1970 – 1999: The History of Hotelschool The Hague (part 4)

17 March, 2017
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A lot of changes found place between 1970 and 1999. A foundation was laid for a modern management course, a new curriculum was introduced and the name officially changed from Hogere Hotelschool to Hotelschool The Hague.

In 1970, Mr Overwater, a French Lecturer, had new plans for managing the Hotelschool. Those plans were realised in that year. In 1971, Mr Rogge, Dr E. Th. Cassee, Mr van Eeghen, Mr Pieters and Mr Schuit became the new Hotelschool Governors. Mr A. Mostert started working on a new timetable; introducing semesters. This meant that students were now able to start the course every half year. In 1971, Mr W. Verschoor was chosen as the new Director of the Hotelschool.

After three years, in 1974, Dr E. Th. Cassee became the new President of the Hotelschool. Soon thoughts of change and improvement grew, and a foundation was laid for a modern Management Course. Dr E. Th. Cassee was the President of Hotelschool The Hague for 25 years.

In 1976, the Hotelschool changed to an ‘Internationally Operating Institute’. The core activities of the Hotelschool during this time were a Diploma Course in Hotel Management, a one-year Management Course, a Summer Course for foreign students and trainings for the (inter)national Hospitality Industry.

The retirement of Queen Juliana, who was succeeded by her daughter Beatrix marked the start of the ‘80s. The Hotelschool was experiencing many changes and developments. 1984, a new curriculum was introduced, which allowed the intake of 120 students per semester, instead of 72 students.

On top of that, ‘Training and Consultancy’ was founded, and as introduction, started with the first summer course. In 1986, the Hotelschool grew from 400 to 900 students and its name was changed from Hogere Hotelschool to Hotelschool Den Haag (The Hague). The Hotelschool also introduced the first edition of the ‘Outdoor Programme’, which students still participate in to this day. The programme was created to take students out of their comfort zone and to discover their leadership style whilst developing their leadership skills.

1989 was the year of the fall of the Berlin Wall and The Hotelschool introduced the English version of the Diploma Course European Hospitality.

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Hotelschool The Hague

Hotelschool The Hague was founded and funded in 1929 by the hospitality industry to create a central place where industry partners could gain and share new insight, skills and knowledge. Since its foundation, the Hotelschool has become an international school specialised in hospitality management offering a 4-year Bachelor's degree in Hotel and Hospitality Management. This degree course is also available as the accelerated International Fast Track programme. Our 13 month Master Hospitality Management programme is designed to deliver the next generation of hospitality innovators.

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