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Haaga-Helia’s 6th Campus Brings International Hospitality Management Education to Tallinn

News   •   Apr 06, 2018 07:40 GMT

Ari Björkqvist (Haaga-Helia UAS) and John Niser (Purdue University Global) presenting the school idea at the annual event of Estonian Hotel and Restaurant Association

Haaga-Helia has 5 campuses in Finland and a number of export of education projects all over the world. However, the situation is likely to change soon as Haaga-Helia has set its mind of opening its sixth campus, but not in Finland anymore as the chosen place-to-be is Tallinn, Estonia. The campus in Tallinn will be a new school in its own right with its own study programs and degrees under the EU and Estonian legislation targeted at the global markets.

The present working titles Haaga-Helia International Hospitality Management School or Tallinn Hospitality Management Campus underline the keywords of the mission in question:

  • University of Applied Science owned by Haaga-Helia, but run in Tallinn as a partnership with a number of top level international hospitality schools from USA, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland and possibly more countries;
  • International hospitality management bachelor degree targeted at global markets (no – not just Estonia or Baltics or the Baltic Sea Region or Europe – beside all of those Asia is on our mind);
  • Boutique-type of school with 300-400 or so students;
  • Private and based on tuition fees – regarding the latter aimed at providing top quality for the international mid-market rates;
  • While the delivery focuses on hotel management, it all will be spiced up with experience and innovation, food & beverage and culinary management as well;
  • Graduates will be coached to aspire for top managerial positions in the hospitality and service business based on the acquired industry-related and future-oriented competences and an hands-on functional skill-set of people, commercial and technical skills;
  • Campus, school and education will be partly in class-room/physical, partly virtual/online meaning, that as far as ICT goes, not only the latest technologies will be used, AI will be involved as well;
  • Instead of traditional internships the aim is at “study and work” concept in order to do it all not for the industry, but with(in) the industry;
  • Staffing has no limits as far as geography goes – not nationalities, but competence, experience, mind-set and mission will be hired;
  • The school goes hand in hand with the on-site accommodation facilities both for staff and students meaning that the campus will include not just the hotel school, but a schoolhotel as well;
  • The school will be open for foundation year studies 2019 autumn and winter 2019-2020 for degree studies.

Haaga-Helia welcomes the Estonian, Baltic and Baltic Sea Region hotel and restaurant industry to participate in this school project, which will greatly benefit the hospitality business in the region.

Stay tuned for more!

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