Scholarships Announced for Maldivians by the Asian Institute of Hospitality Management (AIHM)
The Asian Institute of Hospitality Management (AIHM) has announced two scholarships for Maldivians, in loving memory of the late Maldivan entrepreneur Dr Ibrahim Umaru Maniku.
AIHM was co-founded by Minor Hotels and Les Roches, a global leader in education, providing a world-class learning experience for future leaders in hospitality, tourism and entrepreneurship. According to Chairman and CEO of Minor International, William Heinecke, AIHM combines the excellence of a Swiss education with a uniquely Asian outlook.
“The team at Minor International were sad to hear of the passing of Dr. Maniku in November 2020,” the company said in a statement. “He was a visionary, an industry giant, and an inspiration to many. Minor Hotels’ properties in the Maldives were all in partnership with Dr. Maniku – his first venture into tourism, Naladhu, Anantara Dhigu and Veli, and then Anantara Kihavah and Niyama.
“In many ways, the visions of Dr. Maniku and AIHM align building up the next generation of hospitality leaders and entrepreneurs right here in Asia. As a result, AIHM is offering two scholarships for all Maldivians. Candidates must be at least 17.5 years of age, with a secondary school certificate and proven English language proficiency. Scholars will gain great exposure to the world of corporate hospitality, and return home with a passion for tourism, entrepreneurial mindset and the confidence to achieve.”
Minor Hotels has a portfolio of five island resorts in the Maldives- Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort, Anantara Veli Maldives Resort and sister resorts Naladhu Private Island and Niyama Private Island. This is part of its 518 worldwide hotels in operation in fifty-two countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe, South America and North America.
The Bachelor of Business Administration in Global Hospitality Management is spread across seven semesters and two campuses in Bangkok and Pattaya, with exchanges in Switzerland or Spain and professional internships around the world. Learning is immersive, hands-on and led by industry experts with a global outlook.
These scholarships cover hundred per cent of the tuition fee for seven semesters up to three-and-a-half years, with a value of USD 37,995. They also cover learning resources and practical arts apparel up to USD 4,470, health and accident insurance USD 2,230 and an admission fee of USD 100. AIHM offers a Swiss curriculum for the 3.5-year Bachelor of Business in global hospitality management, with students based in tourism hubs Bangkok and Pattaya. Education is personalised, with small classes led by industry veterans and internships at Minor hotels and leading global companies. Scholarship students are required to maintain good academic standing and participate in thirty hours per semester of CSR for the first two years and commit to working at a Minor hotel property in the Maldives for an agreed period after their studies.