Le Cordon Bleu Might Start Culinary Program In Taiwan Soon

Le Cordon Bleu Might Start Culinary Program In Taiwan Soon
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What you need to know

In 2011, National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism has reached a cooperative agreement with Le Cordon Bleu, one of the most famous culinary and hospitality schools in the world. Facilities were built five years later, but laws forbade the programs to open. The Taiwanese government is working together to make the school legal, promising to finish the administrational process within a week.

Translated and compiled by Shin-wei Chang

Founded in Paris in 1895, Le Cordon Bleu is one of the most important institutes featuring culinary and hospitality education, running 50 branch campuses in 20 countries. In order to promote culinary education and increase the quality of culinary management, it also plans to establish branches in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao.

For now, Le Cordon Bleu has set up branch campuses in Shanghai, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Mexico and so on. Although the cooperative agreement was reached later than Taiwan, the Shanghai campus opened in April 2014.

In 2011, National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism (NKUHT) reached a cooperative agreement with Le Cordon Bleu. Both parties agreed to spend NT$5 million (approximately US$150,000) to build a campus together. While NKUHT is responsible for building the facilities, Le Cordon Bleu will send its staff to teach in Taiwan.

However, after the university completed building the facilities in June last year, teachers from Le Cordon Bleu were not able to teach in Taiwan, even until now. According to the “Employment Service Act,” foreigners can only teach foreign languages in Taiwan. In addition, foreign investment enterprises are forbidden to operate businesses related to culture and education. As a result, the campus has not been able to start its recruitment.

This is also the first time Le Cordon Bleu has been unable to start operating an overseas campus because of local laws.

Patrick Su, special assistant at the Department of Hotel Management in NKUHT, was responsible for the cooperative agreement in Taiwan. In face of this difficulty, Su says, “I pray every day, hoping the government can allow the teachers to teach.”

News and Market reports, NKUHT and Le Cordon Bleu planned to open two programs, including Western-style cuisine and bakery programs, and the total length of course is approximately 15 months. Because the course will be fully conducted in English, the applicants not only have to be at least 18 years old, but also have to reach certain level of English proficiency with a TOEIC or TOEFL certificate.

Su says that a lot of people called him and asked about the date open for accepting applications. “After all, applicants can save money for plane tickets and daily necessities if they study in Taiwan,” he says.

On February 23, Chen Hsiung-wen, the minister of Ministry of Labor, said the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labor have been coordinating together since this January, and the administrational process for allowing the chefs to teach in Taiwan is to be completed within a week. However, Chen also admitted that there are difficulties for foreign white-collar workers to work in Taiwan because the Taiwanese tend to resist foreigners competing for their jobs.

Edited by Olivia Yang

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