Les Roches International School of Hotel Management Launches Specialization in Spa and Health Management

July 30, 2014


Collaboration agreements with industry leaders Genolier Swiss Medical Network and ESPAwill immerse students in practical, industry-specific learning while pursuing their studies

New Delhi, 30th July 2014: Les Roches International School of Hotel Management launched a new specialization in Spa and Health Management focused on the business and operational aspects of spa and health management, health and aesthetics, spa medicine and hotel spa services. The specialization is designed to prepare students to enter an industry which is experiencing double-digit growth worldwide.Les Roches’ collaboration with Genolier Swiss Medical Network (GSMN)and ESPA, two recognized industry leaders, will allow students to apply everything they learn on campus at Les Roches through hands-on experience and internships.

The Bachelor of Business Administration in International Hotel Management with a specialization in Spa and Health Management is aseven-semester program offered at Les Roches campus in Bluche, Switzerland, that provides a unique immersion into thespa and health industry. Students will visit ESPA-branded spas in London, experience best practice and conduct an integrated business project. Courses will focus on current and future trends, sustainability and environmental issues, retail spa operations, history and philosophy, as well as the business and leadership dynamics of this industry.Les Roches students will also spend two days visiting one of the GSMN’s clinics in Genolier,near Geneva tolearn from experts about working in a high-end health management company.

“Building a unique academic program paired with focused experiential learning and strong partners such as Genolier Swiss Medical Network and ESPA will set students on a solid career path,” said Sonia Tatar, CEO at Les Roches.“Graduates will benefit from the extensive expertise and knowledge of two renowned leaders in the industry.We are very proud to embark on this partnership with them.”

According to the Global Wellness Tourism Economy 2013 report, during the next five years the sector will grow at almost double the rate of global tourism, totaling $678.5 billion in 2017. In 2012, wellness tourism accounted for 1.8% of the world’s GDP, creating 11.7 million jobs accounting for $1.3 trillion global economic impact. The main driver of this growth will come from Asia, Latin America and the Middle East/North Africa, which are all regions that will recruit graduates whose talents offer a level of excellence and in-depth expertise.

“Les Roches is recognized for being an innovative global hospitality management school. It is always at the forefront of trends and industry needs, and provides students with a competitive edge to enter the employment market—especially in sectors that have remarkable potential for growth,”said Tatar.“The hospitality industry is not only about hotels; it includesspa and health management as well. Our students graduate with the business acumen, hospitality mindset and 5-star service approach which forms the very core of this sector.”

For more information about the new Spa and Health Management specialization, please visit www.lesroches.edu.

About Les Roches International School of Hotel Management

Les Roches International School of Hotel Management is a private Swiss Institution that offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs. Les Roches is accredited at university level by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) (www.neasc.org) and offers programs in the fields of hospitality, tourism, event and entertainment management. Nestled in the Swiss Alps at 1,274 meters in the small village of Bluche, just a few minutes’ drive from the famous ski and golf resort of Crans Montana, Les Roches offers its international student body a young and dynamic educational environment, perfect to mature in and gain experience to start an exciting and diverse professional career. Les Roches students have the possibility to transfer to/from Les Roches branch campuses and affiliated campuses in Spain, China and Jordan (Les Roches International Hotel Management School, Marbella, Spain; Les Roches Jin Jiang International Hotel Management College (LRJJ), Shanghai, China and The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA), Amman, Jordan). For more information, please visit www.lesroches.edu.Les Roches is part of Laureate Hospitality Education, a leading hospitality management education group (www.laureatehospitality.com).

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How completing a degree can impact a career

July 25, 2014

Planning a career, setting career goals, and determining how they can be achieved can take a lot of research. Much of this research will center on the education required by companies to consider a person a qualified candidate for the jobs available in that career.

Career planners have a lot of options to research when it comes to learning about the industry in which they want to work. There are traditional degrees like a Bachelor’s, Master’s and even a PhD. And there are massive open online courses (MOOCs) that often provide background information about a subject area. Before enrolling in an educational program, individuals should consider if a degree is more valuable than a few online courses.

