Lecturers and students from QIU’s School of Hospitality were given the honour of serving the Raja Permaisuri of Perak, Her Royal Highness Tuanku Zara Salim at a morning banquet in Ipoh. The ‘Majlis Santapan’ was organised in conjunction with the Perak Society of Performing Arts’ (PSPA) Holiday Extravaganza Carnival and the Ipoh Car Free Day, which were held along Jalan Raja Di-Hilir. Also gracing the event were Datin Seri Dr Nomee Ashikin Mohammed Radzi, Ipoh Mayor Datuk Ahmad Suaidi Abdul Rahim and PSPA President Datin Rosalina Ooi-Thong.
The event was immensely significant for our students, who were given a first-hand experience of the protocol and professionalism involved with events of this magnitude. It was yet another example of the University’s commitment to holistically blend theoretical education and practical learning.
This trip was organised to help students learn through active hands-on experience and exposure to the real world. This 4-day and 3-night journey covered some of Vietnam’s most fascinating museums, historical sites and other culturally enriching institutions. Students also visited hotels, homestays, cruise ship and airline companies that are prominent in Vietnam’s hospitality industry. The trip was a great chance to reinforce what students were taught in the classroom while offering them an active learning experience that exposed them to new ideas.
The School of Hospitality invited a sommelier from noted French wine producer and importer De Tullio & Sons for a special Wine Pairing Session with our students. During the session, the students were taught to pair wines and cheese as well as wine tasting techniques, flavour comparison, the serving temperature and the order in which the wines should be served. Overall, the session helped the students get a deeper understanding of the importance of wine in a course, and key impulses involved in choosing a wine in line with the meal. Cheers to everyone involved!
The Appreciation Dinner project exposed the QIU hospitality and culinary students to the experiential learning of managing and organising a successful dinner event.
This dinner involved an array of industry players and partners that have worked together to make QIU the institution it is today. Happily, we received overwhelmingly positive feedback about the food and service.
Hospitality and Tourism Management students and lecturers have made quite a mark in the Penang International HalalChef Challenge. The Penang International HalalChef Challenge, which is part of the Penang International Halal Expo and Conference, offered QIU students the chance to display their gastronomic and artistic culinary skills.
Competing with other universities and professionals in the hospitality, tourism and culinary sectors, our students managed to win five awards in the 2018 and 2019 competition – including three bronze awards and two diploma awards.
This signature event has gathered various higher education institutions and professionals in hospitality like the Association of Culinary Professionals Indonesia, the Thailand Culinary Academy, the Food Institute of Malaysia, UNITAR International University, the Asiapro Chef School, KDU Penang University College, Management and Science University, Ixora Hotel Penang, Crystal Crown Hotel Petaling Jaya and many others.