Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is teaming up with the Business and Hotel Management School (BHMS) in Switzerland to offer Sri Lanka’s first Swiss degree in hospitality and tourism.
UCOL, based in Wattala, is a co-educational hotel school registered with the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) under the purview of the Ministry of Youth and Skills Development. The school has been offering diplomas in hospitality management since its inception four years ago and this will be its first Swiss-affiliated degree program.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the degree programme was signed between the Chief Executive Officer of UCOL, Rilwan Razick, and Dr. Charles Hains, Head of Project Development at the school’s third annual convocation held at BMICH on February 20.
“Encouraged by the number of students from Sri Lanka showing interest in the programme and the government’s initiative to promote hospitality, BHMS School has decided to offer the same degree at an affordable cost for Sri Lankan and Maldivian students,” said Razick.
In addition, the school also signed an MOU with the ‘Tell Direct’ drug eradication project implemented in the Western Province under DIG Deshabandu Tennekoon to offer vocational training scholarships to rehabilitate youth. The scholarship will be offered to 25 youth in the beginning and will be extended to more, depending on their interest. The 14-month vocational course will include 8 months of full-time practical training and on-the-job training at leading hotels.