Polytechnics Mauritius Limited has been set up under the aegis of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources to provide "High Quality Job-ready Graduates to spearhead the development of the country into a knowledge-based and skills driven economy"
HTMi Switzerland is the Swiss education and training centre representing the HTMi brand globally, and due to its excellent reputation and achievements, has grown to four HTMi fully branded campuses in Switzerland, Singapore, Dubai and Australia (Visit htmi.ch > Campuses), as well as key partnership campuses and “Sister Schools” in many other countries globally. This excellent multi- campus achievement is a result of all the efforts of HTMi International Development Group led by CEO / Managing Director Ian Larmour, Academic Director Bernie Quinn and Director of Diplomatic Relations Vinoth Prakas. The 2019 organisation at HTMi Switzerland to continue to develop quality and drive forward our ambitious vision of being a leading hotel management institute in the world is at this link: (https://htmi.ch/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/HTMi-Switzerland-201904-Org-chart-V2.pdf). Moving forward, the international recruitment teams will now work under the leadership of Mr Ian Larmour and supported by many talented marketing managers. We will grow the HTMi Marketing Team to support our recruitment and through focused talent development programmes to support our new HTMi International Development Group. Moving forward, to further consolidate all admissions and partnership administration is now centrally handled in Switzerland, with our new Asia support office in HTMi (Singapore). Mr Rohit Bhatia has decided to set up his own independent boarding school in Switzerland (SIBS), and his focus will be there and his RIG India school in future.
HTMi Switzerland joins a growing brand family under Swiss Hospitality Group International, and more news on this group will follow, as well as more announcements about the development of Campuses globally. Moving forward our global ambition is to support a wider variety of service and other industry sectors, and to provide students globally more choices and study destinations within the rapid internationalisation of the global hospitality and tourism industry.
After the Orientation day held on Thursday 21 March 2019 at Montagne Blanche Campus, on the following day, the students of the Diploma in International Hotel and Tourism Management Cohort 1 made an industry visit to Maritim Hotel and Le Meridien Hotel.
The visit, at Maritim Hotel, Ms Kavita of Maritim Hotel and the students visited the followings:
Rooms division including 3 types of rooms available
Kitchen and the various restaurants
Stable, tortoise park and the feeding area for rescued animals.
Ruins of Balaclava
At Le Meridien Hotel, the visit was guided by Ms Manjula Issury and the students visited the followings:
Rooms division including the types of rooms available
Kitchen and the various restaurants
The students were delighted to be able to learn more about the hotel offer and its facilities and what is being currently practiced in the industry. They had the opportunity to ask questions and become more knowledgeable about the subject area. All were offered lunch, which just reflects the outstanding hospitality from the Le Meridien Hotel and especially Mrs Manjula.
A big thanks to Mrs. Antje Tourneur, Mr. Raj Rajcoomar and Mrs. Kavita at Maritim Hotel and Ms Manuja Issury and Ms Christine Helene for showing the students the various departments of the Le Meridien hotel.
A roundtable discussion was organised on Wed. 13 March 2019 at Voila Bagatelle by the UK Commonwealth Alumni Chapter of Mauritius. The CEO of Polytechnics Mauritius attended and spoke on “High skills as the main currency of the future”.
The programme lasted for around one hour with the following schedule of events:
18:50 – 19:40 : Statement by panelists followed by open discussion (Moderator – Dr
Professor Dhanjay Jhurry CSK, Vice-Chancellor, University of Mauritius
Mr Yamal Matabudul, CEO Polytechnics Mauritius.
Mr Suresh Munbodh, Managing Director, Global Learning (1975 Scholar, MSc Chemical Education, University of East Anglia).
Dr Shradanand Krish Permalloo, Ex-Senior Research and Development Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, Food Technology & Natural Resources, Government of Mauritius (1986 Scholar, PhD Entomology, Cardiff University).
Dr Vimi Dookhun, Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Mauritius (2009 Split-site Scholar, PhD Environmental Engineering, University of Surrey and University of Mauritius).
19:40-19:45 : Concluding remarks & Vote of thanks by Dr Devina Lobine.
