Starting this fall, university students in Georgia now have the option of studying for a postgraduate degree at Les Roches Marbella and at the Hotel Management Institute of the Business and Technology University (HMI BTU) in Tbilisi, Georgia. The two internationally renowned institutions signed a partnership agreement to deliver Postgraduate Executive Diplomas in International Hotel Management to Georgian hospitality professionals. The partnership is supported by the Georgian National Tourism Administration, the Government of Georgia, and the UN World Tourism Organisation.
The partnership agreement was signed in the presence of Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili at a ceremony at the Tbilisi Marriott Hotel on 18 May 2018 by Carlos Díez de la Lastra, Managing Director of Les Roches Marbella and Mikheil Batiashvili, rector of the Business and Technology University. The agreement aims to provide executive training for a select group of Georgian hospitality professionals.
“Georgia is attracting increasing attention throughout the world as a country with exceptional tourism dynamics, and we are all aware of the immense effect tourism has on economic development. We are eager to welcome Les Roches, one of the world’s top hospitality schools, to partner with the Business and Technology University and start training high-level managers,” said Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia.
The program will be delivered through a blended-learning model consisting of a two-week practical arts session in Les Roches Marbella, Spain, and distance learning classes at the Business and Technology University in Tbilisi. The executive hotel management diploma program offers students the flexibility to pursue a postgraduate education while remaining in their current positions. The first intake is scheduled for November 2018.
“Talent is going to be the key component that defines countries that are capable of taking the lead as tourist destinations. Georgia has exceptional qualities to be one of those leaders and we are eager for Les Roches to collaborate so that the country’s professionals also stand out and extend their leadership worldwide,” said Carlos Díez de la Lastra.
The partnership reflects Les Roches’ commitment to training the best talent and to anticipating future trends in a global travel and tourism industry that is expected to create an additional 100 million jobs by 2028.