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DRH and Taylor’s University to Develop a Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts School in Desaru Coast

Posted: Wed 6 Mar, 2013 2:05 PM

Malaysians will soon be able to benefit from a partnership between Destination Resorts and Hotels (DRH), established by the Malaysian Government investment’s arm, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, and Taylor's University.


As a result, the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts will be established at the region’s first integrated luxury destination, Desaru Coast via this strategic collaboration. Moreover, this initiative will boost Johor as a regional centre of excellence in technical-vocational education, focusing on Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts education at Certificate and Diploma level.


Based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed today, DRH, via Desaru Development Corporation (DDC) will be developing the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts together with the infrastructures at Desaru Coast.


On the other hand, Taylor’s University, the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, is responsible in providing the educational framework.


Johor is projected to open-up 40 new hotels in the next 10 to 12 years and this project aiming to train and groom a talent pool of hospitality professionals in the country. From the nation’s perspective, it will contribute towards the attainment of the Government’s Economic Transformation Programme objective to transform Malaysia into a high-income nation by 2020.


Taylor’s University Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Dato’ Dr. Hassan Said in his speech shared, “This partnership between DRH and Taylor’s is an excellent example of our continuous engagement effort with the industry; which is one of our strategic thrusts. Through this MOU, we will not only build up our local pool of talented and fit-for-industry graduates but also assist in enhancing Johor’s reputation as a human capital development hub.”


Hassan added that the establishment of the School Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts will bring countless benefits to Desaru’s community and on a larger scale, contribute to the growth of the country’s tourism and economy.


Ms Eliena Gaman, Director Corporate Strategy of DRH said, “This is a testimony of the role of DRH, as a catalyst of the continuous development of the country’s leisure and tourism industry. Our destinations are built to attract higher rate of tourist arrivals and increase tourists expenditure, and most importantly, to stimulate various socio-economy developments in the surrounding area. With the 3,500 job opportunities forecasted in Desaru Coast within the next 5 years, it is critical for us to make available a sustainable platform for the supply of human capital to be placed in the various components at Desaru Coast.”


Miss Eliana Gaman added that the concept of the school in Desaru Coast gives students to real-life environment through practical trainings and to be groomed by reputable and world-renowned hotel and hospitality owners. “It also allows us as the destination owner, to manage and monitor the quality and timing of the graduates from the school, as they transition into their careers at Desaru Coast upon graduation,” said Eliena.


Students will get the chance to experience diversified hospitality careers in Desaru Coast, from hotel management to theme park operations and retail management. Desaru Coast spans over 3,900 acres along a prestigious 17-kilometre beachfront along the east coast of Johor. Phase 1 of Desaru Coast offers an array of world-class premium resorts, hotels, and various leisure attractions which includes designer golf courses, lifestyle retail village, theme parks, multi-purpose convention centers and a School Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts.