Bath College students links with Kaposvár Széchenyi College
A delegation from a top Hungarian catering college visited Bath this week to meet with staff and students from City of Bath College.
The group of 12 students and staff from the Széchenyi Istvan catering school in Kaposvár, one of Bath’s twinned cities, enjoyed an action packed week of events in which they were invited to meet the Mayor, attend the College’s Celebrating Success Awards ceremony and tour Bath and Bristol.
The group also enjoyed a Hungarian meal at the College’s Shrubbery Restaurant. The food was prepared by the visitors in the College’s kitchens, alongside City of Bath College catering students.
The link between the two Colleges was established in 1995 when staff from City of Bath College visited the Hungarian College to view its catering facilities and find out more about the Catering and Hospitality courses that were available in eastern Europe.
There have been several other exchange visits over the years, during which time Hungary entered the European Union and the facilities at Széchenyi Istvan College greatly improved.
Kean Maslen, Catering Lecturer, said: “When we first visited the Széchenyi Istvan College they had very limited resources, but they now have state-of-the-art facilities. They have a dedicated catering College that is attached to an eight-bedroom hotel. It’s a fantastic set up; there are full-time staff and the students get to work in the hotel and gain a real life vocational experience
The partnership between the two Colleges has been very successful. It allows both Colleges to share ideas and best practice so our students are always getting the very best learning experience and an appreciation of life in an eastern European country.”
At the November 2011 members meeting, the City of Bath College gave a wonderful presentation of the staff and student experience in Kaposvár.