MDIS School of Tourism and Hospitality welcomed its first batch of diploma students in August 2006 and subsequently the Bachelor's students two months later. Since then, the school enjoys close collaboration with universities from Australia and the United Kingdom in grooming leading professionals of the future.
On 5 March 2007, MDIS School of Tourism and Hospitality was officially launched by Mr. Baey Yam Keng, Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC at the inaugural Regional Tourism and Hospitality Conference held at Fullerton Hotel. The event was witnessed by many travel and tourism industry partners. In his opening address, Dr Eric Kuan, President of the MDIS Governing Council announced that the launch of the school was a timely move by MDIS, to help address the growing need for trained and qualified personnel in the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. Students not only have to go through the academic portion of the programme in campus, they are also required to complete a four to six months internship at leading hotels, resorts, attractions, etc. as part of the curriculum.
To date, more than 3,000 students from over 20 countries have joined MDIS School of Tourism and Hospitality.
Voted as one of the best hospitality and tourism studies in Singapore by Edupoll* 2008/2009, MDIS School of Tourism and Hospitality will continue to maintain and exceed students' expectations by providing quality education and services.
Tropical Breeze – Hospitality Training Centre
The rapid increase in student population brought about more developments for the school. MDIS invested more than a quarter million dollars on a training centre to equip students with the professional knowledge and skills to work in the various industries.
The Hospitality Training Centre, Tropical Breeze, which occupies a floor area of 1,400 square feet at MDIS Campus, has three main practicum: front office service operation with Micros Fidelio Property Management System, food and beverage service operation with well-equipped bar counter facilities, and housekeeping service operation with a mock-up hotel guest room. In addition, the students also learn invaluable personal development skills that will give them a competitive edge over others by the time they graduate.
On 24 October 2007, Mr. Lim Swee Say, Minister in Prime Minister's Office and Secretary-General of National Trades Union Congress officiated at the launch of Tropical Breeze. In the presence of the media and industry partners, this marked a historic day for MDIS School of Tourism and Hospitality.
*Edupoll.org is an online resource for university information in Singapore and Asia Pacific and it is also an international division of Edugo Global LLC.
Brew and Bites Café
Run by the MDIS School of Tourism and Hospitality, Brew and Bites café offers a large selection of food and drinks ranging from handcrafted gourmet sandwiches and cakes to espressos, lattes and cappuccinos that are all brewed on the spot to perfection.