VMSIIHE: Teaching Beyond Classrooms and Preparing Students for the Real-life Challenges with Hands-on Experiences

The institute’s mission is the advancement of knowledge and leadership, to develop the full intellectual and human potential of students through a commitment to excellence in learning, teaching and collaboration with industry.

V. M. Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education (VMSIIHE) located in Goa is a world class hospitality institute, with a state-of-the-art infrastructure and a wide range of facilities. Affiliated to the Goa University, VMSIIHE has a tie-up up with Turismo de Portugal for a collaborative international training and educational program which offers its students an opportunity to pursue Culinary/Hospitality program at Business and Hotel Management School in Luzern, Switzerland. Significantly, the students at VMSIIHE are exposed to the international hospitality sector through various programs including a six months Internship program.

The Institute offers a Three-Year BSc. Degree in International Hospitality Management, designed to equip the students with practical and first hand training, along with necessary skills paying special attention to personality and soft skills development, leadership qualities, professional attitude and discipline which are essential to be global managers of repute.

Pathway to global opportunities

Apart from academics and practical sessions, the institute boasts of a an intensive industry-focused curriculum, dedicated and experienced faculty with international expertise, sophisticated in-house training equipment, world-class infrastructure, sessions with industry experts, educational tours to Europe, international exchange program. At VMSIIHE, students are assured of an ideal atmosphere for learning. On completion of the course they will have the professional skills to meet challenging opportunities in a dynamic industry and adapt to requirements of the global hospitality world.

While pursuing their degree at VMSIIHE, students are offered six months professional internship at international starred hotels namely,  Praia Del Rey in Portugal, JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai, Hilton in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Resort & Spa, Intercontinental DFC in Dubai, Sofitel Luxury hotels in  Abu  Dhabi, UAE etc., and in India, The Oberoi & Ritz-Carlton in Bangalore, Taj-Mahal Palace, Mumbai, JW Marriott, Mumbai Sahar,  Four Seasons, Hyatt Properties, ITC Sheraton, Delhi, Taj Hotel Resorts & Palaces, The Lalit, The Leelas & Alila Diwa in Goa.

Students who have graduated from the institute have been offered placements in leading hotels and resorts across the globe including Taj Fort Aguada in Goa, Double Tree Hilton in Dubai, Grange Hotels in UK , Shangri-La, Bangalore, The Oberoi, Mumbai, JW Marriott Le Marquis, Dubai  to name a few. A few of its alumni have also taken up an Entrepreneurial role to create their own milestones in the industry.

Innovative and Practical Educational Model

VMSIIHE follows an innovative educational model which aims to prepare students for a dynamic career globally and to achieve that target, the institute offers leadership program, professional internships, guest lectures, food fest events and inculcates in them a professional attitude with a holistic approach which has fetched the Graduates placements not just in India but also in the UAE and European countries.

Going Beyond Classroom Education

Not just an educational model, VMSIIHE takes a step ahead and provides students with all the facilities that one needs to understand the practical aspects of the hospitality sector. The well-designed campus of the institute spread over 6 acres has a fully functional training hotel on the lines of a five starred hotel, complete with a grand lobby area and reception, well-appointed guestrooms, restaurant, kitchen area and banqueting facilities. Additionally, the institute has spacious classrooms equipped with technologically advanced facilities including central air conditioning, LCD screens, projectors, laptops and Wi-Fi connectivity. The classrooms are designed while keeping in mind numerous factors such as natural sunlight, weather conditions and comfort of students. Another interesting factor about VMSIIHE is that the students here are guided by International faculty who resides on the campus, and all other faculty members of the institute are well qualified.

The Torchbearer of the Institute

Prof. Irfan Mirza is the Director / Principal at the V. M. Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education in Goa. With a rich experience of over 35 years in the hospitality industry, Prof. Mirza serves and leads the institute towards the way of success.

Prior to joining VMSIIHE, Prof. Mirza held the position of Director, Academic Relations (India) for César Ritz Colleges, Switzerland and was a visiting faculty member at various institutes. He has vast knowledge in planning and setting up hotel management institutes. He has been a project consultant and has successfully set up hotel management institutes abroad and in India including European International College Abu Dhabi, Jindal School of Management in Baroda, Oriental School of Hotel Management, Calicut, Sarva Institute of Hotel Management, Chandigarh and Good Shepherd College of Hotel Management, Ooty.

A veteran in the hospitality industry, Irfan Mirza has been awarded as a member of faculty of the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute of USA for teaching key courses like Leadership and Management in Hospitality Industry, Fundamentals of Destination Management and Marketing, Hospitality Industry Financial Accounting among other subjects at the institute. He is also a Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) and Certified Guest Service Professional (CGSP) from the Educational Institute of American Hotel & Lodging, USA

In the span of his career, Mirza has authored books like ‘A to Z International Cooking’ and ‘A to Z International Baking’. He was responsible for developing START (Skills, Tasks, and Training) hospitality Program for the United Arab Emirates students in Dubai and developed specialized courses for starred hotels in Dubai. Irfan Mirza has also served as a specialist / Senior Trainer of Training Solutions consultant at Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing at the Government of Dubai.

 Events Guiding Students to be Extraordinary

VMSIIHE follows environment friendly practices while keeping in mind climate change and other environment issues. Some of the best practices implemented at the Institute are the Waste Management System, Rain water harvesting, recycling of used water to be used for gardening and plantation activity all over the campus.

The Institute has taken up many initiatives including organizing Blood donation camps, dental camps, visits to old aged homes, orphanage, under privileged children etc., as a part of its Institutional Social Responsibility.

Some of the other extraordinary events organized by the institute are: Theme Banquets – Opening Ceremony of Carnival, IFFI, Indian Super League Launch, Olympic meet, 32nd anniversary of Emirates Airlines; Theme nights – Hollywood, Night at the sea , Mediterranean, fiesta Brasileira; Annual college events – Amicorum, Rotary club; The Red Ribbon Club organized a speech and poster making competition in celebration of International Youth Day; and Fondant Flower Making Workshop, Culinary Workshop on fruit and vegetable carving among many others.

Moments of Achievements

VMSIIHE has achieved more than just awards; its contribution into the world of hospitality has earned it huge fame and recognition. The institute has a MOU with an international institute, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). The academic support and curriculum of the VMSIIHE is also partly drawn in accordance with DIT. It even has a MOU with Business & Hotel Management School (BHMS), Switzerland, for higher study options. Amazingly, the students of VMSIIHE are eligible to pursue higher studies at BHMS.

The Institute was awarded as the ‘Cleanest College’ of the state of Goa for the second time in a row for the academic years, 2016-17 and 2017-18. It was honored with the ‘Swachchatam Mahavidyalaya Samman’ from amongst 35 institutes affiliated to the Goa University. VMSIIHE was awarded by ICI Goa – Ultra Tech Award for outstanding concrete structure of Goa 2014 – Building Category. It has also been listed among the Top 10 promising Travel and Hospitality Institutes in India 2018 by renowned media publication.

Like any other institute, VMSIIHE’s pillars of success are its students and the institute’s success stories become the inspirational factors for many. And, let’s hear their words in their own voice.

Words of Trust

“All-in-all, it’s a great course, with great infrastructure, teaching faculty and staff and amazing colleagues!” – Ujjwal Tripathi, (Batch 2015-2018)

“As an ex-student of VMSIIHE, and one of the pioneer students of the institute, I feel honored and privileged to be a part of such a family.” – Tanya Saigal (Batch -2014-17)

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