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Strategic Alliance – between Sommet Education and Indian School of Hospitality to boost Hospitality Education in India

INDIA, Gurugram: With a broader vision of offering a global standard of education to a larger number of hospitality and culinary arts aspirants in the years to come, in India and the neighbouring countries, Sommet Education, world leaders in hospitality and culinary education, owners of globally renowned institutes including Les Roches, École Ducasse and Glion Institute of Higher Education, recently announced a strategic partnership with Indian School of Hospitality (ISH), founded by hospitality veteran Dilip Puri at an event in Delhi NCR recently.

Through this partnership, École Ducasse, a worldwide education reference in culinary and pastry arts launched its first campus in India at ISH, and Les Roches,one of the world’s leading hospitality business schools will provide academic curriculum for ISH’s undergraduate and postgraduate hospitality management programmes.

Benoît-Etienne Domenget, CEO, Sommet Education and Dilip Puri, Founder & CEO, Indian School of Hospitality announced their future development plans for India during the event to celebrate the alliance.

Plans include expansion of the current ISH Gurugram campus by adding on an additional 25,000 sq. ft of classrooms, training kitchens, and student experience areas.This expansion will take up the capacity of the campus to over 500 students and will be operational by early 2022.

Speaking on the occasion, Benoit-Etienne Domenget, CEO, Sommet Education, said, “India is one of the fastest growing countries in the world, with hospitality and tourism contributing to a large share of economic growth and employment. As a dynamic young economy, India is the perfect development platform for international education brands to invest in and innovate.

While ISH has set benchmarks with their global curriculum, faculty, and state-of-the-art infrastructure; expansion of the campus will lay grounds for more talented students to choose the exciting field of hospitality and culinary arts and become future leaders who will steer the industry towards success.

Dilip Puri, Founder & CEO, Indian School of Hospitality commented, “ISH shares similar values of an entrepreneurial and developmental mindset with Sommet Education. The higher education landscape in India is rapidly transforming in order to meet the needs of a young demographic, and ISH intends to be at the vanguard of this transformation by bringing the world’s best education brands. We want to create a talent pool that’s not just global but also equipped with a future-proof skill set.”

Expansion outside the Gurugram campus

Sommet Education and ISH are evaluating opportunities for a second campus to be located in Mumbai, Bengaluru, or Hyderabad. They also intend to launch a network of École Ducasse studios in select cities across India. These studios will cater to the needs of professionals, enthusiasts, and career changers for upskilling and acquiring new skills. The targeted cities include New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru.

Together, the partners shared their ambition to become the largest hospitality and culinary arts education player in India in the next 3 years, supported by global expansion plans.

Indian School of Hospitality is an institute of higher education focused on reimagining hospitality education for today’s generation and tomorrow’s businesses. ISH is part of Sommet Education’s global network of 18 campuses across 8 countries.

At its ultra-modern campus in Gurgaon (Delhi NCR), ISH offers degree as well as diploma and certificate programmes in hospitality management and culinary arts at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Their culinary programmes are offered with the expertise, know-how and industry recognition of the global École Ducasse brand, and hospitality management programmesare offered in alliance with Les Roches, one of the world’s leading hospitality business schools. Affiliated to Gurugram University, ISH is also the only Indian institute to hold an academic alliance with Asia’s leaders in culinary arts, At-Sunrice Global Chef Academy, Singapore.

Sommet Education is the world’s leader in hospitality management education. Its global network of prestigious institutions comprises Swiss originated hospitality business schools Glion Institute of Higher Education and Les Roches, together with culinary and pastry arts school École Ducasse. In April 2021, Sommet Education acquired South African Education leader Invictus Education, adding four new schools to its portfolio. And currently, in 2021, Sommet Education also expanded in India through a majority stake in the Indian School of Hospitality with a campus in Gurugram (Delhi NCR).

These institutions offer 400 undergraduate, graduate and technical training programs to 9,000 students from 100 nations and 10 000 learners. Teaching is offered across four continents on 18 campuses, as well asthrough state-of-the-art remote learning platforms. Between them, the schools have a network of 60,000 influential alumni in hospitality and beyond.

Sommet Education is the only education group with two in the Top 4 globally-ranked institutions for hospitality education and by employer reputation (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021).

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