Stenden Hotel Management School will say goodbye to Placement Coach Sandy Loup who will be leaving Stenden Thailand at the end of January, as she will be returning to the Netherlands where she will be joining the department of Internationalisation within NHL Stenden. All her tasks and responsibilities regarding placement and alumni activities for China and Vietnam will be officially embedded within the operations of our Stenden Thailand campus. As such, Joshua Mason will take over her role as placement coach as per 1st of January 2018. Joshua has been involved with Stenden Thailand since 2014, where he is currently lecturer and the module coordinator for their ‘Spa and Health Business Concepts’ minor.
Sandy: “After 7 years, time has come to (almost) say goodbye as Stenden HMS placement coach China & Vietnam. Looking back I can only say that I am so grateful to have met all of you, to have been able to support so many students (of which many are meanwhile proud Stenden alumni) and to have learned so much from the many industry representatives that I have met over the years. It really was such an inspiring and rewarding task!”
Early May 2010, Sandy took over the role as placement coach China and has successfully grown the IHM placement region by adding cities like Shanghai, Hong Kong, Chengdu and Guangzhou and even added an entire new country, Vietnam, where currently 5 students are conducting their placements. Starting with 6 students in the region at that time to meanwhile 25 students who are spending their final year of their Hospitality Management Studies in this exciting region. For the past 7 years Sandy has guided nearly 100 IHM students during their 10-month placement in China, Hong Kong and later also in Vietnam, towards a successful graduation. In addition, Sandy has established a broad network with the local industry and has re-connected to many Stenden alumni in this region. The past few years has seen increased efforts to organize alumni activities in China and Vietnam whereby it is the aim to (re-)connect, strengthen relations with the industry and have our trainees as well as recent graduated newbies meet up with our experienced alumni, contributing to an improved Stenden alumni network. Sandy: “I will miss the guiding of IHM students and the regular contacts with the local industry in this dynamic region. Looking back, I can truly say that I have learnt so much and it makes me feel incredibly proud to realise that Stenden Hotel Management School has so many proud alumni out there in the industry. Whenever I would visit the placement companies I would always receive the positive feedback about our students, namely: fast-learning, down-to-earth and hardworking students with a true passion to deliver the best service possible. Although I will no longer be actively involved with the placements I feel privileged to have made so many new friends in China and Vietnam and looking forward to stay in touch with all of you”.