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Les Roches (Swiss) and Rwanda plan a Joint Venture for the opening of a Hospitality school in Rwanda




By Frank Kanyesigye


THE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT Authority (WDA) in partnership with a Swiss based hospitality management institution is planning to construct a state -of -the –art Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre  (IPRC) – Kigali Hotel

The facility, estimated to cost $19 million (approximately Rwf12billion), will be a training centre for the hospitality industry.

Speaking to The New Times last week, Jerome Gasana, the director general of WDA said they are working out a plan with Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, located in Swiss Alps in the Canton of Valais, Switzerland , to kick off the project in Kigali.

“This is an initiative between WDA and Les Roches to establish a university that will train Rwandan students in professional skills needed in the service industry,” he said.

Les Roches has a network of hospitality campuses in Switzerland, Spain, China, Jordan and Australia, and once the Kigali campus plan is finalised, it will be added on the network of the Swiss based hospitality academy.

Gasana stated that WDA sent Rwandan students to study at Les Roches. About 11 have graduated and are among the spear-leaders of the initiative to construct IPRC Kigali Hotel.

He noted that WDA has already forwarded the training facility proposal that contains the school’s plan, accommodation capacity, among others, to Les Roches authorities for approval.

“The institution will have about 64 rooms designed as training places for hospitality education programmes both theory and practicals,” he said.




About Les Roches :


Ecole des Roches’, an international institute for young people, was founded in 1954 by Messrs Marcel and Jean-Pierre Clivaz. Today Les Roches is building a sophisticated, international platform for hospitality education in the world, with campuses in Switzerland (Bluche / Crans-Montana), China (Shanghai), Spain (Marbella) and Jordan (Amman).


Les Roches offers a Hotel Management Diploma, a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Hotel Management, a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management with a concentration in food, beverage and operations management and a Master in Business Administration with a specialization in hospitality, marketing or finance. 

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