Introduction of Professional Simulation Classrooms
Hospitality Management Department has the Food and Beverage Laboratory (remodeled in Dec. 2011 as Café 409), Teaching Kitchens (Chinese and Western Culinary), Baking Kitchen, Teaching Hotel/Taoyuan Campus (12 rooms), Scholars’ Dorm (11 rooms), Teaching Hotel/Jihe Complex (46 rooms). Each of these professional simulation classrooms is described in the following sections.
Food and Beverage Laboratory (Café 409)
Food and Beverage Laboratory (Café 409): Food and Beverage Service, Beverage Management, Seminar on Wines, Banquet Management, Café Shop Operation and Management are being taught in this laboratory. Since 2011, Food and Beverage Laboratory has been remodeled as Café 409 (a simulation classroom of a café). Additionally, POS system has been used for the operation and management of the café. Café 409 has become a main attraction for visitors as well as senior high school students. The statistics show that 41 groups visited Café 409 from 2012 to 2014 (Figure 1).
Figure 1: Visiting Frequencies for the Food and Beverage Laboratory (Café 409)
Teaching Kitchen: Culinary Principles, Culinary Practices, Hospitality Creativity and Product Development, Principles of Food, and Nutrition are being taught here. This kitchen facilitates students’ learning for the Level C technician certification in Chinese culinary skills. In addition, this classroom serves as a venue for life-long learning as arranged by the University Extension Division. The slogan of this classroom is “Everyone can get education; everywhere is a school”. This facility is devoted to become the center of societal training and community education in the system of adult education/life-long learning. Twelve package classes for baking have been conducted from academic year 2012-13 to 2014-15.
Baking Kitchen for Teaching
Baking Kitchen for Teaching: Baking Food, Principles of Cake Making, and Principles of Bread Making are being taught here. The classroom was designed with separate areas for operations and equipment to meet the standards of certification. In addition, dry materials and baking equipment are kept in a technologically controlled storage room. Technician training of oversea youth are conducted here. There were 121 campus visit groups received here from academic year 2012-13 to 2014-15 (Figure 2).
Figure 2: Visiting Groups to the Baking Kitchen for Teaching
Baking Kitchen for Teaching/KinMen Location
The baking kitchen is qualified as a test kitchen. Space planning for the baking kitchen is as follows:
- Cooking Station: The Cooking Station is designed for students to receive practical and hands-on training after cooking demonstrations. The station is equipped with marble kitchen counters, mixers, sinks and cooking appliances.
- Baking Area: The baking area houses baking appliances and equipment, including fermentation containers, ovens, noodle making machines and baking racks. This area is designed to give students a comprehensive hands-on experience.
- Food Preparation Area: This area is used for preparing, serving and storing food. Refrigerators and freezers are also provided.
Figure 4: Baking Kitchen/KinMen Location
Teaching Hotel/Taoyuan Campus
Teaching Hotel/Taoyuan Campus: In this facility, the courses of Hospitality Practices, Rooms-Division Management, Service for Hospitality, MICE, Café Shop Operations and Management, Seminar on Wines, Hotel Development and Planning and Hospitality Information Management are carried out. There are a total of 12 rooms, including 4 luxury king bed suites, 6 luxury double twin bed suites, and 2 special suites (Ming Chuan suite and Japanese-style suite). There were 172 guests from academic year 2012-13 to 2014-15 (Figure 3).
Figure 4: Guests at the Teaching Hotel/Taoyuan Campus
Scholar Dorm/Taoyuan Campus
Scholars’ Dorm/Taoyuan Campus: Located on the fourth floor of the international campus housing building, this facility has 11 rooms, including 2 family suites, 1 luxury double suite, and 8 individual elite suites. It provides campus accommodations to professors who generally live overseas (and hold the position of assistant professor or above, as well as a doctoral degree), visiting scholars, and special guests who are admitted by the university President. This facility is only used for education and training purposes, not for commercial purpose. The faculty who reside here must teach for more than one month or stay at MCU at least one year for the maximum accommodation privilege provided by Ming Chuan University.
Teaching Hotel/Jihe Complex