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Jenny Ang, EHL Managing Director
Ms. Jenny Ang, Managing Director. Picture: EHL

Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) is a college steeped in Swiss hospitality training, with a historical past that spans over 125 years. Having established itself as a frontrunner in its area, EHL is thought for setting the usual of excellence relating to hospitality. At this time, it prides itself on combining the Swiss values of educational rigor and business follow with the creativity and innovation required for contemporary hospitality to equip its graduates with the required expertise to guide the business.

Having not too long ago launched a campus in Singapore, we took the chance to meet up with Managing Director Ms. Jenny Ang to study extra concerning the current improvement. In our chat, Ms. Ang tells us all about EHL’s give attention to Southeast Asia, its intriguing collaboration with the famend Intersections Gallery, in addition to what potential college students can look ahead to on the Singapore campus.

Learn on for extra.

You lately took the plunge from managing a music college to launching a hospitality college in Singapore, inform us extra about this fairly uncommon but thrilling transfer?

Completely different alternatives emerge in life, and a few are very compelling! After finishing my music diploma in London, I returned to Singapore simply as the primary conservatory of music opened its doorways and I joined as certainly one of its founding members. Working for a model new establishment allowed me to tackle many various roles alongside the best way.

Serendipitously, the Singapore conservatory signed certainly one of its first Memorandum of Understanding for worldwide partnership with the Haute Ecole de Musique Lausanne. That was how I received to know Lausanne and western Switzerland which led me to EHL! I’m very humbled to have the ability to contribute once more to a milestone challenge in Singapore — launching EHL’s first worldwide campus right here.

Musicians and artists have an unwavering quest for excellence, perfection, and sweetness. This worth may be very a lot on the core of the hospitality enterprise, so it’s nonetheless very true to my id!

EHL’s campus is reputed to be one of many high hospitality faculties on the planet, and Singapore is the its first abroad campus. So, why Singapore and can there be any distinctive choices right here?

We’re happy to launch EHL’s newest campus right here in Singapore to satisfy the rising demand for hospitality professionals in Asia. The EHL Campus (Singapore) supplies college students with a multifaceted instructional expertise with an goal to broaden alternatives and training for future hospitality leaders to thrive in a global panorama.

The curriculum on the new campus will mix EHL’s famend Swiss-quality training with real Asian refinement. College students at EHL Campus (Singapore) will be capable of take part in partnerships with native institutions, study from proficient Asian-based business specialists, a lot of whom come from EHL’s community of alumni that features 150 people dwelling in Singapore, and visitor audio system with a view to present college students with sensible purposes and information which can be particular to Asia-Pacific.

Providing a variety of programs for college students of all nationalities, age, and background, the campus will give college students a step up of their careers in any service-related business from hospitality, banking, consultancy, luxurious sector, and extra.

Singapore is a rustic well-known for its excessive requirements in tourism and hospitality and is a gateway to the remainder of Asia. As a journey hub and one of the desired locations to reside in, it boasts among the world’s finest eating places, lovely lodges and impeccable leaders throughout the business. Opening a campus right here will expose college students to the range and nuances in Asian tradition, in addition to the number of companies within the area.

You talked about that you just want to elevate EHL’s presence in Southeast Asia, “giving extra alternatives to Southeast Asian college students to review in Singapore, or for our alumni members to work with regional communities”. How are you at the moment attracting and bringing these college students to Singapore?

Asia is the fastest-growing marketplace for hospitality and continues to point out a robust want for expertise. Launching a campus in Singapore will permit college students from all around the area to obtain the identical world-class Swiss training as on the campuses in Switzerland with out travelling too far. Together with a neighborhood Asian aptitude and context into our curriculum additionally supplies relevancy in addition to provides college students an edge over their opponents as they navigate the altering enterprise panorama in hospitality and past.

The programs supplied at EHL Campus (Singapore) are catered to college students of all nationalities, ages, and backgrounds, from undergraduates who need to attain the identical prestigious Bachelor’s Diploma in Hospitality that’s accessible in Switzerland to mid-career professionals trying to upskill with our government training quick programs which can be tailor-made for professionals throughout the hospitality business or people with a ardour in these fields — Luxurious Model Administration, Designing Resort and Restaurant Ideas and Folks Analytics.

We additionally work carefully with business companions, a lot of whom are EHL alumni, to create regional-relevant case research and examples to make sure relevancy to the native context {and professional} wants.

EHL Campus (Singapore) Front
Picture: EHL

You’ve got shared that music and hospitality “each inform a narrative and ship an expertise”. Are you able to inform us extra concerning the expertise you evision on your college students at EHL Singapore?

Like music, individuals come first within the hospitality enterprise, each from an inner enterprise standpoint in addition to from an exterior buyer perspective, as we try to current an ideal but transient product to be skilled by others. That is turning into extra vital, particularly amid the pandemic, the place service ranges have grow to be a important differentiator in an more and more aggressive enterprise panorama.

