Imperial Group opens hospitality school in Vung Tau hinh anh 1The five-star hotel Imperial in Vung Tau City. (Photo:

HCM City (VNA) - The Imperial Group that owns and runs the five-star hotel Imperial in southern Vung Tau city has opened the Imperial International Hotel School.

The Vung Tau-based school will offer short- and long-term training courses for staff in the hospitality industry.

This is the first school in Vietnam that can tap its advantages to enable students to practice what they learn in class at a high-end hotel with sophisticated infrastructure, equipment and services.

During the inauguration ceremony, the school concluded an agreement with Niagara University in the US, which will transfer training programmes. The agreement enables the Imperial school to issue Niagara's global certificates.

The programmes will also be combined with those approved by ASEAN and the ASEAN Economic Community.

Rector Richard Linstrom said initially the school would focus on short-term courses on reception, restaurant and room service, security and English for hospitality.

Nguyen Huu Tho, Chairman of the Vietnam Tourism Association, said that Vietnam was still short of human resources who meet international standards of the hospitality industry.

He said that one of the problems was insufficient practice at qualified hotels.

The Imperial Group also owns the Shifu restaurant chains in HCM City, the serviced apartment building The Imperial Residences in Vung Tau, and others.-VNA