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16.12.19 | ICHM News

Acquisition of ICHM by UP Education

Media release 16 December 2019 
International College of Hotel Management acquired by UP Education

Adelaide-based International College of Hotel Management (ICHM) has been acquired by UP Education from Charles Darwin University (CDU).  

Offering undergraduate and post graduate business, hotel and hospitality management degrees, ICHM is the only official Swiss Hotel Association (SHA) affiliate school in Australia. 

The Vice-Chancellor of CDU, Professor Simon Maddocks, said he is pleased CDU could sell ICHM to a trusted partner like UP Education who operates as a university pathway provider for the university.

“ICHM is a high-quality education provider that has successfully extended its offering to include Master programs during CDU’s ownership. The acquisition by UP Education at this time of growth will assist ICHM as it continues to attract students in an increasingly competitive education environment.”   

UP Education is a top-three Australasian university pathway provider and New Zealand’s largest provider of skills-based learning. University partnerships include Charles Darwin University, University of Tasmania and Swinburne University of Technology, University of Auckland, AUT University, and Victoria University Wellington.  
UP Education Group CEO, Mark Rushworth, says he is pleased to bring a higher education provider of ICHM’s recognition and academic strength into the UP Education portfolio. 
“Named the best hotel and hospitality school in Australia for the quality of its student experience*, ICHM has a unique offering of degree programs and workplace learning. With 20 years’ experience delivering leading academic and employment outcomes across a wide range of skills-based learning environments, UP Education is well aligned to support ICHM as it continues to deliver hospitality excellence in the Australian market.” 
ICHM CEO, Natalie Simmons says UP Education is well placed to support ICHM as it looks to grow domestic and international student enrolments.  

“With extensive experience with international student recruitment, UP Education can support ICHM and its focus on continued student growth. UP Education has given the ICHM leadership team confidence in a shared vision for the future, and with their support we can continue to build on our mission to be at the forefront of hospitality education by equipping our students with the knowledge, skills and professionalism for their future careers.” 

Under the new ownership which comes into effect in January 2020, ICHM will continue its day-today operation with its current management and staff.  


*QILT Student Experience Survey (SES) 



For more information:  
Alexandra Speedy
Head of Corporate Affairs
UP Education  
0064 21 070 0651 

Established in 1992, ICHM is a leading hospitality schools in Australia. More than 3,000 students from 88 countries have graduated from ICHM. Graduates go on to work around Australia and the world in a variety of hotel, hospitality and business related enterprises. ICHM is the only Swiss Hotel Association affiliated school in Australia.   


UP Education is a leading dual-sector education provider delivering both vocational and higher education across Australasia. With over 20 years of experience, every year UP Education equips 11,500 students from all over the world with the right skills and attitudes to excel.  
As a top-three Australasian pathway provider, UP Education provides international students with the foundations needed to transition successfully into English speaking universities.  
Through its diverse network of skills-based learning private colleges, UP Education also offers hundreds of category one accredited courses with proven employment outcomes in Tourism, Hospitality, Web & Graphic Design, and Film & Animation. 
UP Education has 34 campus locations in nine cities across New Zealand and Australia, along with 14 global recruitment hubs.

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