National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism Signed MOUs with Three Educational Organizations in France. A New Chapter of International Academic Cooperation Ensues.

National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism(NKUHT)
National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism Signed MOUs with Three Educational Organizations in France. A New Chapter of International Academic Cooperation Ensues.

Country:France Partner:Ecole De Savignac、Chambre De Metiers Et De L’Artisanat Du Finistere、Ferrandi Paris Type of Cooperation: Cooperation Since:2017

Case Feature

  • Signing MOUs with two excellent universities and one vocational skill training center with a rich history in France will create more options of overseas internship and exchange programs for NKUHT students, as well as chances to hone their language skills, improve depth in themselves, and experience different cultures. Moreover, students will get the chance to take internship at Michelin restaurants, learning about authentic French cuisine under the guidance of professional French chefs, and also at famous hotels to gain experience of authentic, sophisticated hotel management service practice
President Yueh-Hsiu Lin of National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism (second from the right), Director Richard Ginioux of Ecole De Savignac in France (second from the left), Dean Tsu-Ling Chen of International Office (far left) and International Project Manager Chrystel Masdupuy (far right) who recognized the devotion of NKUHT to promoting practical academic exchange between Taiwan and France.

National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism Signed MOUs with Three Educational Organizations in France. A New Chapter of International Academic Cooperation Ensues.
President Yueh-Hsiu Lin and Dean Tsu-Ling Chen of International Office of National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism (NKUHT) had travelled to France to visit Ecole De Savignac in Périgord, Chambre De Metiers Et De L’Artisanat Du Finistere in Quimper, and Ferrandi Paris in Paris for exchange and communication. MOUs were signed and cooperation on academics and technology were discussed. President Lin remarked that signing the MOUs not only starts a new chapter in the cultivation of hospitality and tourism talent in Taiwan that meet international standards, but also helps lessen the nearly 10 times difference between domestic and overseas internship opportunities for NKUHT students. Dean Tsu-Ling Chen of International Office pointed out that signing MOUs with two excellent universities and one vocational skill training center with a rich history in France will create more options of overseas internship and exchange programs for NKUHT students, as well as chances to hone their language skills, improve depth in themselves, and experience different cultures. Moreover, students will get the chance to take internship at Michelin restaurants, learning about authentic French cuisine under the guidance of professional French chefs, and also at famous hotels to gain experience of authentic, sophisticated hotel management service practice.

 

Ecole De Savignac in France cultivates professional talent in English and has exchange students from over twenty countries. Its students are not only fluent in English but also take courses in Chinese. The school has been recognized by grands établissements (higher education institutions) as one of the best hotel management schools in the world and received multiple awards for excellent teaching methods. Vocational training offered by Chambre De Metiers Et De L’Artisanat Du Finistere in France can be dated back to more than a century ago, with professional programs covering dining services, cooking, bakery and more. The institute cooperates with many Michelin restaurants in the Brittany region, offering students the chance to take internship at these premises, improve their knowledge and practical skills, and then obtain professional certification for better future competitiveness in the industry.

 

Founded in 1920 and boasting a history of almost a century, Ferrandi Paris is one of the top culinary and hotel management colleges in France. Professional courses offered here include vocational courses, master programs and more, with focus on the cultivation of excellent dining management talent.

 

All three institutes are located in areas with beautiful nature and bountiful produce. The location of Ecole De Savignac, being the origin of foie gras and black truffle in France and near the famous wine area Bordeaux, is a major vacation spot of Europe. Culture and gourmet food are two of the area’s highlights. For example, the Lascaux Cave Painting, famous cave painting from the stone age in the Vézère Valley, is also in this region. The skill training center of Chambre De Metiers Et De L’Artisanat Du Finistere in Quimper is located on the Brittany Peninsula, where marine products like oysters and fish are bountiful and crepe the France local delicacy originated. The local people are hard-working and hospitable, just like the Taiwanese people, which is the major reason the Chambre launched “Project Taiwan” to cultivate more talent. As for Ferrandi Paris, students can overlook the Eiffel Tower right from their classrooms, and experience everything the capital of France and city of gourmet food has to offer! Each institute highlights a different forte, and students who join their programs will be able to broaden their views besides experiencing the local life and food culture.

 

President Lin provided an explanation based on the statistics of domestic and international internship opportunities versus student applicants to domestic or international internships in 2019. There were 5,288 domestic internship opportunities and 933 applicants, so each applicant had on average 5.67 opportunities. In comparison, there were 179 international internship opportunities but 316 applicants, lowering the average opportunity per applicant to 0.57, showing a difference of about 10 times.

 

President Lin commented that there are many outstanding but financially underprivileged students at the National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism. From a higher educator’s perspective, the school must create more international internship opportunities for the students, so exchange student programs had been the first concern for the recent establishment of partner schools. With exchange student opportunities, students have the chance to learn at a partner school for 6 months, and then choose to take a 6-month internship at a prominent hotel or culinary group in France. This way, our students not only get to gain a boarder view of the world, but can also show the world the potential of Taiwanese students.

 

President Lin emphasized that the university had been communicating and seeking cooperation with the three institutes for years before signing the MOU. This agenda was completed with careful planning and a multitude of communications. After signing with the first institute in Southwest France, she and the Dean of International Office travelled to Northwest France, and eventually went to Paris to complete the signature of MOU with the third institute. Despite the whole trip being intense, they had brought impressive results back to NKUHT and the hospitality and tourism industry and academia of Taiwan.

President Yueh-Hsiu Lin (second from the right) and Dean Tsu-Ling Chen of International Office (far left) of National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism signed a MOU with President Michel Gueguen (second from the left) and Secretariat General Philippe Portal (far right) of Chambre De Metiers Et De L’Artisanat Du Finistere in France.
President Yueh-Hsiu Lin (left) and Dean Tsu-Ling Chen of International Office (right) of National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism signed a MOU with International Project Manager Eliza Cogitore (Middle) of Ferrandi Paris in France.

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