Sommet Education, which owns renowned institutes including Les Roches, École Ducasse and Glion Institute of Higher Education, recently entered into a strategic partnership with the Indian School of Hospitality (ISH), founded by hospitality veteran Dilip Puri.
The partners said they aim to offer a global standard of education to a larger number of hospitality and culinary arts aspirants in the years to come, in India and the neighbouring countries. Through this partnership, École Ducasse now has its first campus in India at ISH, and Les Roches, one of the world’s leading hospitality business schools, enters in an academic alliance with ISH for its undergraduate and postgraduate hospitality management programmes.
At an event in Delhi NCR to celebrate the partnership, Benoît-Etienne Domenget, CEO, Sommet Education and Dilip Puri, Founder and CEO, Indian School of Hospitality announced their future development plans for India. The first step of this plan is to expand the current ISH Gurugram campus, which will feature an additional 25,000 sq. ft of classrooms, training kitchens, and student experience areas. This expansion will take up the capacity of the campus to over 500 students. New facilities are under construction and will be operational by early 2022. In terms of expansion outside the Gurugram campus, Sommet Education and ISH are evaluating opportunities for a second campus to be located in Mumbai, Bengaluru, or Hyderabad. They also intend to launch a network of École Ducasse studios in select cities across India. These studios institutes will cater to the needs of professionals, enthusiasts, and career changers for upskilling and acquiring new skills. The targeted cities include New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru.
Dilip Puri, Founder & CEO of, Indian School of Hospitality said the higher education landscape in India is rapidly transforming in order to meet the needs of a young demographic, and ISH intends to be at the vanguard of this transformation by bringing the world’s best education brands. “We want to create a talent pool that’s not just global but also equipped with a future-proof skillset,He added.
Benoit-Etienne Domenget, CEO, Sommet Education, said India is one of the fastest-growing countries in the world, with hospitality and tourism contributing to a large share of economic growth and employment. “As a dynamic young economy, India is the perfect development platform for international education brands to invest in and innovate,” he added. ISH is part of Sommet Education’s global network of 18 campuses across 8 countries. It offers degree as well as diploma and certificate programmes in hospitality management and culinary arts at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
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