The Short Course in German Language was launched on Saturday 09th March 2019 at our Reduit campus. We have participants from distinct fields along with our students enrolled on the National Diploma in Nursing and Diploma in International Hotel and Tourism Management coming under one roof, to learn one language for so many reasons.
Some are learning German as they are aware of the career opportunities awaiting for them in Germany, others love travelling and believe that knowing a foreign language make travelling more fun. Some participants have enrolled for this programme as they wish to study in Germany and learning German in Germany cost a lot, as compared to the unbeatable price offered by Polytechnics Mauritius Ltd (PML). It goes without saying that knowing the German language will be an advantage for them to easily adapt there. Initially, we were expecting to get 30 students to launch one batch but with the price and quality training proposed, we have already reached more than 75 students and ready to launch our second batch.
An induction is never complete without an introduction to the PML’s culture. We were delighted to see a group of quiet students transforming into a lively class, enthralled by the way we clap, say no, say yes and the way we welcome guests. To add to the fun, one of our students sung a few lines of the “We will Rock You” song, while others were demonstrating the PML culture of welcoming guests. This was the moment we felt that these students were happy to be part of the PML family. Our Chief Guest on that day was Mr Gohee, ex-student of our trainer Mr David Seetanna.
Mr David has more than 30 years’ of experience as a trainer in German language. Mr Gohee gave an overview of his journey as a German language student and how this language has helped him throughout his career. Mr Gohee has acquired years of experiences in the fields of hospitality and training.
Learning a language at PML means getting an insight of the culture, traditions and norms of that country, especially if you intend to travel or migrate there. Hence, the cultural immersion is included in this programmes, for students to get acquainted to the German culture in terms of German dishes, music, movies as well as accepted behaviors among others.
Our participants already got a taste of the German delicacies on Saturday. They enjoyed some yummy Kartoffelpuffers, Schokoladenbiss, Hähnchen brotch, Vegetarier brotch and Waffle. At the end of the induction, there was a quiz competition where students who answered correctly got a “cone” containing candy and pen drive. Did you know that on the first day of school in Germany every child gets a Cone containing toys and candy which symbolizes “A way of celebrating seriousness of life”!!!
This programme is in line with the course outline of the Goethe Institut and will enable students to sit for the Goethe Exams for an A1. Our weekly programmes will consist of 2hrs theory and 2hrs practice. Practice is mandatory when learning a language as it has a lot to do with articulations, voice tone and accent. Every week, practice will be either in terms of SPEAK, class presentation (group and individual), simulation, game, activities, events, video conference and workshops. To make learning more interesting, a Facebook group has been created for students to share at least one German word every day. Hence, at the end of the week, they will learn 294 words excluding the new words learnt in class. Participants will also have to converse in basic German language on campus such as instead of saying Good Morning we say “Guten Morgen” and “Danke” instead of thank you.
At the end of the induction students were requested to fill in an evaluation form to help us improve where needed. We were pleased to get so many positive feedbacks from the German language crew from batch 1 who already requested that we continue the German Course to reach the B2. A promise that we will surely keep.
This is the first course launched at PML where staff will be students. We have the PolyCore, PolyCAS, PolyIdentity and now PML staff and students are being encouraged to become Polyglot (someone who knows and speaks multiple languages) this will open up more job opportunities and make us more competitive on the global market. We are looking forward for a challenging and enriching journey.
The CEO was invited as Chief Guest for the 51st Celebration of Independence Day and 27th Republic Day celebration at Soopaya Soobiah Government School in Reduit. At Polytechnics Mauritius, we believe in the power of doing good and being good. We also fundamentally believe that it is important to invest in youth development. The PolyCAS project at PML requires every student to spend time in volunteer activity and acting as a social agent of positive change. We were very glad to have an opportunity to witness the primary school children in action – reading the National Anthem, singing and reading poetry. It also is a stark reminder that talent exists in many forms from a very young age.
Question – how are we honing their talents and ensuring that creativity sustains as they grow through the ranks?
The energy, enthusiasm and laughter of the primary school children is infectious and a warm reminder that we should be more involved at the level of our community, in the proximity of our campuses in Mauritius.
Thank you to Mrs. Shreedam, Headmistress, Mrs. Reesaul, President of the Parent Teacher’s Association, Members of the PTA, Teachers and above all, pupils for doing such a good job.