Adelaide-based International College of Hotel Management (ICHM) has been acquired by UP Education from Charles Darwin University (CDU).
Offering undergraduate and post graduate business, hotel and hospitality management degrees, ICHM is the only official Swiss Hotel Association (SHA) affiliate school in Australia.
The Vice-Chancellor of CDU, Professor Simon Maddocks, said he is pleased CDU could sell ICHM to a trusted partner like UP Education who operates as a university pathway provider for the university.
“ICHM is a high-quality education provider that has successfully extended its offering to include Master programs during CDU’s ownership. The acquisition by UP Education at this time of growth will assist ICHM as it continues to attract students in an increasingly competitive education environment.”
UP Education is a top-three Australasian university pathway provider and New Zealand’s largest provider of skills-based learning. University partnerships include Charles Darwin University, University of Tasmania and Swinburne University of Technology, University of Auckland, AUT University, and Victoria University Wellington.
UP Education Group CEO, Mark Rushworth, says he is pleased to bring a higher education provider of ICHM’s recognition and academic strength into the UP Education portfolio.
“Named the best hotel and hospitality school in Australia for the quality of its student experience, ICHM has a unique offering of degree programs and workplace learning. With 20 years’ experience delivering leading academic and employment outcomes across a wide range of skills-based learning environments, UP Education is well aligned to support ICHM as it continues to deliver hospitality excellence in the Australian market.”
ICHM CEO, Natalie Simmons says UP Education is well placed to support ICHM as it looks to grow domestic and international student enrolments.
“With extensive experience with international student recruitment, UP Education can support ICHM and its focus on continued student growth. UP Education has given the ICHM leadership team confidence in a shared vision for the future, and with their support we can continue to build on our mission to be at the forefront of hospitality education by equipping our students with the knowledge, skills and professionalism for their future careers.”
Under the new ownership which comes into effect in January 2020, ICHM will continue its day-to-day operation with its current management and staff.