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29 June 2016

[Borneo Post] SEGi inks MoU with SEDC to train tourism, hospitality students

Talib (third left) exchanging the MoU with Azahari, witnessed by (from left) Edwin, Marilyn, Lau and Goh.

Talib (third left) exchanging the MoU with Azahari, witnessed by (from left) Edwin, Marilyn, Lau and Goh.

KUCHING: SEGi College Sarawak (SEGi) entered into a partnership with Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) to establish the ‘Centre of Excellence in Hospitality and Tourism’ here to groom students for the hospitality and tourism sector.

SEDC in a statement on Monday said a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the two parties to ensure that the college’s hospitality and tourism students will benefit from industrial placement opportunities or internships with SEDC. These students will be placed at various SEDC-owned tourism assets like hotels, shopping complexes and the Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV).

The establishment of the centre of excellence located at SEGi also provides the opportunity for those interested in the hospitality and tourism industry to apply for scholarship grants.

The SEGi-SEDC collaboration also aimed to improve the quality of hospitality and tourism graduates by establishing a panel of advisors which includes the Assistant Minister for Urbanisation Datuk Talib Zulpilip.

Talib, who is also SEDC chairman, signed on behalf of SEDC while SEGi was represented by its group president and executive director Datuk Mohamed Azahari Kamil.

At hand to witness the signing ceremony were SEDC human resource and general administration division director Marilyn Biyor and business and socio-economic sector acting deputy general manager Edwin Abit. SEGi International Berhad was represented by board member Goh Leng Chua and SEGi principal Ivy Lau.

SEGi currently offers the following programmes: Diploma in Hotel Management, Diploma in Tourism Management, Diploma in Culinary Arts, Diploma in Baking and Pastry Arts and the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in International Tourism and Hospitality Management 3+0 in collaboration with University of Sunderland, United Kingdom.

“The partnership between SEGi and SEDC represents the best of academia and the hospitality experience, leading to diverse opportunities in the hospitality and other sectors,” said SEGi School for Hospitality head Carleen Teo in a statement.

SEDC has undertaken many successful programmes and schemes to enhance the development of local entrepreneurs in commerce and industry, besides developing special projects to enhance the economic well-being and quality of life in Sarawak.

This collaboration will provide SEGi students with an exposure to SEDC’s good corporate governance in managing its tourism-related projects and facilities to enhance their knowledge and skills in the real world.

For more information on SEGi Hospitality and Tourism programmes, call 082-252566 or visit www.segi.edu.my.


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