The students of V. M. Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education (VMSIIHE) are gearing up to embark on a month-long culinary adventure to Portugal in the coming week. 10 outstanding students have been shortlisted by the institute to visit the country as part of a knowledge exchange programme.
The initiative stems from an MOU signed recently by the institute with Turismo de Portugal in the presence of the Hon’ble Prime Minister António Costa when he was in Goa on a state visit.
Professor Irfan Mirza, Director of V. M. Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education lead the efforts in forging a collaboration between the two nations. The knowledge exchange programme between the two countries will see a collaborative effort in the fields of research, training, teaching-learning methods and other aspects over the next 2 years. The exchange programme to the country is the first of many such initiatives.
Over the month long educational tour curated by Tourism de Portugal, the students accompanied by Martha Rebello, Academic Coordinator and Compliance Officer, VMSIIHE, will go through a wholesome academic experience which will include lectures, masterclasses by experts, wine appreciation sessions and visits to culinary institutes. The delegation from VMSIIHE will be hosted at the Escola do Turismo de Portugal located in the beautiful coastal town of Douro Lamego. The team from VMSIIHE will also showcase Indian cuisine and culture while on their visit to Portugal.
As part of the exchange programme, VMSIIHE will be hosting a similar delegation of students and faculty members from Portugal at their campus in Raia during the academic year.