March is an exciting time for all HSD schools. It is the month where all board members of the ten universities get together at one location to share our experiences in the hospitality industry and combine differences to learn from one another. This year was yet another successful meeting. It was held at Hotelschool The Hague (HTH) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands with all schools present.
On the first morning, the students who were already in Amsterdam explored the city. Once more students arrived, the relaxed atmosphere was traded for a more formal afternoon. Introductions were made as there were many new members replacing the former members who had already graduated. Despite the large number of new students, the goal of every individual was identical: to discuss current industry issues and how we could contribute positively towards finding a solution.
The education specialist of HTH was welcomed to give a brief overview of what HTH is currently doing to improve its education system. After this presentation, each student shared the practical aspects of their university courses but also their feelings towards it. From this conversation, certain topics were derived that would be discussed in-depth the next day.
After a long afternoon meeting, the students went to Instock, a restaurant near the center of Amsterdam. It is a restaurant that ‘rescues’ food. Their dishes are made up of ingredients that are too ugly to be sold in supermarkets and would typically be thrown away. The purpose of going to this restaurant was to show the students an ‘outside of the box’ idea that would hopefully inspire them to come up with creative ideas for the next day.
Day two in Amsterdam was very long with lots of brainstorming sessions, meetings and conversations about our next steps as a student board. The students felt like their ideas were being heard and were supported to take the next steps into implementing certain ideas. For example, an Instagram page will soon be launched with the purpose of getting others to be more aware of HSD and to get to know other schools who are part of HSD.
We can all agree it was an intense two days with a large international community but because we all had the same goal, we were able to create actual results. We can only hope that our next meeting in March 2018 will be just as successful as this one.
In the meantime, stay tuned for our Instagram page!
Rachel Welsch & Floor Hitzert
Hotelschool The Hague