EURHODIP, the association for the awarding of European hotel and catering diplomas, is to stage its first conference in July at NŒmes, France.
The conference will be open to all hotel and catering industry teachers and professionals and will have as its theme education in the hotel and catering schools in Europe.
René Menu, chairman of EURHODIP, said the conference would address two issues: firstly, are those responsible for hotel and catering education really acquainted with all the changes in the modern industry? And also, that people from the profession should also have a satisfactory knowledge of the professional training graduates receive.
The British member of the conference's organising committee is David Jackson at Northampton College, Northampton.
ACADEMICS in hospitality management have called for a new partnership between education and industry to develop applied research projects.
The call was made at the third annual research conference organised by the Council for Hospitality Management Education (CHME) at Napier University, Edinburgh.
CHME has set up a co-ordinating group to help researchers from different institutions to develop projects jointly.
According to Dr Claire Kelliher from Thames Valley University few employers or government planners value research work.
"There is a lot of good research taking place in British universities. Much is relevant to current industrial problems and is of value to the hospitality industry. Employers could be more effective if they worked more closely with academics and helped devise applied research projects," she said.