The Asian Institute of Hospitality Management (AIHM) has announced the launch of annual scholarships for Maldivian nationals in memory of Dr. Ibrahim Umar Maniku, one of the forefathers of Maldivian hospitality. The scholarships, a collaboration between Minor Hotels and Les Roches of Switzerland, are designed to honor Dr. Maniku's legacy and his contributions to the Maldives' hospitality industry.
Dr. Maniku was known as a visionary, an industry giant and an inspiration to many, including the team at Minor Hotels. He and the founder of Minor Hotels, William Heinecke, spent decades working together on many joint ventures in the Maldives, including Naladhu Private Island Maldives, Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort, Anantara Veli Maldives Resort, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas and Niyama Private Islands Maldives. Together, they helped establish the Maldives as one of the world's most luxurious destinations for hospitality and tourism.
The scholarships will award two AIHM scholarships each year to Maldivian nationals who aspire to a career in luxury hospitality. Upon graduation, scholars will enjoy preferred employment status at a Minor Hotels property in the Maldives. AIHM follows the globally recognized Les Roches curriculum for its three-and-a-half-year Bachelor of Business Administration in Global Hospitality Management. The education is student-centered, with a highly individualized approach to learning, and small classes led by lecturers drawn from within the hospitality industry after successful careers.
Scholarships will cover 100% of tuition for the full three-and-a-half years. To be eligible, candidates must be at least 17.5 years of age, have graduated with a secondary school certificate, and have proven English language proficiency.
Applications for the 2023 intakes are due 17 February 2023.