificate/Diploma courses, which include industrial training and exams, in accordance with the Tourism and Hospitality Skill Council (THSC) and the requirements of the Government of India. These courses will be available in various locations, including Delhi NCR, Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune, Goa, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, and Hyderabad.
Accor will play a vital role in supporting IIHM’s curriculum development by providing industry-relevant insights. The partnership includes facilitating guest lectures, faculty development programs, internships, and placements in Accor-managed hotels. Students will also benefit from operational exposure across Accor’s properties in India.
This collaboration between Accor and IIHM represents a significant stride towards enhancing the quality of hospitality education in India and preparing students for successful careers in the dynamic hospitality industry.