It was the year we held our first BIG Week, it was the first culinary masterclass from Asia's most famous chef to be seen in our ICI kitchens and it was the first time that we welcomed students from over 50 different nationalities on our campus. The year started with the launch of our Room Refurbishment project in which we modernised every student bedroom on our Kastanienbaum campus with new, fresh colour schemes and modern, practical fittings. We were pleased to be able to complete the project in good time for our Augu st intake and are happy to report that students are now enjoying their refreshed and comfortable living spaces. "They're wonderful," said UAE student Santosh Sriram. "Very comfortable and well-designed with all the amenities a student needs." 2015 was also the year in wh ich our students (past and present) shone in their chosen fields.
First, we celebrated as Japanese student Emi Fukahori was crowned Switzerland’s Barista of the year. We were then delighted to see recent graduate Grace Sakamoto named as a “Young Talents” winner at the World Tourism Forum held in Luzer n.
Later in the year, alumni Anna Choi was crowned Miss International Macau to cap a fine year of achievement.
This was also the year in which we introduced our BIG Weeks to replace the old induction week formats. The idea behind the BIG Weeks was to introduce more activities and interactive sessions to the first week to ensure our new students felt comfortable a nd at home at IMI in the quickest time possible. The two BIG Weeks we have held so far have proved great successes with events and activities including alpenhorn players, a charity casino, a karaoke night and live music on campus and we are well into the planning stages for February's 2016A BIG Week which will have a special 'Fasnacht' (Carnival) theme.
BA student Tanvir Khan is a fan of the new BIG Weeks. He said: "They are much more socially orientated and definitely helped new students feel at home from day one."
In October, we were very excited to welcome an international celebrity on campus as Malaysia’s leading chef performed a masterclass in our kitchens. Chef Wan visited us as part of a TV show he was filming in Switzerland and spent a very entertainin g couple of hours with our culinary students giving them the benefit of his vast experience. It was great to see the excitement on our students' faces at meeting the star in person and being part of such a unique class.
The above is just a small snapshot of events at the school in 2015 as every week we welcome new visitors, host different activities and organise trips and excursions for our students - it's never boring and no two weeks are the same!
We look forward to more of the same in 2016 - the year in which we are proud to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We hope you will continue to follow events at IMI via our newsletters, website and social media channels. We wish all students, alumni, staff and friends of the school the very best for a happy and prosperous 2016!
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