Industry practice is our bread and butter
The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management (SHRIM) primes future hoteliers, restaurateurs, and hospitality managers for the rigors and precision of the hospitality industry.
SHRIM is the first and only hotel school in the Philippines to be awarded a Level IV accreditation by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU), and also one of the few schools that have been conferred as a Center for Excellence in Hotel and Restaurant Management by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). Furthermore, the School is a Certified Guest Service Property granted by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute or AHLEI.
SHRIM adheres to the philosophy that superior education culminates in practice. Our campus, the Angelo King International Center (AKIC), houses industry standard kitchen laboratories where students apply what they learned through hands-on experience.
Just as salt and pepper are fundamentals of flavor, a balance between theory and practice are the foundations of our discipline. This is the reason why SHRIM invests heavily in industry standard laboratory facilities and training facilities internally called Hatcheries. These include a 50-room 4-star hotel, a travel & tours office, a fine dining French restaurant, a gourmet cafe, an off-premise catering unit, and a cafeteria and quick service food facility. These hatcheries do not only teach the necessary skills but also the important components of operations, marketing and entrepreneurship.
Industry on detour
Now a trillion dollar industry, world tourism experienced a 4% growth in 2019. The continued growth of Philippine Tourism is stimulating a lot of investment in the hotel sector. As a country, we have achieved our forecast in 2019 with 8.26 million tourists representing 15.24% increase. The revenues we received from both international and domestic tourism contributed 12.7% to our GDP in 2019.
Dubbed as the Golden Era of Hotel Construction, the years of 2018 to 2021 are exciting years for the Philippine hotel industry. About 8,000 hotel rooms will be added to the country’s hotel room inventory. Property giants and hotel brands are slated to open new properties in the country in the coming years, which leads to job opportunities in the industry.
In the first two months of 2020, the Philippines already surpassed its tourism targets for the first quarter of the year. And then COVID-19 happened.
The tourism industry has been crippled by this pandemic but history has proven that the industry always bounces back. Ultimately, we see this pandemic as an opportunity to reshape the industry to embrace new products, for new destinations to emerge, to create new experiences, and move towards sustainability and a new model for tourism.
4-star hotel with 5-star experience
Inside the AKIC Campus is a 4-star hotel with restaurants and banquet halls where students, mentored by hotel staff, render duty to practice hotel and hospitality service on real hotel guests.
C’est la “V”!
Benilde offers the first international double-degree program in the Philippines under the new transnational guidelines of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
This is made possible through the partnership with Vatel Hotel & Tourism Business School, a recognized and highly reputable hotel-school in France.
Furthermore, Vatel Restaurant Manila, serving as the premier restaurant of Hotel Benilde, serves French cuisine for dining and caters to special banquets and events.
Glazed with experiential learning
SHRIM students can appreciate their program better through experiential learning that’s why SHRIM encourages participation in many co-curricular activities. They are immersed through industry events that expose them to current and upcoming trends and let them meet professionals who can share trade secrets.
International Exchange and Internship
All students may spend 6-12 months in a luxury hotel or resort in the US through our partner, the International Trainee Network (ITN). They may also spend 4-5 months in Jumeirah owned hotels/resorts in Dubai in collaboration with the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management (EAHM).
Culinary students may participate in 5-month program in Italy either through the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners (ICIF) or the Italian Food Style Education (IFSE).
IHM students may spend a term or two in a partner Vatel Campus through the Marco Polo Program. They can also take their first practicum in Nimes, Frances through Vatel Nimes.
Local and International Educational Tours
SHRIM encourages participation in local and/or international educational tours as part of experiential learning.
Some classes that have tours are the following:
• PTOUR-1 Bohol
• PTOUR-2 Korea
• ASIANCU Thailand
• FILCUI2 Quezon
• WINEAPP Paris-Bordeaux
• BARMGM2 Paris-Bordeaux
• ECOTOUR Palawan
• LEISMGT Sorsogon
• WORLD02 Paris
These are all OPTIONAL since related expenses (i.e. program fees, airfare, accommodation, living expenses, etc.) are not part of the regular tuition and fees.
Educational Tours and Internship subject to CHED regulations. Tour destinations are also subject to change.
The Young Hoteliers’ Exposition develops and showcases the talents and skills of SHRIM students. YHE provides venues that serve as training ground for future hotel leaders in the Hospitality Industry.
Benilde participates in the worldwide celebration of French gastronomy in Goût de France. Spanning more than 150 countries, each contender in this annual international event showcases a unique menu that successfully fuses local produce to French flavors, values, and traditions of cooking.
Alumni of the Benilde’s BS-Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management Program-Culinary Arts Track shared how their experiences as Benildean students helped propel their careers in the culinary arts industry.