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. Early on, rainbow unlimited joined forces with Swiss Alpine Center, a renowned Swiss hospitality school that has its head office and on-line campus in Switzerland. 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. 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 500 students in just 2 ½ years.
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 the heart of Luzern, is a member of the Bénédict Switzerland group of schools, founded in 1928, whose mission is to provide higher education for adults with a desire to succeed. Bénédict School is one of Switzerland’s largest private educational organizations 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 includes the setting up and running of hospitality education institutes with local country-specific African partners as well as support for the hotel industry with in country training and development programmes designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of service sector employees.
For more information about B.H.M.S. please consult www.bhms.ch.