Presentation by Miriam Algera (Netherlands) at the Study Visit Group No: 183 (CEDEFOP) , “Educational cooperation with professional institutions to promote language skills 2014″.
The limits of my language are the
limits of my world.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein
Saxion Hospitality Business School
The Netherlands, March – April 2014
The Hospitality Business School (HBS)
accommodates 2.300 students of 26
Each year, 900 students spend a
semester in the hospitality industry of
which 44% abroad.
Upon graduation 72% of our students
have international experience.
Hospitality is the crucial factor in
people’s well-being and plays an
increasingly prominent role in a rapidly
HBS provides students with topical and
innovative education and research
activities which are focused on issues of
HBS gives students a broad view of
hospitality and internationalisation.
HBS encourages students to come up
with innovative, flexible solutions that
are financially viable, but also socially
From the very first day students
learn about the industry and need to
translate theory into practice
Lecturers interweave day-to-day
reality into their teaching by visiting
Actions developed in coordination with other entities
industry experience / practical-level traineeship / management traineeship / HBS
expedition / thesis / field trips / business cases/ advisory oards: share your expertise /
events / research / seminars / workshops
Saxion connects students, alumni,
staff and business relations.
Demands from the field of
hospitality are taken very seriously.
profesional writing / internal and
external report writing /
presentations / customer- orientated
behaviour / customer-focused
proposals / job application /
Language policy developed
Beginning level tested
Quick scan implemented
From the very start students are
made aware of the importance of
language skills and are confronted
regularly with the industry’s
Discover Saxion’s partner universities,
business relations, current
students, alumni, staff and projects
across the globe. Share knowledge
Awareness Improvement of
Integrating new IT: MOOCs,
Our Saxion World: explore, share and
Saxion and the hospitality industry both find language skills essential
for the professional life.
There is a need to find challenging ways to integrate language
teaching into vocational education.
Students are offered ample chance to gain international experience
within the workfield.
New technology should be used to inspire students.
Quality of testing beginning and end level has proven difficult.