Swiss hospitality schools in Africa
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 (“offshore education”). Early on, rainbow unlimited joined forces with Swiss Alpine Center, a renowned Swiss hospitality school. In 2015, in its role as business development partner for Swiss Alpine Center, rainbow unlimited facilitated the setting up of a new campus in Kenya in partnership with a local hotel group. Since then, 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. The college has grown from 37 to over 600 students since the start.
To accelerate the process of setting up hospitality schools on the continent, rainbow unlimited has joined forced in January 2019 with B.H.M.S. Switzerland. B.H.M.S., located in Luzern, is a member of the Bénédict Switzerland group of schools, founded in 1928. B.H.M.S. is today one of the top hospitality schools in Switzerland and is educating each year more than 15,000 full and part time students. B.H.M.S. and rainbow unlimited have established a preferred partnership to develop service sector education and training in Africa. This mainly means the setting up and running of hospitality education institutes with local country-specific African partners.
Beside co-managing the BIHC in Nairobi since 2016, B.H.M.S. has signed partnership agreements in 2019 for the setting up of hospitality schools in Egypt and Namibia (opening April 2020). Negotiations for a school in Ghana will hopefully conclude in the first half of 2020.
For more information about B.H.M.S. please consult www.bhms.ch.