  1. What sells better on a resume? – The job market is full of qualified applicants, and it can be difficult to get a resume to the top of the candidate pile. Having a degree from an accredited university makes it easier for employers to determine a candidate’s qualifications. And because of the high number of applicants, employers with open positions will be looking for people who easily fit into the posted criteria. They might not be willing to take the time to research if an online course here and there is provided by an accredited school and if what was included in the curriculum would meet the needs of the company. Oftentimes, employers list undergraduate or graduate degree requirements that applicants must meet to be considered.
  2. What provides the best overall learning? – Universities and colleges develop their online degree programs to provide students with a well-rounded education, because many times an understanding of the arts is needed to fully grasp the sciences – and vice versa. For example, in the business world, an employer posting a position for an accountant may want candidates to also have the ability to communicate well with fellow employees and clients, both verbally and in writing, as well as have an understanding of social behaviors that could be learned in a social sciences course. Taking a select few online courses in accounting would not provide candidates with this knowledge or skill set, and may have employers looking to hire someone else.
  3. What provides a better understanding of the industry? – According to a New York Times article, the number of students who switch majors during their college career varies from university to university, but some – like Penn State – report up to 80 percent of freshmen are unsure about their major, and half will change their minds. Because Bachelor’s degrees typically take four years to finish, students have the opportunity to explore their interests and better focus their energies on a degree that is a good fit.

Because of this diversity, completing a bachelor’s degree allows them to enter the job market well-informed about what they’ll face in their chosen career. Taking a few online courses might not showcase everything about a specific career, and in the long run could cost more money if additional education is needed for a career change.

Any effort to invest in educating yourself is going to appear positive to potential employers, but in most cases completing an online degree is more advantageous to a career seeker than having taken only a few courses. Serious career planners should include completing a relevant degree in their plan to put themselves in the best possible position when it comes time to send out their resume.

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Virtual Academy asked to limit enrollment – Education Week

Published Online: July 25, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state has given the Union County school system until Friday to decide whether it will enroll an additional 626 students into an online school that has been heavily criticized for its low student scores.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1z8y5hR) reports that state Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman recommended in a recent letter to schools superintendent Jimmy Carter that the district consider limiting enrollment to students previously attending the Tennessee Virtual Academy.

Huffman said for the third consecutive year, students in the program have shown low achievement in testing.

"As we have discussed, a close examination of the data shows the school's challenges rest primarily with the school's ability to demonstrate effectiveness with first-year students," Huffman wrote.

"While the school has improved its performance with students attending the school for multiple years, it has not yet demonstrated the capability to have a positive educational impact on new students, which creates a mutual concern and I believe leads both of us to consider the best options for the district, the school and its students going forward."

In 2011, Union County Schools contracted with K12 Inc. to create the academy for students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade across the state. K12 Inc., a national provider of online school programs, provides the curriculum.

But since its inception, the school has had low performance on test scores. Its most recent scores haven't been released publicly.

In Carter's response to the state, he noted that as of July 10 — the last day enrollments were accepted — the academy had 1,602 students who had applied, been accepted and enrolled for the school year that begins Aug. 4. Of those students, 976 are returning students.

Noting rules of the state Board of Education, Carter said the district did not believe it was authorized "to 'de-enroll' any students who have applied, been accepted and are enrolled as of July 10, 2014."

However, Huffman responded in a subsequent letter that the district did have the authority to limit enrollment in the academy for students previously attending the school.

"The intent of the cited state board rule is to ensure that once students are enrolled and taking courses, a virtual school cannot remove the student from attendance for reasons that may not be in the best interest of the student," he wrote. "Furthermore, (law) allows the state to require (a schools system) to close a virtual school."

Huffman told Carter that the school district can seek a waiver, but it is "imperative" that the decision is made as soon as possible so the school system can communicate with the students and parents that could be affected.

The Union County school board was scheduled to vote on the matter Thursday night.

Meanwhile, an online petition has formed by individuals opposed to the commissioner's recommendation.

"This is about respecting the choice parents make for their children," said Holly Wooten, co-chair of a group promoting greater school choice across the state.


Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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Virtual Academy asks to limit enrollment – Education Week

Published Online: July 24, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state has given the Union County school system until Friday to decide whether it will enroll an additional 626 students into a heavily criticized for-profit online school.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1z8y5hR) reports that state Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman recommended in a letter to the schools superintendent that the district consider limiting enrollment to students previously attending the Tennessee Virtual Academy.

