On August 24, 2019, a meeting between Rector Mr Zafer Bikkenoglu and Mr Khem R. Lakai, founder of the Global Academy of Tourism and Hospitality Education of Nepal (GATE), took place at the Academy of Tourism in Antalya.

The Global Academy of Tourism and Hospitality (GATE) is one of Nepal’s leading hospitality colleges. Located in Mandikhatar, Kathmandu, it is the first college in Asia to provide a Swiss degree.

GATE’s academic program is articulated and accredited by the HotellerieSuisse, (SHA), based on a Swiss study model and Swiss applied education concepts. The educational standards are crafted by University of Zurich which corresponds to European Qualification Framework (EQF): Level 6.

During the meeting, various issues of cooperation were considered, including a double diploma program, internships for students of the Academy of Tourism in Antalya in Europe and Australia, since with these countries the GATE Academy has close ties and long-term cooperation.

Mr Khem R. Lakai invited Mr Zafer Bikkenoglu to the 58th EUHOFA Congress, which will be held in Nepal in November 2019. GATE Academy will host the congress. EUHOFA International is a non-profit association of directors of hotel schools, as well as deans of hospitality colleges and universities, which organize such events with the aim of exchanging experiences and improving the quality of education in the field of tourism and hospitality.