Swiss Alpine Hospitality Education Group (SAHEG)
Rainbow unlimited gmbh started focusing on the African hospitality skills sector as early as 2013. The underlying approach from the beginning was to offer the same top level vocational training as in Switzerland, but in the countries where the students are, and to a fraction of the costs applicable abroad. In a first step, rainbow unlimited joined forces with Swiss Alpine Center (www.swissalpinecenter.com), a renowned Swiss hospitality school with more than 30 years of experience in the business, that has its head office and on-line campus in Switzerland. The school offers its various hospitality, tourism and culinary management programs through campuses in Greece, India, and Russia. In 2015, in its role as business development partner for Swiss Alpine Ceinter, rainbow unlimited facilitated the setting up of a new campus in Kenya in partnership with a local hotel group. The school – Boma International Hospitality College (www.bihc.ac.ke) offers professional certification, diplomas and in some cases, links to universities to offer degree programs to suit a wide range of career goals.
To accelerate the process of setting up hospitality schools on the continent, rainbow unlimited in 2017 co-founded the Swiss Alpine Hospitality Education Group (SAHEG), together with Swiss Alpine Center and two new partners, experts in their own domain within the hospitality and travel industry. The group acts as the international development arm of Swiss Alpine Center. It’s aim is to open 2-3 Swiss hospitality schools per year in Africa. The business model is based on a “know-how versus infrastructure”-deal. SAHEG is not a financial investor, but has the know-how, experience and network to successfully set up a school from scratch (or upgrade an existing one) and then operationally manage it.
The group is looking for local partners in African countries – investors and/or hotel owners and/or school operators – who are willing to bring in the necessary initial investment and partner up for the establishment of Swiss hospitality schools.
For more information about SAHEG please consult www.saheg.com.