International Hotel Management School in Singapore
Located in the heart of Asia, Singapore is the second most competitive economy in the world with a colourful and eclectic mix of local and global influences. Leveraging on Singapore's unique strengths, Vatel Singapore is the ideal place to learn and experience cross-cultural management in the hospitality industry.
Vatel Singapore is located within the campus of SDH Institute, which is centrally situated in the residential and commercial area of the Central Business District which combines the convenience of being in the city and in close proximity to everyday amenities. The campus is equipped with modern facilities for conducive learning, as well as an international team of passionate lecturers with extensive industry experience.
Our Classroom / Facilities (11th Floor and 13th Floor)
Students can enjoy the buzz of the cosmopolitan and study with friends from all over the world in school. A diverse student body will enrich both in-class and extracurricular experiences enabling students to deal effectively with work situations in an ever more diverse world.
51 Anson Road, #13-51 Anson Centre Singapore
Mr Chia is the founding Director and Managing Director of SDH Institute. Before 2007, Mr Chia was in the elite Singapore Administrative Service serving at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The varied assignments during his 15 years with the Foreign Ministry included First Secretary in the Singapore Embassy in Beijing; Deputy Director of Policy, Planning and Analysis Directorate III; Director of Corporate Affairs; Director of Human Resource; Director of East Asia Directorate; Consul General of Singapore to Shanghai; and Director of ASEAN Chairmanship Taskforce.
Mr Chia graduated with a Bachelor of Economics from Hitotsubashi University, Japan on a Singapore government scholarship and earned a Master of Management from the Peking University, China, under the Singapore China Foundation Premier Scholarship.
Mr. Murali Nair embarked on a career in Hotel Management almost 30 years ago, armed with a Bachelor's degree in Travel Industry Management (Hotel Management) from the University of Hawaii, United States of America, Manoa and rich experience in hospitality sector.
His hotel career spans both internationally – United States of America, Europe, Asia and Africa – and across several international chains – Westin, Mandarin and Hyatt International. His area of specialisation was Food & Beverage and apart from working in senior management positions in hotels, for the past 10 years, Mr. Nair has been committed to helping organisations in the tourism industry achieve higher and more productive service standards.
Craig has spent more than 19 years working in education, including national universities, government and private schools in Singapore, Japan and South Africa. His strengths include curriculum development, Developmental and Language Acquisition Psychology and Meta-ethics. He is quiet and reserved in nature but loves the thrill of an active learning environment and gets a kick out of engaging students, nurturing ideas and abilities and watching people grow.
Mr. Craig holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy, University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. He also holds a BSocSc (Hons) in Philosophy and a BSocSc in Psychology and Philosophy from the same university.
Dr. Utanes has three decades of professional experience. He started off as a Chief Steward in a naval vessel. He then operated his own hostel business and became a marketing consultant to another hotel organisation. He held top positions as CCO, SVP, Director, and/or GM of a public Singapore company. His rich MICE experience was with a UK-based events and publication company. He had travelled to more than 30 countries in 5 continents.
Dr. Utanes possesses a DBA degree and is a certified hotel industry analytic (CHIA). He manages and teaches in Vatel Singapore’s degree top-up and MBA programmes.
Mr Barry Hayes has over 35 years of professional managerial experience in hospitality.
Barry completed a management trainee programme with the THF PostHouses (UK). In 1998 Barry came to Asia to assist in setting up a resort business and has stayed on since. He managed a group of resort/hotels in South East Asia specialising in leisure & water sports; with General Manager (GM) postings in Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand. He then settled down permanently in Singapore where he was the Director Representative for the group’s 15 resorts in South East Asia. Barry was also instrumental in building the S$2m water sports Centre on the East Coast in 2008 before becoming an educator.
Barry possesses BA (hons), MSc, (UK) a professional membership for the Institute for Hospitality (UK). He is a certified trainer (ACTA) and registered Certified Hospitality Trainer (CHT – USA). He is continuing to study for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) specialising in the hospitality HRM.
Mr Edwin Yeong is a full-time lecturer at SDH Institute. He has more than 10 years of teaching experience. He is very familiar with the local education system and MOE (Ministry of Education) syllabus. Mr Edwin has taught English to speakers of other languages and understands the difficulties faced by them.
Mr Edwin holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Computing from University Bradford, United Kingdom, and a Diploma in Electronics, Computers and Communications from Singapore Polytechnic.
He also holds a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. Mr Edwin has also attended other teaching courses at the British Council.
Mr Edwin has worked in the IT (Information Technology) industry for a number of years and conducted IT training classes when he was working in an IT firm. He likes teaching and interacting with his students. When he delivers his lessons, his objective is to present the topics as simple as possible. He believes many things can be explained in simple ways.
Ms Yip has 18 years of industry experience in Hospitality. Being passionate in Hospitality, she plied her trade with several luxury hospitality groups such as InterContinental Hotel, Capella Hotel, The Fullerton Hotel, Holiday Inn Hotel, Amara Santuary Resort, Royal Plaza on Scotts, resuming different positions such as Front Office Manager and Hotel Operations Manager.
She holds a Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality from University of Nevada Las Vegas, USA. She holds other Hospitality professional certifications such as Comply with Legal Requirements, SHATEC professional certificate Front Office Operations and Management.
Presently, she is serving as Lecturer at SDH Institute where she is responsible for coordinating industrial attachment of students.
Mr Clarence Lua has been a food and beverage lecturer/trainer since the year 2000. He was responsible for training students for F&B practical as well as participating in the Dream Team during Food and Hotel Asia 2004, local bartending competitions like Bacardi Grand Prix and the annual National Bartenders Competition. From 2015 – 2018, he led SDH Institute to finish in the top three positions in the National Cocktail Competitions.
He has extensive experience in both restaurants and hotels, including being on the pioneer team responsible for the opening of The Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel where he was involved in training, management and operations of the coffee house, banquet, poolside and beverage department.
Mr. Lua holds a Bachelor of Hospitality Management from Edith Cowan University, Australia. He also holds the International Bartender Association (IBA) John Whtye Elite Bartender Course in 2018.
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