Dubai, 20 November, 2016: The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management (EAHM), one of the world’s leading hospitality business management schools and an integral part of the global luxury hotel company, Jumeirah Group, has celebrated its 15 year anniversary and the 12th graduation ceremony at Jumeirah Emirates Towers.The event was attended by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; His Excellency Mohammad Al Gergawi, Chairman of Dubai Holding, Minister of Cabinet Affairs & The Future of the Federal Government of the United Arab Emirates; Ahmad Bin Byat, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of Dubai Holding; Fadel Al Ali, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Holding and Gerald Lawless, Head of Tourism and Hospitality at Dubai Holding.
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HE Mohammad Al Gergawi commented: “It was a moment of great pride for Dubai Holding when Jumeirah Group set up The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, one of the first of its kind in the region, fifteen years ago. Since then, the Academy has been attracting some of the brightest talent from the UAE and the world, building a cadre of competent and dynamic professionals for the hotel and tourism industry. In addition to furthering the UAE’s growing tourism industry, the Academy provides students with the opportunity to pursue a formal, internationally accredited education in this niche field right here at home."
His Excellency Mohammad Al Gergawi continued: “Dubai’s reputation as one of the best destinations in the world for business and holiday travellers is a fair reflection of the success of the Academy and Jumeirah Group as a whole. We are extremely proud to be contributing so significantly to the Dubai Tourism Vision and supporting the government’s efforts at further diversifying Dubai’s economy.”
The mission of Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management is to prepare and develop future leaders for the hospitality, travel and tourism industry. EAHM is the only domestic, home grown hospitality institution offering university qualifications with the UAE and international accreditations.
There are now more than 600 graduates working across the globe in the hospitality sector and beyond. The original class of 2005 now work all over the world for companies including Jumeirah Group, Ernest & Young, the Fairmont, Louvre Hotel Group; HSBC bank and Warner Bros World.
Judy Hou, Managing Director, said: “Our commitment to providing quality education and our dedication to serve the students, industry and the community over the past 15 years has put the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management amongst the world's top ranking hospitality institutions and the best in the GCC/MENA region.
“This is the 12th graduation at EAHM and with Dubai’s strong growth in the hospitality and tourism industry, our graduates are well positioned for exciting careers locally, regionally and internationally. We have witnessed the advancement in their careers, and their engagement in the communities, the contributions and innovation they made to the industries.”
Stefan Leser, CEO Jumeirah Group added: ”Congratulations to Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management for 15 fantastic years. We know that when we employ graduates from EAHM we are hiring young people with passion, intelligence and ability who make a real contribution to Jumeirah Group from day one. We are proud to support students throughout their studies, through work experience and mentoring, and help graduates to have the very best start to their hospitality career.”
The event took place on 20 November and 79 students from 41 countries received their degrees. Of those graduates, one completed the ABA – Associate of Business Administration in International Hospitality Management; eight students graduated with an ASc – Associate of Science in International Hospitality Management; 51 completed a Bsc Hons – Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management and 19 graduated with a MBA – Masters of Business Administration.
Graduates of EAHM find excellent professional placement opportunities with 96% being employed within the first six months of graduation.
EAHM was established in October 2001 with a vision of providing the thriving hospitality industry with a ready supply of talented and qualified management personnel. It is the first major university in the Middle East to offer degree-level courses focusing on hospitality management. The support of Jumeirah provides EAHM’s students with access to superlative properties and a first-hand practical experience of the working of this dynamic industry.
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About The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management:
The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management (EAHM) in Dubai is one of the world’s leading hospitality business management schools and an integral part of the global luxury hotel company, Jumeirah Group. It is a leading provider of University-level hospitality business education and offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees designed to develop the hospitality leaders of the future. EAHM works in academic association with Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne and all programmes of study are fully accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the United Arab Emirates, the Institute of Hospitality in the United Kingdom and THE-ICE (International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education) in Australia. It is also a higher education member of the Council of International Schools (CIS). For further information and enrolment requirements, please visit The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management online: www.emiratesacademy.edu
About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts including the flagship Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts manages properties in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Kuwait in the Middle East; Baku, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London and Mallorca (Spain) in Europe; the Maldives and Shanghai in Asia. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah Living™ with properties in London and Dubai; the new contemporary lifestyle hotel brand Venu™; the wellness brand Talise™; Jumeirah Restaurant Group Dubai™; Wild Wadi Waterpark™; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management™; Jumeirah Sirius™ and its global loyalty programme. Future openings include luxury hotels in China, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Oman, Russia and the UAE. www.jumeirah.com
For further information please contact:
The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management
PO Box 29662 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 4 315 5118
Fax: +971 4 315 5556
Mobile: +971 555 009 565
Visit us at: www.emiratesacademy.edu