It began in 2008 when Manoj Shrestha came to ICHM for 4th Year. Since then more than 50 Nepalese have followed in his path.
Graduate Manoj Shrestha was the first Nepalese student to study at ICHM, under arrangements with the Government - owned hotel school, Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM).
His plan was to come to ICHM to complete fourth year and gain the Bachelor of International Hotel Management (Swiss Hotel Association), and remain in Australia for a year or two before returning home.
But 10 years on and he’s still here, now as a Duty Manager at the Grand Chancellor in Hindley Street, in the heart of Adelaide’s entertainment precinct. As well his ICHM undergraduate degree, Manoj went on to achieve a Master of Management (Tourism) from the University of South Australia.
After leaving ICHM, Manoj gained a position at the InterContinental Adelaide working across most departments. He expressed a wish to stay in Australia and the hotel sponsored his successful application for permanent residency.
‘I gained a lot of experience in all departments over the six years I was there, and last year I made the move to the Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide, initially as Night Manager and then Duty Manager.’
Before coming to Australia and ICHM he had worked in various properties in Kathmandu, including the Sheraton Everest Hotel, Yak and Yeti Hotel and Hotel Tayoma.
While completing post - graduate studies Manoj worked as part of the pre - opening team at the Crowne Plaza, Adelaide, and at the Holiday Inn on Hindley.
Manoj says the hotel business in Nepal is growing exponentially, and hotel management is viewed as a prestigious career.
‘Many of my colleagues intend on coming to Australia to study and gain additional experience.’
He says the education system at ICHM is totally different compared to universities in Nepal.
‘It is more research based and profoundly oriented to current international market trends.
‘ICHM was such an amazing experience with a unique multi - cultural and educational environment where teachers encouraged and supported you to learn and grow every day.
‘It enhanced my hospitality knowledge on an international spectrum and gave me exposure to the dynamic international market. It equipped me with advanced management skills and specialised industry knowledge considered essential for managerial - level jobs’, he says.
His advice: ICHM is a good investment, which you wouldn’t regret.
Since 2008 ICHM has expanded its partnerships in Nepal, and while NATHM remains an important partnership, ICHM has pathways from five other Kathmandu hotel colleges.