Huffman said for the third consecutive year kindergarten through eighth-grade students in the program have shown low achievement in testing.

Noting rules of the state Board of Education, school superintendent Jimmy Carter said he didn't know if the district had such authority concerning enrollment.

But Huffman said in a subsequent letter that it is authorized and offered the district an opportunity to seek a waiver.


Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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Catherine Davies appointed director of Institute of Modern Languages Research

July 22, 2014

Institute of Modern Languages ResearchThe Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR), one of the 10 institutes of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, has today formally announced the appointment of Professor Catherine Davies as its new director.

Currently Professor of Hispanic and Latin American studies at Nottingham University, Catherine Davies will succeed Professor Bill Marshall, who returns to the School of Languages, Cultures and Religions at the University of Stirling. She will assume the full-time directorship from 1 August 2014 on secondment from Nottingham. Dr Katia Pizzi will continue to serve as Acting Director until this date.

A champion of modern languages research, Professor Davies said ‘I am taking on this new post with a great sense of responsibility and dedication. The UK has some of the world’s top experts in the languages, cultures and histories of other parts of the globe. This fact is well known in those countries, but generally not in the UK. It is my task to showcase our world-leading, and often pioneering, research to maintain the UK’s status in this field, and to grow and support quality research in modern languages.

‘The IMLR has a unique role in the UK to promote and to develop research excellence in these cognate language disciplines. I aim to work with colleagues at IMLR to strengthen and disseminate the collective knowledge and expertise of this country’s modern languages researchers, for the benefit of academia, government and civil society internationally.’

Professor Davies gained her PhD at the University of Glasgow in 1984 and has since taught at the universities of St Andrews, Manchester and Queen Mary. Her research interests include gender and nationalism in Cuba and Spain, particularly the formation and transmission of liberal thought in 19th-century Spanish and Spanish American literature and cultural history.  She has written a number of books including on abolitionism in Cuba and co-wrote South American Independence: Gender, Politics, Text, the first book to address gender in the history of the Wars of Independence.

During her time at Nottingham, Professor Davies took the lead role on two AHRC-funded projects, Gendering Latin American Independence 1790-1830 and Women and Independence in Latin America (WILA). The WILA initiative has been instrumental in the development of an interactive, community-driven online resource for academics and non-academics to share ideas and information about women’s involvement in independence in Latin America and its relevance today.

Professor Roger Kain, CBE FBA, Dean and Chief Executive of the School and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, said: ‘We are delighted to have been able to appoint Professor Davies. We believe her experience, knowledge and expertise will be vital as we continue our ambitious plans to extend the Institute of Modern Languages’ national leadership role.’

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Wizard of Oz badminton shares secrets at University of Derby

Lasse Bundgaard at the University of Derby

Lasse Bundgaard at the University of Derby

With the Commonwealth Games about to get underway, the head coach of Australia’s badminton team spent time with sports coaches from across Derbyshire at the University of Derby on Friday (July 18).

Lasse Bundgaard and his assistant coach Ricky Yu presented alongside Andy Wood, Performance Manager of the Derbyshire Institute of Sport and former Team GB badminton head coach, to discuss the technicalities of the sport and to take questions at a sporting breakfast event.

The Australian national team arrived in Derby on Tuesday, July 15, for a training camp ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Lasse, 40, explained: “The day was about how things have changed in Australian badminton over the last five years and where we are now, as we go into the Commonwealth Games with a team that is desperately trying to compete with the top nations, and also about where we go from here to develop badminton in Australia to be a world-class sport.

“We are here in Derby for the second time after coming here ahead of the London Olympics in 2012. We have good relationships with the partners involved in Derbyshire, including Derbyshire County Council, South Derbyshire District Council, Derbyshire Sport and the University of Derby, which were all developed through our link with Andy Wood. Working with him is a great thing for us.”

The visit was particularly important for the University since it is gearing up for its first season in the new National Badminton League (NBL) with its Team Derby brand. Lasse was full of praise for the creation of the league, which will show games on Sky Sports.

He said: “It’s a great thing that a national badminton league has been established, which will include the best British players but also support the best British junior players as well. It’s a really good profile-raiser for the sport.”

