Published on : Tuesday, August 22, 2017
The CEO of the International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE), Ms. Pauline Tang officially inaugurated The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Nadi Hospitality and Tourism Training Centre on 18 August 2017.
The Centre is worth FJ$1.3m and will be conducting training for Certificates III and IV in Commercial Cookery, Certificate III in Patisserie and Certificate IV in Hospitality Operations offered through the Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE).
The Centre has a commercial kitchen, a restaurant and bar, as well as classrooms and staff offices, for the delivery of Hospitality (Events, Food & Beverage, and Front Office), Commercial Cookery & Culinary and Patisserie (Pastry & Bakery) programmes for students in Fiji.
Ms. Tang congratulated Pacific TAFE for the state-of-art facility and a simulated training centre for learners who are keen on pursuing a career in the specialized fields of hospitality operations, commercial cookery and patisserie.
“This Centre is exactly what the market needs – a quality facility for training entry level workforce, and ‘one-stop-shop’ for current industry employees seeking to upskill professional development and career advancement opportunities,” Ms Tang stated.
Ms Tang commended the leadership of Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP for his commitment in the provision of quality education and research, in addressing the changing operating environment and responding to the needs of the Pacific region.
With a full commercial kitchen and training restaurant, the Nadi Centre will focus on cookery and hospitality. Training will be practical, hands on and experience based.
Pacific TAFE is also planning to offer Diploma of Culinary Arts and Management and Diploma of Hospitality Management from 2018.