Why Hospitality, Tourism & Culinary Arts

The global hospitality, tourism and culinary arts industries are dynamic and constantly evolving. It is among the world’s largest and fastest growing industries, offering boundless opportunities for ambitious students who enjoy working with people and in a range of exciting environments, be it locally or internationally. 

At KDU, students will find the blend of true hospitality, tourism and culinary subjects taught in specialised facilities that mirror state-of-the-art, real world environments. Our range of programmes ensure that students emerge as excellent, well-rounded graduates, armed with a combination of knowledge and skills that are in high demand with employers. 

Together with lecturers who carry both industry and academic experiences, we constantly push boundaries to ensure our students learn from the best. KDU is the only institution to offer molecular cooking as a compulsory subject in our culinary programmes, in addition to launching the first-ever culinary book that applies molecular cooking techniques in Malaysian recipes. KDU is also no stranger to the competitive culinary scene, with lecturers and students excelling in competitions both locally and internationally. 

KDU is also internationally recognised, garnering the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) Recognition of Quality Culinary Education as well as accreditation from The International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE) as an Associate Member. 
Upon graduation, our students are employed in renowned hotels and service related industries, with 30% obtaining employment overseas.
Our programmes are taught by the best in the industry with more than 50% of our curriculum emphasising hands-on practice In addition, our Industry Advisory Board is made up of top-tier management from the industry.
13 kitchens cover 65,000sf with ample space for niche studies in molecular gastronomy, wine, chocolate and coffee, and charcuterie. There are also realistic mock hospitality training facilities, as well as student-run restaurants. 
Students at degree level have the option of participating in a 2-week resident programme at IMI University Centre (Switzerland), as well as a student-exchange programme in France at local fee.