School of Hospitality
Republic Polytechnic Singapore
Republic Polytechnic’s School of Hospitality (SOH) is proud to be the only hospitality school among the five polytechnics in Singapore. Launched in 2008, SOH aims to prepare graduates for the fast growing service-oriented hospitality industry and to nurture professionals who are confident, analytical and creative problem solvers that will be valuable assets to the organisation and community.
Working in close collaboration with key stakeholders and partners, the academic curriculum is designed and delivered with the industry in mind. In addition to an intensive industry-endorsed curriculum, a 24-week industry immersion programme, overseas learning opportunities, and various project attachments, students are immersed in experiential learning through attending talks by industry professionals and attaining hands-on experience at our on-campus live laboratories.
SOH has designed and built training facilities that simulate real-world hospitality workplaces and complement students’ learning beyond the classroom. These facilities include two training kitchens and restaurants – “Oliva” and “waters edge”, a demonstration kitchen, barista laboratory, spa laboratories, hotel lobby, front desk and three hotel training rooms in different styles. SOH will be expanding its training facilities with an additional hotel experiential lab, training kitchen and restaurant, wine lab, culinary demo lab customer contact centre learning lab, CRM lab, retail lab, event tech labs, exhibition gallery and event hall.
Programmes at SOH are led by a team of staff with an average of 14 years of global industry experience from the service and hospitality sector, bringing with them a wealth of specialised hospitality-related knowledge and experience, and a reality of the demands of the industry. This thoughtful selection of the teaching team ensures currency of knowledge and understanding of the rigorous requirements of the industry in the preparation of our students to be the future leaders in the industry. The School has also fostered strong links with the industry and many overseas education institutions.
As a testament to the quality of training provided by SOH, Republic Polytechnic has won the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) Best Education Experience (Tourism and Hospitality) Award 2012. The Award is an acknowledgement of the School’s delivery of a holistic experience to students based on both the strength of our products and services in the education for tourism industry.SOH is also accredited by CIBTAC (Confederation of International Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology). Students pursuing the Diploma in Wellness, Lifestyle and Spa Management will have an opportunity to be assessed by CIBTAC to be awarded a CIBTAC diploma, on top of the Republic Polytechnic diploma.
Research and Industry Programmes
SOH conducts applied research that provides practical solutions to the industry. This includes productivity and quality improvements research for hotels, training and development approach for Food and Beverage establishments, and customer satisfaction audits and surveys for clients in the hospitality sector. These projects keep staff abreast of the latest developments in the industry while providing our students with the opportunity to deep dive into the industry processes and sharpen their critical thinking skills.
Our staff also actively contributes to professional bodies and associations such as APac-CHRIE, Association of Rooms Division Executives, Food & Beverage Managers’ Association, Spa & Wellness Association of Singapore, and Contact Centre Association of Singapore, while our students participate in major events such as Formula One Singapore Grand Prix, Singapore International Water Week, and others as part of their curriculum.
About Republic Polytechnic
The first educational institution in Singapore to leverage Problem-Based Learning approach for all its diploma programmes, Republic Polytechnic has six schools and one centre offering 39 courses in Infocomm, Engineering, Applied Science, Technology for the Arts, Sports, Health & Leisure, Hospitality, Enterprise, and Communication.
Republic Polytechnic is committed to nurturing innovation and entrepreneurial learning in an environment that develops problem-solving process skills and life-long learning opportunities. Its holistic, industry-focused curriculum, covering enterprise development and cognitive processes, prepares students for an active and meaningful role in society.
The campus in Woodlands is designed with our students in mind. At the heart of the campus is an inviting life-style library. Around this nucleus are 11 learning pods unified by two elliptical decks which provide a cosy continuous space for students to carry out their own activities and bond with their peers. To promote holistic character development, there is an unparalleled cultural centre for students with an artistic flair and a passion for the performing arts. There is also a multi-purpose sports hall for all sports enthusiasts. Added to all these is a strong Service-Learning programme, which sees our students actively engaged in community service to the less privileged, both in Singapore and overseas.
The campus is wireless and paperless. Students work on academic problems, seek information, submit assignments, attend tests and carry out all necessary transactions electronically through the wireless IT infrastructure of the campus.
Republic Polytechnic strives for excellence by achieving various international and national accreditations, including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 22301, Singapore Quality Class, People Developer, Innovation Class, and Service Class.