Shannon College of Hotel Management wins prestigious European Mise en Place Cup 2019

The 11th edition of the European Mise en place Cup (EMCup) took place on Sunday, February 17th and Monday, February 18th in the gastronomic city of Maastricht. This edition revolved around the theme “Get Real… Education - Old School vs. New School”. The winner of the EMCup 2019 is Shannon College of Hotel Management from Ireland, followed by VIVES - University of Applied Sciences from Belgium and University College of Northern Denmark. These winners left 33 other schools behind. More than 175 students participated during two exciting competitions days in Maastricht.

EMCup 2019

36 reputable international Hotel Management Schools, from 15 different European countries participated in the 11th edition of the European Mise en Place Cup. They gathered in Maastricht to share their vision on the theme “Get Real… Education – Old School vs. New School”. This theme focuses on the current and future curriculum of the Hotel Management Schools. Hotel Management Schools play an essential role in the development of the industry, as they educate the industry leaders of the future. This made us wonder: what would hospitality management education look like if industry professionals and students would re-design the curriculum? The students were judged by the Business Jury, consisting of more than 80 hospitality professionals from more than 44 different companies.

Competition Days

The teams of students conducted several assignments prior to the competition. They had to set-up a social media campaign to increase brand awareness on the EMCup and its theme. In addition, the 36 teams wrote an academic paper which was graded by the Business Jury members.

Moreover, the teams pitched their academic paper during the competition days. Furthermore, they worked on a case which was pitched as well, while keeping the jury’s feedback in mind. All these elements were part of the ranking of the top 18. The top 18 battled in debates and the winners – top 9 – got the opportunity to elaborate on their case and presented their ideas to a large audience on stage at MECC Maastricht. The students showed how the hospitality industry can provide lifelong learning to retain employees within the industry.

The programme was moderated by trainers from Q-staff, who gave training on behavioural styles and a workshop on personal branding as well. Next to that, Keynote Speaker Ruud Veltenaar gave a presentation related to the theme.

Meet people and build a network is key

The participating students had another important mission besides the competition; building a professional network. A rotating networking dinner took place at Hotel Management School Maastricht on the first competition day to stimulate interaction amongst the participants, where all partners hosted a table. Furthermore, an interactive session took place where the students could ask for advice from professionals in an informal atmosphere. The competition ended with an award dinner in the Rebelle in Maastricht.

Winners 2019

  • First Place / winner: Shannon College of Hotel Management
  • Second Place: VIVES – University of Applied Sciences
  • Third Place: University College of Northern Denmark
  • Best Team Photo: Shannon College of Hotel Management
  • Best Introduction movie: Escola Universitària de Turisme I Direcció Hotelera (UAB)
  • Best Rumour around the brand: TIO University of Applied Sciences
  • Best Academic paper: The Norwegian School of Hotel Management
  • Best Pitch – Paper: Stenden Hotel Management School
  • Best Pitch – Case: Shannon College of Hotel Management
  • Best Debate: Shannon College of Hotel Management
  • Best Idea: Team 18 – Dominik Prochádzka, Hubertus Kempen, Jana Reig, Mirthe Kraus
  • Best Networker: Mehmet Yasin Kizik – Özyeğin University of Applied Sciences
  • Best Team Spirit:  Budapest Business School – University of Applied Sciences
  • Resume Application Award: Lotte Willems – Breda University of Applied Sciences