Originally opened in January 2021 exclusively for short courses, the Singapore campus of EHL Hospitality Business School, founded in 1893 as Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, opened its doors to the first batch of Bachelor of Science HES-SO in September 2021.
After the first semester of classes, Singapore’s Lepetitjournal.com checks in with Damien DeLea, Director of Operations for EHL Campus (Singapore).
In January 2021, the Singapore campus opened exclusively for short courses. In September 2021, 53 students returned to the magnificent Singapore campus despite Covid-related restrictions. Special arrangements were then made to have classes of less than 50 people, according to the restrictions now in force. The classes were split into two, one attending the course face-to-face and the other via video conference from a connected room, with this group rotating each week.
Second group of students
Since February, a second group of students has returned to campus and a total of 60 students representing 21 nationalities can now take face-to-face classes. The program is identical to that offered in Lausanne, except for the languages offered. Singapore offers the opportunity to study several Asian languages such as Japanese, Malay and Mandarin, which is also available in Lausanne.
Undergraduate students have the opportunity to do a semester exchange between EHL SSTH campuses in Passug, EHL Campus (Lausanne) and Campus (Singapore). They also have the option to combine it with an internship to be held during the 4th semester of studies, allowing them to immerse themselves in Asian culture for students coming from Europe, or conversely, Western culture for students from Asian countries .
Western students, who make up about half of Singapore’s student body, want to benefit from immersion in the local culture, just as Asians seek Western immersion in Lausanne.
Financial aid possible
EHL Singapore offers 4 scholarships per semester to young local Singaporean or international talents to encourage them to come and study at EHL Hospitality Business School. They are based on merit and obviously need.
Tuition fees are roughly the same at both campuses. The difference is due to the services not being identical. The Singapore campus does not offer accommodation, unlike the one in Lausanne, which has student accommodation – over 800 beds. In Singapore, students do not stay on campus but benefit from the institution’s assistance in finding accommodation nearby. EHL is currently working on options that should be available from September (EHL as Principal Tenant).
The Singapore campus has a dining area, the cost of which is included in the tuition fee. In Lausanne, the campus, which welcomes more than 3,000 students, has six dining establishments available to students, ranging from the “finger breakfast” to the starred restaurant “Le Berceau des Sens”. At the beginning of each year, student cards are charged an amount covering the minimum costs of drinks and food. Therefore, they can choose where they want to spend it – and top up their cards as they wish.
Courses ranging from BA to MBA, short or online courses
At the EHL (Singapore) campus, in addition to the undergraduate course, you can follow short courses ranging from luxury brand management to wine investment. These courses, some of which can be taken online, are designed for both retraining and specialization professionals.
What has Covid changed in hospitality?
Hygiene and safety standards were greatly strengthened during the pandemic. Habits are built and they will continue. Especially in tourism; traveling with a mask is likely to become the norm, and not only in Asia, where it is already worn very spontaneously.
Home cooking will live on thanks to easy access to favorite dishes with just a few clicks on the phone. The way of consumption is completely different for the new generation. Only restaurants capable of offering a true customer experience, such as gourmet restaurants, will continue to serve their customers within their walls; people want a setting, service, food and atmosphere that stimulate their taste buds, their imagination and tell a story.
Evolution in course teaching during Covid
Students are used to studying from home with online courses. The teachers too, despite the resistance at the beginning. On-site learning remains privileged, but the door is open to hybrid learning.
Investments have been made in EHL for this type of training. Some universities were already very well equipped with technology to deal with the pandemic. Including universities of technology, engineering or even some major business schools. Others, the majority, had to catch up on the technological and communication lag they had in order to cope with this period of distance learning. EHL was already well positioned, online courses already existed, especially for MBA.
For the practical courses, especially in the preparatory class, we had to adapt and reinvent ourselves. Be inventive and creative! And everyone has brought their stone to the building. The experience was probably not equivalent to what was offered on site, but the responsiveness and creativity of the people involved made it possible to approach it as close as possible.
Crises are the impetus for innovation. Solidarity, understanding, tolerance were the key words in this period of crisis. Human relationships changed after being disconnected during isolation.
EHL’s vision for the coming years
The aim is to conduct the entire undergraduate program – ie. 6 semesters – until June 2024. Ultimately, 5 groups of students will be on the site, since the 4th semester is an internship, i.e. approximately 250 students. With a current maximum capacity of almost 300 people, the question of expanding the Singapore campus may arise in the long term – this will depend in particular on growth in the coming years.
EHL & EHT: A rich cultural exchange between two hotel schools
Since 2015, EHL has been a partner of the Paul Dubrule School of Hospitality and Tourism in Cambodia. It is a non-profit professional hospitality institution in Siem Reap whose mission is to provide access to young disadvantaged Cambodians and people from the ASEAN community to innovative and professional education.
As part of its corporate social responsibility program, EHL provides academic and management support as well as regular interventions by several EHL experts at the school in Cambodia. For the past five years, the two schools have shared common values of excellence, generosity and professional success among their students.