New Era Cooked-Up for Australian - Malaysian Hospitality Industries

Updated: Feb 10


An Education Partnership


A new era for hospitality industries in Australia and the Malaysian island of Penang has been cooked up - with the signing of an education partnership agreement between The Hotel School and the Penang-based Golden Chef College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality.


The agreement, facilitated by an Australia and Asia-based corporate advisory and consulting firm ASEAN Focus Group, will create new international educational opportunities for students in Penang and across Malaysia with interests in culinary, hospitality and tourism sectors.


The Hotel School is a unique partnership between Southern Cross University and Malaysian-listed Mulpha Group, a major investor in the hotel industry with properties in Sydney, Brisbane, Hayman Island, London and Auckland.


Penang-based Golden Chef College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality
Penang-based Golden Chef College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality


Virtual Signing Ceremony


The agreement - made online in a virtual signing ceremony - aims to boost established Australia-Malaysia education partnerships to enhance the quality of employees and staff in the hospitality and tourism industries of Australia, Malaysia and beyond.


It’ll enable students who’ve completed the Diploma / Advanced Diploma in Principles of Hospitality Management and Diploma / Advanced Diploma in Culinary and Supervision at Golden Chef College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality to pursue The Hotel School’s Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management.


Marc Lee, General Manager of Mulpha International Bhd., said:

“We’re excited and committed to enabling current and future Golden Chef College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality students to achieve their educational and career goals.
“Besides the excellent programmes offered in partnership with Southern Cross University Australia, The Hotel School’s association with our Australian subsidiary, Mulpha Australia Limited, provides strategic access to coveted internship opportunities both at our own properties as well as with our external partners.”

Vincent Lee, Principal and Executive Director of Golden Chef College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality, added:

“This partnership aligns with our core objective of providing the best vocational education experience to our students, making their dreams of becoming successful entrepreneurs and leaders in the global culinary and hospitality industry become realities.”


Virtual signing ceremony of education partnership agreement between The Hotel School and the Penang-based Golden Chef College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality
Virtual signing ceremony of education partnership agreement

Top State


Penang is a top Malaysian destination for domestic and international travellers. According to Tourism Malaysia, it’s one of the country’s top five states in number of total hotel guests received between January – June 2019 and has hosted the second largest share of the nation’s international guests after Kuala Lumpur.


The tourism and hospitality sector is also one of the key economic drivers and services sectors for Penang’s UNESCO World Heritage site of Georgetown.


A word from Brilliant's CEO

Think out of the box

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed thinking to new levels. Now local students in Malaysia can still take advantage of Australia's education capabilities with partnerships like above. Signing ceremonies and media events can still occur virtually. Face-to-face interactions are always better but in this situation, we are not allowing the pandemic to limit what we can do!


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