On Saturday, Lasse’s Australian team were victorious in an exhibition match against the Team GB All Stars, in which they won 5-3 from eight games played. Olympic silver medallists Gail Emms MBE and Nathan Robertson, and Commonwealth Games silver and bronze medallist Jenny Wallwork were part of the British contingent. Lasse is confident of Australia’s chances at the Games.

He added: “I feel good ahead of the Commonwealth Games and we are targeting a medal in a few categories.

“The men and women’s doubles look good and very strong. We’re taking stock after the draw (being made today, Monday, July 21) and now go into the first game on Thursday (July 24). I look forward very much to getting it all started.”

Ollie Shearer, Sport Development Manager at the University of Derby, added: “The University was delighted to welcome back the Australian team. It’s an exciting time for the sport of badminton at the University given the recent announcement that we will be part of the UK’s first National Badminton League.

“The Australian team had access to all the services and facilities they need to prepare for the Commonwealth Games and enjoyed their stay at the University.”

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NMIT and Melbourne Polytechnic support Trade Support Loans Programme

NMITApprentices who are enrolled in eligible NMIT and Melbourne Polytechnic courses from 1 July 2014

will be able to apply for the Trade Support Loans Programme, which has been introduced to ease

financial pressure on apprentices. Most apprentices who were eligible for Tools for Your Trade

payments will now be eligible for Trade Support Loans.

Recognising that apprentices in selected industries are learning key skills for Australia’s future, the

federal government has introduced the Trade Support Loans (TSL) Programme for Certificate III or IV

qualifications that lead to an occupation on the National Skills Needs List, or a Certificate II, III or IV

qualification in agriculture or horticulture.

The TSL instalments are paid monthly in arrears over four years, and result in total payments of up to

$20,000. These payments will be indexed to the Consumer Price Index from 2017.

TSL can be paid regardless of the apprentice’s age, existing worker status or income (though income

level will impact when the loan must be repaid, as there is a compulsory repayment threshold).

In addition, apprentices who successfully complete their training will receive a 20% reduction of their

TSL debt.

At NMIT, eligible disciplines include Arboriculture, Bricklaying, Plumbing, Meat Processing,

Shopfitting, Electrical, Carpentry, Electrical Fitting, Hairdressing, Horticulture (Landscape),

Locksmithing, and Engineering – Fabrication.

For a full list of the eligible courses at NMIT and information about the loans, refer to the link


At Melbourne Polytechnic, apprentices in the Certificate III in Patisserie can access the TSL

Programme. Refer to the link melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/course-info/apprenticeships/trade-
support-loan-program-for-apprentices/ for more information about the loans.

Detailed information about the Trade Support Loans Programme is available at


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UWE Bristol award Honorary Degree to John Prior

July 18, 2014

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UWE Bristol will award the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education to John Prior in recognition of his contribution to youth enterprise.

The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education on Wednesday 23 July 2014 at Bristol Cathedral.

John Prior is a Bristol businessman and has held many senior positions in businesses across the South West including setting up the South Gloucestershire based company Alexandra Workwear.

John is particularly passionate about young enterprise in the region. He has been involved with the Prince’s Trust Business Programme for many years and is now Chair of The Trust’s Council in the South West, in addition to being a founder member of the South West Leadership Group.

In addition to all the work he does for The Prince’s Trust, John is also Chairman of the Bristol Drugs Project, a member of the board for the South West Housing Association and a Trustee of The Matthew of Bristol Trust. He is also still involved in the family beef farm at his home in Somerset.

He is married to Mary, also an Honorary Graduate of the University of the West of England, and they have two children and four grandchildren.

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Southampton researchers develop a Wikipedia of fact-checking during natural disasters

July 18, 2014

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Researchers from the University of Southampton have helped to develop a new web application for gathering evidence during natural disasters, which will enable more effective emergency response.

Accurate information can be life-saving in extreme situations, such as earthquakes and tsunamis. However, finding out the accuracy of that information from the vast amount of contradictory material that is posted on social media channels is becoming increasingly difficult. While such channels are useful for identifying and sharing content, they are not the right tools for verification, which requires searching for evidence rather than liking or retweeting.

Verily has been designed by researchers from the University of Southampton, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in the UAE and Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) to rapidly crowdsource the verification of information during disasters.

To test whether the platform would be effective, researchers designed the Verily Challenge to prove the feasibility of timely verification.