I hope that college students graduating from EHL will study not solely key quantitative expertise — the science of managing enterprise operations and making certain sustainability but additionally mushy expertise comparable to communication and management to ship the true artwork of hospitality. These traits are a vital asset for each particular person, serving to them to grow to be integral components of their groups and society.

Inform us extra concerning the significance of artwork at EHL Singapore and the very modern “Artwork on Campus” challenge: what does the challenge relate to and the way is it being carried out on website?

Artwork and music, like nice meals and wine, are life-enhancing. In addition they set off feelings and encourage conversations. For me, it was vital that arts and tradition additionally characteristic in our college students’ campus expertise, each for enjoyment in addition to a part of their skilled improvement.

EHL’s campus in Singapore is situated on Girl Hill Highway on the former Kinloss Home, which was constructed by a Scotsman, Colonial Engineer Alexander Murray, within the early twentieth century as his non-public residence. The home was prolonged within the Thirties and embellished with lovely artwork deco design it nonetheless has at present.

When EHL took over the constructing final 12 months, we labored along with architects, inside designers and furnishings corporations to assemble a purposeful campus throughout the confines of heritage-listed constructing restrictions. The main focus was to create a high-standard studying setting whereas optimising house utilization for studying actions, and to equip it with applied sciences that allow blended studying and on-line collaboration between our campuses.

It is usually vital for the house to not really feel cluttered or overcrowded to make sure uninterrupted examine time and downtime. Artwork performs an vital position in harmonising this and magnifying the great thing about the constructing.

Working with Intersections Gallery, the artwork at EHL Campus (Singapore) is rotated each six months and introduces college students to the native tradition by means of the artists and their artworks.

You’ve got chosen to accomplice with Intersections Gallery and its founder Marie-Pierre Mol to run this challenge. How did you two meet and agree on such a forward-thinking collaboration?

I took some time to think about tips on how to go about incorporating artwork on campus, discovering items that might resonate, determining if the messages they convey align with EHL values, and interested by how every bit match within the house and with each other — the curation course of is a sophisticated one!

I got here throughout Intersections’ artworks on the French residence in Singapore which I felt had been actually tastefully put collectively and so I used to be launched to Marie-Pierre Mol. I invited her on campus, confirmed her across the constructing and defined what I needed to realize — to have lovely artworks by Asian-based artists that might complement the constructing design and to have our college students recognize the worth of artwork.

Intersections got here again with that and extra. Marie-Pierre chosen items that not solely celebrated the Singaporean id but additionally introduced out the soul of the campus and the connections with meals and drinks. We labored out a partnership to showcase two exhibitions a 12 months at EHL. For the present exhibition, she offered a curator’s discuss to the scholars which allowed us to see the identical artwork by means of a special lens and we had a energetic dialogue afterwards.

In a number of months, we could have a special set of artworks on show with a special narrative and I’m wanting ahead to individuals’s responses! Hopefully, by then we are able to organise extra occasions linked to the exhibition.

EHL Student, Hugo Tydén
“This piece of artwork is unquestionably my private favourite. It contributes with such a heat and harmonic feeling with its robust colours to the whitest wall in Singapore.” EHL pupil, Hugo Tydén. Paintings: Emi Avora, diptych, It Regarded as If It will Final eternally & What unusual Locations My Thoughts Frequented.

EHL Campus’s ‘Oh My Island within the Solar’ artwork challenge features a tribute to Gilles Massot, who not too long ago left Singapore after contributing for 40 years to the native artwork scene. The exhibition will even be a part of the VOILAH! pageant 2021. Inform us extra about it — will Singapore residents be capable of go to and expertise the present at EHL Singapore?

In collaboration with VOILAH! French Singapore Competition and the Artwork Galleries Affiliation Singapore, Oh My Island within the Solar is a bunch exhibition by Eddie Botha, Emi Avora, Christian Lukey, Gilles Massot and Andy Yang. It encompasses a collection of work and images impressed by and celebrating Singapore’s id by means of artists’ eyes. These artworks have in frequent to transcend odd remark into one thing extraordinary.

Particular guided excursions can be found on 20 and 21 November. Members of the general public can register to attend through voilah.sg/oh-my-island-in-the-sun

On one other word, The Fullerton Resort has chosen a solo present by Emi Avora, one of many artists showcased on the EHL campus, for its upcoming charity present on the resort premises. Inform us extra about this exhibition this coming November 2021?

Emi Avora is a Singapore-based artist and one of many artists showcased at EHL Campus (Singapore). She creates artworks with uplifting vibes that convey a optimistic ambiance, combining components from her upbringing in Corfu, Greece, in addition to from Singapore’s id comparable to Peranakan particulars in addition to native meals, wildlife.

Her on a regular basis observations of a brand new and unfamiliar tradition when she moved to Singapore turned her important supply of inspiration. She creates vibrant dream areas, intermingling inanimate objects with tropical vegetation which appear to develop organically amongst bottles, bowls, cups and glasses, and remodeling on a regular basis lunches or teatime into lavish and even baroque scenes.

