Ansal University launches leading French hospitality school Vatel in India

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Ansal University, Gurgaon, one of the top private universities in India, has launched the prestigious Vatel School of Hospitality, whose India debut has been facilitated by Ecole India. Vatel is a top international school of hospitality and hotel management based in France with over 30 years of rich experience in hospitality education and training. It will now leverage its domain expertise in hospitality management education for the first time in India.
Speaking on the occasion, Laurent Guichoux, Academic Director, Vatel India, said: “With over 90 million visitors, France is one of the most visited countries in the world and India with 7 million will only grow. It is in this scenario that Vatel India will help meet the needs of the hospitality industry in a unique way.”
For hospitality management students in India, the development offers significant advantages and opportunities. Students can now gain access to an extensive network of over 31 international schools spread across the Vatel network and over three decades of academic experience.
Commenting on the alliance, Pranav Ansal, Vice Chairman, API and Trustee Ansal University, said, “Our tie-up with Vatel is very relevant keeping in mind that travel and tourism contributed 113.2 billion dollars or almost 5.35% of GDP in 2014, making India the second largest tourism market in Asia after China. However, with the launch of this course, apart from hospitality, students will also have opportunities in luxury retail, events and have many other service industries open up to them.”
Faculty members at Ansal University will also benefit from a well enriched international faculty base, and through their interactive methods, which mirror reality in the workplace. It will also give students the resources to develop their analytical capacities, acquire knowledge that is necessary in hotel management while having managerial experience in real-time conditions.
Sarabjit Singh, CEO, Ecole India, which has been instrumental in bringing Vatel to India, spoke of Vatel’s USPs. “With Vatel School of Hospitality management in India, we are bringing their history of 30 years of hospitality training across schools all over the world. However, their USP is to meet the local needs of the students in their part of the world while preparing them for the international world of hospitality.”
Prof Raj S. Dhankar, Vice Chancellor, Ansal University, had this to say at the occasion. “In a globalised world, it is critically important that we give to our students the best professional and experiential based learning so that they become industry ready. In order to do so we need to have associations and linkages with leading academic institutions of the world. We at Ansal University to help strengthen our hotel management and catering technology program have developed such a linkage with the well-known Vatel School of Hospitality, France.”
The Vatel experience and know-how will be delivered through its undergraduate course, BSc. (Hotel Management and Catering Technology). The VATEL’s teaching methodology is based on based on their unique yet tried and tested mixture of theoretical academic courses followed by professional work experience and application.

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