Various questions were posted to www.veri.ly/crisis/1 and users were invited to submit evidence justifying their answer. A user could not simply submit a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for an answer. Instead, they had to verify their position by providing evidence either in the form of an image or video or as text.

For example, a photo of a street was posted with the question: Is this street in Rome. The photo was taken from a personal archive and was actually in the Italian town of Caltagirone in Sicily. The question was answered correctly within four hours by a user who submitted another picture of the same street.

A variety of other techniques and platforms were used to collect evidence:

- Foto Forensics helped ascertain the location of a skyscraper.

- Google Earth confirmed a Greek lake photo.

- Personal memory or extreme searching skill helped determine the location of this window display.

- The location of a concrete robot with a heart was identified through a creative Google query.

The success of the challenge confirmed the feasibility of rapid evidence collection. The next step is to deploy Verily for evidence collection during a humanitarian disaster.

Victor Naroditskiy, a research fellow in Electronics and Computer Science at the University, who helped to create Verily, says: “The lack of verifiability of content posted on social media is the main reason preventing humanitarian and news organisations from making a wider use of it.

“The rationale for Verily is that the collective effort of people searching for the truth will be fruitful. Examples of the tremendous power of collective effort can be seen in projects like Wikipedia, and closer to home in experiments like the DARPA Red Balloon Challenge. In this 2009 challenge, 10 red weather balloons moored at secret locations throughout the US were discovered within nine hours through a mass mobilisation over social media channels.”

Verily was invented by Carlos Castillo (QCRI), Patrick Meier (QCRI), Victor Naroditskiy (Southampton) and Iyad Rahwan (Masdar). The technical development of the platform was by Masters students Luis Arenal Mijares, Alex Greenland and Dimitrios Papamiliosin from the Web Technology MSc programme at the University of Southampton led by Enrico Costanza and Victor Naroditskiy. Justine Mackinnon (QCRI) together with the Southampton team organised the public trial of the platform.

Victor and Enrico research crowdsourcing in the context of ORCHID, a multidisciplinary EPSRC-funded project developing the science and technologies for human-agent collectives, with disaster response as a key application area.

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UWE Bristol award Honorary Degree to Dr Mike Durkin

July 18, 2014

UWE Bristol_UNUWE Bristol will award the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science to Dr Mike Durkin in recognition of his contribution to health research and NHS leadership.

The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences on Monday 21 July 2014 at Bristol Cathedral.

Dr Mike Durkin, National Director of Patient Safety at NHS England, started his career after qualifying as a Medical Practitioner at The Middlesex Hospital, London in 1974. He held research and teaching appointments in London and Bristol, prior to a move to the USA to Yale University School of Medicine.

In 1990 he returned to the UK as a Clinical Director before accepting a post as the first Medical Director of Gloucestershire Royal NHS Trust from 1993 to 2002 also holding a consultant post in Anesthesia until 2013. In his role as Medical Director, Dr Durkin provided clinical advice and leadership to the NHS Trust Boards and supported the development of a clinical governance framework and principal of governance for the hospitals across the South West.

Dr Durkin is most proud of his leadership of one of the first big hospital systems, creating a significant vehicle for health care delivery in the West of England. This resulted from the amalgamation of Cheltenham and Cotswold’s hospitals; with Stroud, Gloucestershire in the east and the Forest of Dean to the west.

In 2002 the landscape of the NHS changed dramatically and Dr Durkin was appointed as Medical Director and Director of Clinical Quality for Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority. A further move in 2006 saw Dr Durkin appointed as Medical Director of the South of England Strategic Health Authority. He continues as the National Clinical Director for Venous Thrombo-Embolism and leads the National Prevention Programme in this area. A further Medical Director post was secured in 2011, for NHS South of England.

In early 2000 Dr Durkin was asked to lead on National Patient Safety for England. With the help of Sir Ian Carruthers, he was involved in persuading the chairs and chief executives of all 18 hospitals in the South West to come together to achieve a whole systems approach to reduce avoidable harm in hospitals. This was the first time such an approach had been attempted in England and is seen as one of the largest collaborative systems to still be working in the world.

In 2012 he was appointed to his current post as the first National Director of Patient Safety in England for the NHS. Dr Durkin aims to develop a national plan to improve the safety of every patient in every sector and every setting across the NHS in England.

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