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Cornell names Three 2008 Scholarship Winners to attend Professional Development Program

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The Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and the European Hotel Managers Association have selected three 2008 scholarship winners to attend the Cornell Professional Development Program (PDP) for hospitality managers in Brussels this July.

Award recipients for 2008 are Felix Dietrich, Hotel Waldhaus, Switzerland; Thomas Noll, Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg, Russia; and Thomas Swieca, Radisson SAS Media Harbour, Duesseldorf, Germany.

Winners of the three scholarships were chosen by the European Hotel Managers Association (EHMA) executive committee from the association's new member acceptances. The scholarships allow each winner to participate in one of Cornells PDP courses being offered in Brussels this July. The awards were offered as a way for Cornell to support a strong hotel industry organization as well as to support life-long learning for hotel professionals.

PDP programs are designed and developed to help hotel executives to stay on top of leading industry trends and to gain new in-depth learning of specific topics, said Cornells Tom Kline, director of Executive Education. By offering these scholarships we are not only supporting EHMA, but we are also supporting the growth of individuals who are leading this industry.

Cornell PDP will commence in Brussels, Belgium, for the seventh straight year. The internationally acclaimed program will once again provide an opportunity for over 150 hotel professionals to sharpen their knowledge of key industry-specific management practices in an interactive learning environment. Participants learn from Cornell faculty members who have vast experience predicting, formulating, and testing strategies for effective management. Past participants in the Cornell PDP program have found the learning to be immediately applicable and the return on investment to be fast and substantial. In addition to receiving in-depth knowledge on industry-specific topics, participants benefit from building friendships with an internationally diverse assembly of industry colleagues.

Barbara Valzania, secretary general of the European Hotel Managers Association in Rome, said, It is our aim to constantly improve the professional value and level of our meetings. Cornells sponsorship has provided an excellent way for us to do this.

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