Her exhibitions at EHL Campus (Singapore) and The Fullerton Resort illustrate the significance of artwork in hospitality in addition to the relevance of artwork on the campus as they’ve in frequent an goal to make the odd extraordinary and to supply viewers entry to the dream locations they search.

Her solo exhibition at The Fullerton Resort, referred to as My Life In a Tropical Backyard, joyfully celebrates Singapore’s id and luxurious surroundings. Just like the Singapore trendy painters of the Nanyang College, who created a novel type by depicting an idealised tropical setting, Emi has considerably modified her visible language in response to her impressions of Singapore.

EHL Campus (Singapore
EHL Campus. Picture: HYLA Architect/ Derek Swalwell

On an EHL’s company degree, how vital are variety and inclusion as values and objectives?

With over 120 nationalities amongst its pupil physique and round 40 nationalities amongst its employees members, variety and inclusion are on the core of EHL Group. We goal to supply an empathetic working and examine setting which embraces variety and fosters inclusion. As a part of our new sustainable commitments, EHL is taking concrete and measurable steps to make sure the well being, security, and well-being of our college students, alumni, employees, and school globally. 

A present and clear instance of that is how we modified our historic costume code and launched a brand new “Information for Skilled Look” that complies with business necessities whereas enabling our college students and employees members to precise their personalities and particular person identities. Our costume code is now inclusive of cultural and spiritual diversities, which signifies that sporting spiritual symbols is appropriate, and can also be gender-neutral, which signifies that we don’t make a distinction based mostly on a binary view between costume codes for ladies or males.

To create an inclusive and numerous group, EHL can also be trying to enhance the share of girls amongst our employees and inside positions of accountability. At this time, virtually 50 per cent of girls are in administration positions together with myself, Govt Dean Dr. Inès Blal, and President of the Boards Dr. Carole Ackermann, simply to call a number of. EHL additionally empowers ladies to grow to be leaders by furthering its Women in Leadership initiative and Communicate Up workshops throughout every of the campuses.

EHL Student, Matheus Leimann
“This picture by the piano and grand staircase is my favourite. It exhibits numerous musical expression and may be very highly effective and colourful. At one look it seems to be like an summary artwork piece however I see a map of Singapore within the form, which may be very attention-grabbing”. EHL pupil, Matheus Leimann. Paintings: Andy Yang, An Encounter with the Ark.

You might be additionally making certain that ladies get recognised throughout the hospitality business by means of the Girls in Management (WIL) Initiative, of which EHL is a accomplice. This can be a daring and really modern transfer, are you able to shed extra gentle on it?

EHL’s Women in Leadership Initiative goals to advertise management tradition and insurance policies that foster numerous, balanced, and people-focused environments. It permits college students, school, employees, and alumni to guide fulfilled skilled and private lives by elevating consciousness, disseminating information, exchanging experiences, sharing finest practices, and initiating modern women-related tasks.

Since its launch in 2018, it has promoted social adjustments in EHL in addition to within the broader hospitality sector by addressing subjects comparable to management, inclusion, and belonging; entrepreneurship for ladies; networking and mentoring alternatives, in addition to household and work administration.

Alongside this, EHL has additionally been operating Sexual Harassment Prevention campaigns since 2019 throughout the institution. As a frontrunner in hospitality administration training, we had been alarmed to seek out that sexual harassment is prevalent throughout the hospitality business, with one in 5 ladies experiencing sexual harassment sooner or later of their lives, based on a report by Amnesty Worldwide.

To fight this, our Tutorial Advisory and HR groups work collectively to teach, defend and empower college students and employees on the subject of sexual harassment. Moreover, we work carefully with our stakeholders and companions to advertise empowerment and well-being internally and externally. We’ve got collaborated with the Non-Violence Project Foundation, which was based in 1993 by an EHL alumnus, and to date, we now have skilled over 2,000 employees and college students to sort out this subject.

We hear that you just’re an achieved pianist … Do you continue to discover time to play the piano regardless of your busy day by day schedule?

Life is certainly busier than ever, as it’s for many individuals, however this truly makes it much more compelling for me to seek out time to play the piano once more! It presents a respite into a special world. I play recurrently with a cellist (who can also be a busy skilled keen about music) and we now have been difficult one another with new items to work on, along with a glass of wine, in fact.

Should you had been to call one mentor who has had a robust affect in your profession and imaginative and prescient of life, who would that be?

I’m very fortunate to have had the assist of many individuals. If I might solely identify one, it could be my father. He’s a person of nice integrity and foresight and has a complicated style for artwork (which he collects). Circumstances weren’t straightforward however he ran a really profitable provision store and was astute in investments. He was all the time supportive in my life’s choices, together with my selection to review music which was uncommon at the moment for a Singaporean. He introduced me to artwork galleries each weekend and gave me a number of very particular presents, together with commissioning an artist to color my portrait and shopping for a grand piano for me after I was 10. This piano now sits in the principle lobby at EHL.

Be taught extra about EHL Campus (Singapore) here.

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