Hospitality Schools: EAHM

Dr. Scott Richardson, executive dean, Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management provides valuable insights on the college

What is the school’s core philosophy?

EAHM mission is to provide application-oriented university level education to meet the industry’s and the community’s need for talented, skilled and professional hospitality managers. The design of our programmes, teaching styles and learning outcomes are all focused on ensuring graduates are well prepared to enter, or progress within, their chosen careers. The hospitality industry is about people, so we also focus on the developing the soft skills that are vital in a service environment such as teamwork, etiquette, professionalism and mindset.

Please provide an outline of the courses on offer

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The college offers a triple-accredited Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with honours in International Hospitality Management, which is completed in just three years. This programme is designed for school leavers who wish to join the hospitality industry and learn not only the managerial aspects of hotel management but also the operational. Students complete applied learning across food and beverage, service, housekeeping and front office on-campus and on-site at hotels. After completing a six-month internship students accelerate their management studies with courses, for example, in finance, hospitality law and real estate. It also offers bachelor degree graduates a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in International Hospitality Management, which is completed in one year. Designed for hospitality professionals working full time, students can study in the evenings up to three times a week. The way the programme is delivered means students can speed up or slow down studies in order to meet their professional or personal commitments. The MBA is designed to provide a high level of learning for those wishing to pursue a career in senior management within the hospitality industry.

Have you recently introduced any new courses recently?

We are continually working to improve the curriculum and learning outcomes across all our programmes and we have introduced new BBA electives this year to ensure our courses are industry-relevant.

What other services do you offer?

We also offer tailored professional development programmes for industry partners. For example, EAHM recently travelled to Kenya and Rwanda to deliver professional training and we also welcome hotel companies on campus for short courses such as finance and service design.

Tell us about the mix of students

There are more than 45 nationalities at EAHM. There is an equal mix of male and females in each of the programme and more than 10% of EAHM students are Emirati. Increasingly we are seeing students choose Dubai and EAHM as a study destination, so we have students from Latin America, South East Asia, Europe through to GCC and the Indian Subcontinent. Classes in the BBA and MBA have a low student to lecturer ratio with 20 students on average in a MBA class and 25 in a BBA class.

Get in touch

Tel: +971 4 315 5555



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