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29 November 2023

India’s hospitality institute MCC opens in UAE

By VM Sathish

A leading Indian hospitality training institute has opened its campus in Ras Al Khaimah to train manpower for the hotel and catering industry.

Munnar Catering College (MCC), claimed to be India’s largest hospitality training organisation, will offer its various diplomas, degree and post graduate programmes from the campus located in the RAK Free Zone.

The Emirates MCC University Campus, affiliated to the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), will offer courses in hospitality and hotel management from February 2011, said Tissan Thachankary, Chairman of Emirates MCC University and founder of Royal Group of Companies.

He said students who enroll in the RAK Campus will get international exposure to work in the world class hotels in Dubai, and other parts of UAE.  Currently, there is a great demand for manpower in the hospitality industry and in some sectors, especially restaurants; there is an acute shortage of skilled manpower.  Due to lack of formal training, many employees are unable to move up the career ladder and get stuck in their job for many years.

Professor VN Rajashekharan Pillai, Vice Chancellor, IGNOU, and the largest Open University in the world which has enrolled three million students, said: “Emirates MCC University, affiliated to IGNOU is setting a new benchmark in hospitality training with the opening of the UAE campus in Ras Al Khaimah. Over the past 25 years, MCC has proven its competencies in offering world class education and training programmes in hospitality.  The UAE operations uphold the same international standards and best practices in India.”

He said the campus will be a great value addition to the UAE’s vocational training sector, especially for hospitality.” The quality of the programmes is strictly overseen by IGNOU, he said.

There are two academic sessions, January/February and July August. Admissions are currently open for the July August session. Courses offered includes One Year Diplomas in Tourism and Hotel Management and Tourism, Two year Associate Degree in Hotel Management and Tourism, three year degree in hotel Hotel Management, two year MBA programme in International Hospitality Management and one and half year Executive MBA in International Hospitality Mnaagement. In India, MCC offers two year Masters Degree in International Hotel Management and Executive MHM in International Hotel Management.

Diploma courses are open to students who have passed Class 10, O-Level or equivalent, the Associate Degree and Degree is for students who passed Plus 2, A Level or equivalent. Degree holders in any stream with diploma in Hotel Management or any approved degree in hotel management and catering can apply for International Hotel Management (MHM) and Executive MHM.