STUDENTS FROM PORTUGAL EMBARKED ON A CULINARY JOURNEY TO GOA
The initiative stems from a MOU signed by V. M. Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education (VMSIIHE) with Turismo de Portugal in the presence of the Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa while he was in Goa on a state visit last yearV. M. Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education (VMSIIHE), Goa’s leading hospitality institute played host to a team of international students from various hospitality schools operated and managed by Turismo de Portugal. The month long programme aims at promoting professional knowledge and cultural integration in the field of Hospitality and Tourism both in Portugal and India and is part of an agreement signed between the two nations. The institute earlier signed a significant Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Turismo de Portugal. The MOU was signed by Dattaraj V. Salgaocar, Chairman of VMSIIHE, and Mr. Luis Araújo, President of Turismo de Portugal, in the presence of the Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa while he was in Goa on a state visit last year. “We at VMSIIHE were absolutely delighted to forge an alliance with Turismo de Portugal last year. Portugal has a vibrant tourism culture. Together we can collaborate and enhance the quality of education we offer to our students We worked closely with the student delegation from Portugal and offered them a peek into the rich culinary and cultural heritage of India and Goa in particular,” said Professor Irfan Mirza, Director, V.M Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education. Professor Irfan Mirza, Director of V. M. Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education led the efforts in forging collaboration between the two nations. “Portugal has left a strong impression on Goa which is visible in the architecture, culture, cuisine and habits of the people. When the Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa was on a state visit to Goa last year, we signed this significant agreement which was a great moment for us. Our students visited Portugal and experienced the warmth and hospitality which offered to them during their stay. We were delighted to host the Portuguese student delegation at VMSIIHE. We hope the students carry back a wealth of knowledge and fond memories of Goa back with them,” said Dattaraj Salgaocar, Chairman, V. M. Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education. A detailed schedule was chalked out by the institute to offer the students the best of culinary experience combined with educational field trips to give them a taste of Goan culture, history and hospitality. The students attended sessions on Indian cuisine such as Kashmiri, Goan, Rajasthani, Maharashtrian, Punjabi, Goan Saraswat, Kerala, Parsi and Hydrabadi cuisine. Showmanship and a session on Irish Coffee making gave an opportunity to the students to exhibit their culinary skills. The knowledge exchange programme between the two countries include collaborative effort in the fields of research, trainings, teaching-learning methods and other aspects over the next two years. The exchange programme is one of many such initiatives.ts and faculty. Additionally the institute also organised a cultural program for the students that included local festivals like carnival and tours of Goa’s popular churches, temples, beaches and even rivers, before they returned back.
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