NewsJune 12, 2023

Asian Institute of Hospitality Management to Offer Scholarships for Maldivians

The Asian Institute of Hospitality Management (AIHM), a collaboration between Minor Hotels and Les Roches of Switzerland, is offered annual scholarships for Maldivian nationals in memory of Dr Ibrahim Umar Maniku, one of the forefathers of Maldivian hospitality.

Dr Maniku was a visionary, an industry giant, and an inspiration to many – including the team at Minor Hotels, who embarked on many joint ventures with him 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. As pioneers in hospitality, Dr Maniku and the founder of Minor Hotels, William Heinecke, spent decades working together to establish the Maldives as one of the world’s most luxurious destinations. 


In memory of their partnership and friendship, two AIHM scholarships will be awarded yearly to Maldivian nationals who aspire to a career in luxury hospitality. Upon graduation, Dr Maniku Scholars will graduate with a well-rounded skill set and preferred employment status at Minor Hotels’ luxury resorts in the Maldives, including the award-winning Niyama Private Islands, Anantara and Avani+. Two scholarships for Maldivian nationals to study at AIHM in Bangkok are available thanks to a generous donation by Niyama Private Islands.

AIHM follows the globally recognised Les Roches curriculum for its three-and-a-half-year Bachelor of Business Administration in Global Hospitality Management. Education is student-centred, with a highly individualised approach to learning, and small classes led by lecturers drawn from within the hospitality industry after successful careers. Students gain hands-on experience in luxury hotels on-site, as well as during internships at leading hospitality and tourism companies around the world. In addition, students enjoy a high level of support from faculty in a multicultural, inclusive community, and the chance to live in one of the world’s top tourism destinations and a regional hospitality hub. 

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 15 July 2023. 

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