Stenden receives prestigious accreditation from internationally acclaimed Institute of Hospitality in UK

May 20, 2014 4:37 pm

Stenden Hotel Management School, based in the Netherlands, and affiliated to Stenden University Qatar, proudly announces that, following an intensive documentation audit, the Stenden Bachelor and Associate Degree in International Hospitality have been accredited by the acclaimed Institute of Hospitality in the UK.

Stenden Hotel Management School is the first institution in The Netherlands to gain accreditation by this highly regarded global organisation. In doing so, Stenden joins a select group of international partners including Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Emirates Academy and a number of leading universities in the UK, including the University of Derby.

Recognition by the Institute of Hospitality confirms that Stenden Hotel Management School offers programmes of the highest quality that are relevant to the needs of the industry. The Institute provides assurance that both the Bachelor and Associate Degree are appropriate for professional career development within the hospitality industry and match international benchmark criteria. According to the Institute of Hospitality ‘the strong philosophy of having ‘Real World Learning’ at the core of the Stenden programme as well as offering Work based Learning and Industrial Placement both in the Stenden Hotel and other Stenden institutions, nationally and internationally, is to be commended.’

Professor Robert Coelen, Executive Dean of Stenden Qatar, said, “Blowing one’s own trumpet as to how good an institution is, often has low credibility. This is why organisations exist that independently assess the quality of educational offerings. The Institute of Hospitality is one such institution. It is highly regarded by the industry and offers accredited programs a truly credible accolade of quality and appropriateness in preparing graduates for careers in the industry. We are truly proud to be offering a program thus accredited!”

The Institute of Hospitality represents professional managers in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industries and has a worldwide membership in over 100 countries. Being a benchmarking organisation for hospitality, the Institute is recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Acknowledging the scope of the industry and the potential content of the industries’ educational programmes is the main role and responsibility of the Institute. The aim of the accreditation is to encourage the highest professional standards within hospitality, leisure and tourism. The key component that was assessed for the Stenden Hospitality programmes was the nature of hospitality as an area of academic and applied study.

The programmes will be added to the register of accredited courses displayed on the Institute of Hospitality’s website.