School of Applied Sciences at Özyeğin University offers two unique and highly acclaimed international programs, which are four (4) year B.Sc. degrees in the domains of Hotel Management and Gastronomy and Culinary Arts.
Being the only one of its kind in Turkey, the Hotel Management Program of the School of Applied Sciences at Özyeğin University, publicly announced its ultimate goal during the initiation of the academic program, to be ranked among the top 20 academic programs worldwide by 2020.
The Protocol signed between Özyeğin University's Hotel Management Program and Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts marked a unique collaboration in the field which enables students to complete their internships at Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts located in many countries around the world and also gives the chance to do their first job interviews upon graduation with Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts worldwide.
To strengthen the link with the industry a second protocol was signed between Özyeğin University's Hotel Management Program and The Marmara Collection Group, possessing the same provisions.
The Hotel Management Program at Özyeğin University has also put forward substantial efforts to establish its Advisory Board during the initiation stage of the academic program, bringing together 12 active, veteran leaders of the hospitality and tourism industries on July 16th, 2009, holding its first meeting and calling for the commencement of its work.
Gastronomy and Culinary Arts Program, coupled with the introduction of an exclusive partnership with Le Cordon Bleu International, was launched in September 2012.
The aim of the program is to set an example of creation of excellence in the field of Gastronomy and Culinary Arts with a vision of being ranked among the 5 academic programs worldwide by 2023.
As a sign of dedication to achieve its goal, the Advisory Board of the program, which brought 12 well-known food and beverage enterpreneurs and the leaders of the industry together, was formed in April 2013.
Hotel Management and Gastronomy and Culinary Arts programs naturally require contemporary practical and theoretical approaches fused with each other. Therefore, a multimedia-based education is essential and has to include case studies, professional hospitality software, kitchen/laboratory studies to develop practical skills, interactive simulation programs, projects, internships and electives. Taking a second foreign language course (Russian, Chinese, German or Spanish) is compulsory for Hotel Management students.
The ultimate aim of both programs is to cultivate efficient and internationally recognized hotel and/or culinary arts professionals who can establish their own businesses upon graduation or build their careers up to executive management positions with international hotel restaurant chains.
Upon their graduation, the students of Gastronomy and Culinary Arts Program will appreciate being granted with a parchment co-signed by Özyeğin University and Le Cordon Bleu International to prove that they have taken culinary arts courses under the auspices of Le Cordon Bleu Chef Instructors, who deliver Le Cordon Bleu techniques using Le Cordon Bleu educational materials.
While studying, students will also enjoy benefiting from working in sample hotel rooms, professionally designed front desk and reservation areas, serving in the practice restaurant and preparing food items in the state-of-the art kitchens of the Center of Excellence on the premises and in the meantime, will develop environmentally sensitive and socially conscious values, in order to act as pioneers for the society.