Message from the CEO (GATE)
I am very delighted to welcome you at GATE, an award winning, forward-thinking academy that has become an integral part of the world’s most dynamic and largest industry, Tourism & Hospitality. Having achieved world- class recognition at the “Worldwide Hospitality Awards in Paris – 2011” and also having won the National Award for “Food Safety” awarded by the government of Nepal, I certainly can say that our academy has an abundance of educational wealth to offer.
GATE – Global Academy of Tourism & Hospitality Education offers a preferred platform to those who aspire to build their career in the global job market. This is aided by our passion for quality, plus an association with the iconic quality hospitality source Switzerland. We are currently affiliated with hotelleriesuisse (Swiss Hotel Association) which was found in 1882 as world’s benchmark to hospitality standards. The educational standards are crafted by University of Zurich and the Bachelors level equivalency is granted by “Tribhuwan University” Nepal’s largest and historic National University.
Nepal’s location between two neighboring economic giants, China and India, certainly lends enormous potential to the country in terms of tourism and hospitality. The industry has always been a leading source of foreign income and a medium to improve the lives of those involved. Considering strong regional growth and a partnership with Swiss hospitality education experts, there is no doubt that GATE will continue its growing leadership role in the Nepal hospitality education
space. The hospitality industry requires leaders who are conscious of quality and serve with their heart. These leaders must also be wise and perfectly blend focus, up-to-date knowledge and skills with a down-to-earth attitude. All these qualities ensure a great future in the world’s largest and fastest growing industries.
With the present global industry outlook, it is clear that themarket is still in great need for hospitality professionals, hence promising a variety of global opportunities for successful graduates. However, to become successful in this industry, one needs to develop uncompromising quality, a high level of professionalism, respect for others and certainly the need to be disciplined, committed and passionate about what they do in order to pave the way towards a dream career. GATE is committed to nurturing these values and supplementing relevant learning by providing access to International faculty and guest lecturers.
I take immense pleasure in congratulating all our students for choosing the world’s most fascinating industry and selecting GATE to unleash their hidden potential.
Khem R. Lakai, CHE
Founder / Chief Executive Officer
Global Academy of Tourism & Hospitality Education
Message from Head of Education
We are already celebrating the sixth year of GATE joining the SHA Affiliate School network. During my yearly visit, I myself witnessed the positive changes and each time I remained deeply impressed by the progress that GATE has made since then. GATE organizes different kind of events and makes proof of great creativity by realizing movies or producing their own coffee, just to name a few examples. It is the least to say that GATE’s staff and students experience and live their passion for hospitality which sequentially contributes to the building up of a community and shapes the hotel school’s identity. On the occasion of graduation, Khem Lakai honored me with the inauguration of the new main building, together with His Excellency, Dr. Urs Herren, the Swiss Ambassador to Nepal.
Inbound as well as outbound tourism is gaining importance in Nepal. As a consequence, stable quality service will be required on a large-scale basis which increases the need for skilled personnel. This trend represents a huge opportunity for Nepal’s tourism industry and for young students interested in undertaking a career in the hospitality sector. It will also highlight the role of the hotel management schools and this is where SHA and its network can be conducive. Matching the learning outcomes with the industry’s needs has always been one of our high priorities and all SHA’s schools in Switzerland
and abroad follow the Swiss vocational education and training (VET) model which is characterized by the dual system: Educational institutions teach about what the economy needs and the knowledge imparted at school is then be applied at work. The workforce quickly acquires practical skills and understanding, thus ensuring productivity and high quality standards. By implementing the SHA Education Standards, GATE contributes to this need of qualitative education and skilled graduates who will be ready to deploy their competences in the hotel industry. As Khem Lakai himself graduated from the Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality in Passugg, Switzerland, GATE can count on an expert of the Swiss system who understands the importance of the practical-oriented education.
We are proud of our close relationship of trust because we know the quality of the education at GATE is high ranking. GATE students will become worthy ambassadors for the hotel industry and for Switzerland. In this respect, we are looking forward to what the fruits of our partnership will bring in the future.
Dr. Ueli Schneider
(Member of the Management Board at SHA)