Why Hospitality, Tourism & Culinary Arts

"Fulfill that passion for crossing continents & cultures!"

Hospitality, tourism, and culinary arts are all inextricably interrelated to the pursuit of fulfilling experiences. Dynamic and constantly evolving, the hospitality, tourism and culinary arts industries are bustling full of exciting employment opportunities, locally and internationally.

These exciting service-focused fields require broad skills, knowledge and etiquette covering a range of areas; from front office management, hospitality and tourism geography, event management, food and beverage services, menu development and such for hospitality, to culinary essentials, food nutrition and production, culinary artistry, molecular cuisine, advanced butchery and various cuisine styles for culinary.

At KDU, students are taught in specialised facilities that mirror state-of-the-art, real world environments. Our range of programmes ensure graduates are armed with a combination of knowledge and skills for an industry that is a growing contributor to burgeoning economies.

KDU is also a member of and carries recognition from:
  • World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) Recognition of Quality Culinary Education
  • Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
  • The Malaysian Food and Beverage Executives Association

WHY CHOOSE KDU?

GLOBAL OUTLOOK THROUGH INTERNATIONAL NETWORK 

KDU provides its hospitality, tourism and culinary arts students an international experience, allowing them to achieve a global outlook be it during or after their studies. They develop an acute appreciation of the added value of graduating with relevant international study and work experience, and how this benefits their personal development and future career.

During their studies, students can participate in these international study opportunities: 
 
 IMI (Switzerland) International Residential Study Trip 
 
  • An optional 10-day study trip to IMI, Switzerland, for degree students.
  • The study trip includes field visits, classes and assignments.
  • Students will receive dual certification from IMI and KDU upon graduation. 
 Italian Cuisine – Semester Abroad at ALMA La Scuola Internazionale, Italy 
 
  • The first and only Malaysian higher education institution to offer an Italian Cuisine major.
  • The semester abroad covers 2 months of classes in ALMA, the world’s leading Italian culinary education centre, and 5 months of stage (internship) in renowned and Michelin-starred Italian restaurants, such as Piccolo Lago in Piemonte (1-Michelin) and La Pineta in Tuscany (1-Michelin).
  • Includes field trips to experience the heritage, culture and cuisine of Italy. ALMA is situated 20 minutes away from Parma, a UNESCO-recognised City of Gastronomy famous for Prosciutto di Parma (Parma ham), Parmigiano Reggiano (parmesan cheese) and balsamic vinegar. 
 IDRAC Student Exchange Programme 



 
  • KDU sends its students on an exchange programme to the IDRAC School of Management in Lyon, France, and hosts French students from IDRAC as well, with students from both countries obtaining an international experience and opportunity to discover the study environment and culture of other countries.
  • Students can undergo this 6-month exchange programme as an optional programme in their degree programme, while paying Malaysian fees. 


Students also have the opportunity of undergoing their internship abroad. 
 
 Partnership with HOSCO 
 
  • KDU sends its hospitality and culinary students on internships in global placements through HOSCO, which is based in Geneva, Switzerland, where top hospitality organisations, schools and students from all over the world convene and interact.
  • Students gain access to leading hospitality organisations and their available positions on a global market basis, enabling them to better select their internships and first permanent positions, and to access valuable social tools and applications. 
 Partnership with HOSCO 
 
  • The partnership with HILTON WORLDWIDE, the Hilton Class programme, aims to develop talents for the country’s rapidly growing hospitality industry. The programme offers KDU students rigorous on-the- job training and a theoretical curriculum designed to equip them for successful careers in hospitality. 
 J1 Exchange Visitor Visa Programme 
 
  • Through this programme, students get the opportunity to go through on-the-job experience in the United States for up to 12 months. 

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS 

Our programmes are highly regarded, and our students and lecturers have gone on to participate and win in industry-recognised competitions. These include:
  • Battle of the Chefs Penang, Malaysia
  • Career@Hiltonlive Hospitality Talent Cup, Malaysia
  • International MIHAS Apprentice Chefs’ Competition, Malaysia • Food and Hotel Malaysia Culinary Challenge (FHM), Malaysia
  • Food and Hotel Asia Culinary Challenge (FHA), Singapore
  • Hans Bueschkens Challenge, Chile
  • Hong Kong International Culinary Classic (HOFEX), Hong Kong • International Emirates Salon Culinaire, Dubai
  • The Big Cooking Contest, Austria