Boma International Hospitality College, Kenya
In early 2015 rainbow unlimited facilitated the joining forces of the Swiss hospitality school Alpine Center Switzerland and the Boma Hotel Group (www.theboma.co.ke), an affiliate of the Kenya Red Cross Society, to create the Boma International Hospitality College (www.bihc.ac.ke). In record time of only 4 months the school was established and opened doors for the first 31 students in May 2015 (see picture below). Since then, the college is a success story: in only 18 months student number rose from 31 to over 200, including students from all over the African continent. Among others, the following disciplines are available: Swiss Higher Diploma in Hotel Management, Diploma in Culinary Arts or Diploma in F&B Operations. In late 2015, a first group of students received their certificates and spent 6 months as interns in the 4 and 5 star hotels in Nairobi. Industry partners are extremely satisfied with the quality of the students they receive, and often offer them jobs already during their internships. At the end of 2016, a new Swiss academic partner came in, the Swiss Business and Hotel Management School (B.H.M.S.) Lucerne.
Rainbow unlimited’s aim is to open 2-3 Swiss hospitality schools per year in Africa. The next school is already in planning phase and will open in the second half of 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria. The underlying idea for any new college is the same: Switzerland enjoys a worldwide reputation of excellence in the field of hospitality training. Whereas most Swiss schools limit their recruitment activities today to attracting young Africans to join their programmes in Switzerland, our schools offer Africans the same high-level education as in Switzerland, but in their own country and at affordable cost.
If you are a private company active in the education sector or a government entity interested in setting up a Swiss hospitality school in your country, do not hesitate to get in touch.