The Undergraduate Hotel Management Program is a four-year business administration and technology-based program established by the Department of Hotel Management at the School of Applied Sciences at Özyeğin University with the goal of ranking among the world’s most renowned programs. Today, the program takes pride in being the first of its kind in Turkey.
High level cooperation with the hospitality sector is a top priority for our Department of Hotel Management. In line with its commitment to forging new collaborations, our department, has to date, signed several memorandums of understanding with the leading hospitality institutions. The first memorandum of understanding (MoU) was awarded in 2009 with the Swissôtel Hotels and Resorts, followed by new MoUs signed with The Marmara Collection Group in 2012, and with Accor Hotels Turkey, and TÜROB in 2019 respectively. These alliances have vested our Undergraduate Hotel Management Program students with opportunities to complete their internships in partner hospitality institutions in different cities and countries, and have preferential treatment in screening and recruitment for open positions following their graduation.
Also, the Undergraduate Hotel Management Program of the School of Applied Sciences at Özyeğin University established a 12-member advisory board on July 16, 2009. The first of its kind in the world, the Advisory Board assembled the doyens of the hospitality world during the foundation phase of the Undergraduate Hotel Management Program. Today, the members of the Advisory Board not only make valuable contributions to the program itself, but also offer mentorship to our Undergraduate Hotel Management Program students.
As the Hotel Management education requires both a theoretical and practical approach, the program’s structure was bolstered with case studies, courses supported with sectoral software, laboratory sessions targeted to build on practical skills, interactive simulation programs, projects, 2,000 hours of internships, elective courses, and a second foreign language in Russian, Chinese, German, or Spanish, all which have laid a solid foundation to achieve the desired world-class education.
In pursuit of preparing our students to become leaders who will design hospitality of the future, our academic program has been re-engineered from top to bottom to integrate the latest technologies into its curriculum. In line with our commitment to offer top notch education in hospitality, our curriculum is enriched with transdisciplinary courses, such as “New Media Management”, “Managing Revenue and Online Distribution Channels in Hotels”, “Artificial Intelligence and Human Interactions”.
Boasting its stellar cadre of faculty with international experience and a strong research background in the field of Hotel Management and Food and Beverage Management, the program aims to cultivate competent professionals who embrace modern values, and who are able to start their own businesses, or take up senior management positions in international hotel chains with their extensive experience.
The program’s practical courses are offered in our 3,650 sqm Center of Excellence. The Center of Excellence is made up of in-house hotel rooms, the front-desk and reception areas, each exquisitely decorated and furnished under the auspices of the Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts, The Marmara Collection Group and Martı Hotels & Resorts, as well as an 80-person banquet room, a 110-person demonstration restaurant L’Atelier Bleu, a tasting classroom, and five kitchens.
In addition to theoretical classes, our students are vested with practical training in our Center for Excellence. They are not confined to the limits of campus. They put their knowledge to test in international competitions against their peers, and return home with invaluable international experience. They are socially responsible and environmentally conscious. They will step into professional life to add value, rise up to senior executive positions, and lead the way for the advancement and development of their societies.