MUSCAT: The National Hospitality Institute (NHI) signed here on Thursday, Feb 1, 2024, an agreement with French culinary institute Ecole Hôtelière de Paris to establish an exchange program between the two institutes.
Speaking to the Observer, Veronique Aulagnon, Ambassador of the French Republic to the Sultanate of Oman, highlighted the significance of this event. This is the first ever partnership between a French hospitality school and an Omani institution and Ecole Hôtelière de Paris is one of the oldest and well recognized hospitality institutions in the world.
Ambassador Aulagnon added: "France is widely recognized for its know-how and is a major tourism and gastronomy destination. So, I'm really convinced that we can bring a lot to Oman and to NHI. And, as I said, it's also a way to expand people-to-people connections between our two countries."
The agreement will include an international exchange program which will facilitate the exchange of Omani and French interns in the hospitality sector. The two parties will also conduct a joint certificate program. Furthermore, the collaboration will also include masterclasses taught by professors of Institute Ecole Hôtelière de Paris.
Robert Maclean, Principal - National Hospitality Institute, shared the following in a statement, “This collaboration represents a commitment to excellence, cultural exchange, and the elevation of our students' educational experience. Together, we are creating a dynamic environment that fosters innovation, global perspectives, and prepares our students to excel in the ever-evolving landscape of the hospitality industry."
He also announced the launch of the NHI Hospitality Forum, a bimonthly gathering of hospitality industry key stakeholders, aimed at discussing current issues in the field.
Furthermore, the National Hospitality Institute also announced the creation of a hospitality job platform which will connect job seekers with employers