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Seychelles student walks away with the overall Best Academic Student award 2013 at Shannon College of Hotel Management in Ireland

Seychelles student walks away with the overall Best Academic Student award 2013 at Shannon College of Hotel Management in Ireland ( The Seychelles Tourism Academy received with pride the impressive results recorded from the graduation of its first batch of students who have completed their Bachelors Degree in Hospitality Management tailored by Shannon College of Hotel Management in Ireland.

Overall results indicate that the thirteen graduates came out with flying colors, but the most impressive result was recorded from Ms. Ros -May Payette who was ranked the overall Best Academic Student of Shannon College of Hotel Management of Ireland 2013.

Ms. Rose-May Payette received from Shannon College a cash prize of 3,000 euros for her outstanding results. Mr. Flavien Joubert, the Principal of the Seychelles Tourism Academy, was personally in Ireland for the 2013 Graduation Ceremony. Mr. Joubert was accompanied in Ireland by Mrs. Lucy Athanasius, the Pro Vice Chancellor of University of Seychelles, and Mr. John Nolan, the Presidential Advisor for Education, to witness the ceremonial hooding of the graduates.

Mr. Flavien Joubert, the Principal of the Seychelles Tourism Academy, said that Seychelles was proud for their admirable achievement by the Seychellois students. “Your results are a great achievements for Seychelles who now count on hotels and the tourism trade partners in Seychelles to welcome this first group of trained Seychellois hospitality management professionals with a conducive working environment, with continuous training program possibilities, with a succession plan to see the local color move up the management ladder in the industry, we all say remains the pillar of our economy, and importantly with a decent and conducive salary as per international norms,” Mr. Joubert said.

The Chief Executive of Seychelles Tourism Board, Elsia Grandcourt, also echoed a congratulatory message to the students for their excellent results, saying that even if Seychelles is a small country, its students can produce excellent results when they are given the opportunity to prove themselves.

“The Seychelles Tourism Board is extremely pleased with this high achievement. The Principal and the management of the Tourism Academy should feel proud to see their students excel as they did. Today I also congratulate Ms. Rose-May Payette for her outstanding performance. This achievement has given the highest international visibility to our cohorts of students studying at the Shannon Hospitality College,” said Mrs. Grandcourt.

The CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board joined the Principal of Seychelles Tourism Academy to echo a message to the Seychelles Tourism trade partners.

“The first in our new groups of Seychellois graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Hospitality Management is another milestone for our Tourism Academy. Our strategy being implemented is paving the way to see more of our young Seychellois professionals take up key positions within the Seychelles tourism industry. We urge the industry partners to continue working with us on this program, and we also thank them for their support to make the new graduates feel welcome and valued as they return home to work and contribute towards the industry,” commented Mrs. Elsia Grandcourt, CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board.

The thirteen Seychellois students graduated at Shannon Hospitality College of Ireland on March 7 in a cohort of about a hundred European students. In March 2008, they enrolled at Seychelles Tourism Academy to become the first group of student to follow a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management validated by Shannon Hospitality College of Ireland.

In 2011, the students validated the first component of their course, an Advance Diploma in Hospitality Management at the Seychelles Tourism Academy after spending four years at the Academy. They then moved to Shannon Hospitality College in Ireland to validate their fifth year and have now completed their Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management. During their four years at the Seychelles Tourism Academy, the students spent over 14 months of work attachment in hotels in the Seychelles and 2 months of work attachment at the 5-star Belle Mare Plage Hotel in Mauritius.

The 2013 graduates are now following their last eighteen months of work attachment in Ireland, Dubai, and England while some are back in the Seychelles. Ms. Rose-May Payette, who won the top prize in the hospitality contest held in Ireland, is already back in Seychelles for her eighteen-month internship with Hilton Seychelles. She is expected to eventually take a hospitality management post.

A second batch of Seychellois students are now in Shannon College for their fourth and final year. They are the first group to validate a four-year course instead of five years, as was the case with the 2008 cohort. A third group will depart Seychelles in August 2013 to also validate their fourth year at Shannon Hospitality College in Ireland.

PHOTO (L to R): Rose-May Payette student sitting on the left (blue dress) with colleagues and peers of Shannon College of Hotel Management of Ireland. / Photo from Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture


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