MoU Signing On Strategic Academic Alliance Between KDU & Hilton Worldwide

 
L-R : Mr KK Loke, Head of School of SHTCA, Prof Dr Hiew Pang Leang, Vice Chancellor of Kdu, Jamie Mead, Regional Manager (Malaysia) of Hilton Worldwide and Shamala Jayabala Krishnan,Human Resource Regional Director (Malaysia) of Hilton Worldwide. KDU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Hiew Pang Leang and Jamie Mead signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Hilton Worldwide, on which a school partnership agreement to continue developing talents for the country’s rapidly growing hospitality industry.
 
A token of appreciation from Hilton to KDU.

 
 A group photo together with the Talent Opportunity Program (TOP) students who will start rigorous on-the-job practical training and a theoretical curriculum designed at Hilton soon. Congratulations!
KDU have inked a second Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hilton Worldwide, on which a school partnership agreement to continue developing talents for the country’s rapidly growing hospitality industry. Hilton Worldwide will again offer students of KDU University College rigorous on-the-job practical training and a theoretical curriculum designed, called Talent Opportunity Program (TOP), to equip them for successful careers in hospitality.
 
Making the training programme official, the MoU was signed by KDU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr. Hiew Pang Leang and Hilton Worldwide Regional General Manager (Malaysia) Jamie Mead, under the watchful eyes of School of Hospitality, Tourism & Culinary Arts (SHTCA), Head of School, KK Loke and Hilton Worldwide Human Resource Regional Director (Malaysia) Shamala Jayabala Krishnan.
 
According to Prof Dr. Hiew, the signed MoU would also provide the perfect platform for more students to gain real-world working experience in established hotels and resorts within Hilton Worldwide properties in Malaysia and beyond.
 
“Under the partnership, Hilton Worldwide will adopt a selected group of KDU students who are currently pursuing their Bachelor of Hospitality Management or Bachelor of Culinary Management, and expose them to the operations and expectations of the hospitality industry through a series of specially-designed training sessions, workshops and seminars under the TOP program” said Prof Dr. Hiew after the signing ceremony.
 
From the first collaboration under the TOP program which started in 2014, nine students were selected and all of them had gone through various programs & activities under Hilton Worldwide such as internal Hilton leadership program, 7 habits, departmental cross exposure and many more. All nine students had been secured for their internships with Hilton properties local and international by early next year.
 
 
As outlined in the Malaysia Tourism Transformation Plan (MTTP) 2020, Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board aims to boost tourist arrivals to 36 million by 2020. Furthermore, World Travel & Tourism Council forecasted that international arrivals in Southeast Asia region will total 145.2 million by 2023. The expected growth poses great opportunities for hospitality companies and for young people who have a passion for working in this industry.