Hyatt offers open source online Higher Ed courses

Partnership will bring open-source global learning to Hyatt colleagues and communities

Hyatt Regency
Hyatt Regency

Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Hyatt Hotels Foundation have partnered with Khan Academy to provide free access to quality online education to Hyatt’s employees, their families and communities.

The multi-year partnership will offer Khan Academy’s multi-language learning platform, and equip people with specially developed life skills and hospitality learning.

Working together, both organizations hope to help close the skills gap, especially for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds or areas. This will be accomplished through individual advancement opportunities conducted in a mix of physical and digital settings that optimise learning.

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“We are in the business of caring for people so they can be their best, and a big part of that is helping not only our colleagues, but those in our communities, to reach their full potential,” said Hyatt Hotels Corporation president and CEO Mark Hoplamazian. “Khan Academy is a revolutionary force in bringing knowledge to anyone who seeks it, and working together, we can teach skills and change lives all over the world.”

Hyatt and Khan Academy will be prototyping several onsite and digital initiatives throughout the next year. Hyatt intends to partner with Khan Academy to bring the organization’s learning programs to all Hyatt colleagues around the world and their families.

Beginning in 2016, Hyatt also plans to set up learning labs in its hotels throughout Chicago to give colleagues, guests and community members access to Khan Academy curricula, such as financial literacy, economics and computer programming. These learning labs would then be rolled out to other cities across the world throughout the multi-year partnership.

Finally, Khan Academy will share its learning content expertise to assist Hyatt with the development of content and courses designed around life skills and the skills needed for a career in hospitality.

“Our mission is to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere,” said Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy. “We are delighted to be working with Hyatt – their team has a long history of supporting communities around the world, and the combination of our online resources with their physical footprint will help us reach even more students in a meaningful way.”

“I’ve seen great success in engaging our communities and providing life skills training – it benefits not just the participants, but also our communities, guests and hotels,” said Hyatt Regency Mexico City general manager Thierry Guillot. “When we’re able to provide individuals with the skills they need for a job in hospitality, or any other job, it is encouraging and inspiring. I’m excited to see the potential power of our collaboration with Khan Academy rolled out around the world.”

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