Embrace creativity & innovation in a new world of avant garde cuisine!

The gastronomic experience is no longer just about cooking skills. Students today who aspire to become professionals in the industry, need to understand nutrition, culinary artistry and menu planning amongst other things.

Our culinary arts degree program prepares students to address all aspects of the kitchen and meet the challenges of an increasingly sophisticated and demanding culinary industry. In addition to subjects such as Culinary Essentials, Garde Manger and Basic Patisserie, students will also undertake subjects such as Corporate Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality Marketing and more.

All courses are taught by professional chefs who have a strong presence in the culinary and hospitality sector and are masters of the industry.

The course is designed to equip the students with a complete knowledge and skills ranging from basic culinary science to professional restaurant management and operations. 

Our culinary arts degree program allows students may choose from three different specialisations:

Culinary Operations

Exposes students to culinary traditions and methods, from Asian delights to the arts of Charcuterie, through in-depth knowledge of both management and practical aspects.

Baking and Pastry

Develops students’ skills in various baking and pastry techniques while furnishing them with useful managerial skills so they may excel in the industry.

Semester Abroad at ALMA La Scuola Internazionale, Italy

Students’ undertaking either specialisations can now further enhance their culinary education with the semester abroad option at ALMA La Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana, Italy (separate charges apply).


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Program information


As the pioneer in hospitality education since 1893, the Swiss reputation for hospitality excellence is respected and trusted globally. Our partner IMI International Management Institute located in Lucerne, Switzerland is ranked 15th in the QS World University Ranking for Hospitality. In this program, students also have the option of obtaining an extra parchment from IMI International Management Institute, Switzerland.

UOW Malaysia KDU



Lecturers and chefs are experts from the hotel, tourism and culinary fields. Students are taught by highly qualified industrial experts. Our dedicated academic staff are passionate in grooming the next generation of chefs and hoteliers.


AVANT GARDE FACILITIES – Kitchens, Restaurants, Culinary Theatres, Wine Lab and Equatorial Hospitality Training Suite

The school furnishes students with over RM 12 Million worth of learning facilities spanning 65,000 square feet in equivalence to professional commercial kitchens, laboratories and F&B outlets in the industry. This ensures that students are familiar with industry standards equipped with practical knowledge and skills to remain competitive and globally marketable in the future.



UOW Malaysia provides its hospitality, tourism and culinary arts’ students with an international experience, allowing them to achieve a global outlook be it during or after their studies. They develop an acute appreciation of the added value of graduating with relevant international study and work experience, and how this benefits their personal development and future careers in hospitality and tourism management as well as in culinary arts.

During their studies, students can participate in these international study opportunities:


IMI (Switzerland) International Residential Study Trip

  • An optional 10-day study trip to IMI, Switzerland.
  • The study trip includes field visits, classes and assignments.


Italian Cuisine – Semester Abroad at ALMA La Scuola Internazionale, Italy

  • The first and only Malaysian higher education institution to offer an Italian Cuisine specialisation.
  • The semester abroad covers 4 months of classes in ALMA, the world’s leading Italian culinary education centre, and 4 months of stage (internship) in renowned and Michelin-starred restaurants, such as Piccolo Lago in Piemonte and La Pineta in Tuscany.
  • Includes field trips to experience the heritage, culture and cuisine of Italy. ALMA is situated 20 minutes away from Parma, a UNESCO-recognised City of Gastronomy famous for Prosciutto di Parma (Parma ham), Parmigiano Reggiano (parmesan cheese) and balsamic vinegar.



Partnership with HOSCO

  • UOW Malaysia sends its hospitality, tourism and culinary arts’ students on internships in global placements through HOSCO, which is based in Geneva, Switzerland, where top hospitality organisations, schools and students from all over the world convene and interact.
  • Students gain access to leading hospitality organisations and their available positions on a global market basis, enabling them to better select their internships and first permanent positions and to access valuable social tools and applications.


Partnership with HILTON WORLDWIDE

  • The partnership with HILTON WORLDWIDE, the Hilton Class program, aims to develop talents for the country’s rapidly growing hospitality industry. The program offers UOW Malaysia students rigorous on-the-job training and a theoretical curriculum designed to equip them for successful careers in hospitality.


J1 Exchange Visitor Visa Program

  • Through this program, students get the opportunity to go through on-the-job experience in the United States for up to 12 months.


Collaboration With Accorhotels

  • Providing internship & career opportunities to students & graduates of SHTCA.
  • Including graduate employment program – New Generation Leaders program (Management Trainee program) for graduates.



Internships offer the potential for valuable learning opportunities outside the standard classroom setting. It is to put to practice what students were taught in the school and to develop their skills within all the different departments in the Hospitality Industry. Internships serves as a bridge between traditional academic settings and the professional world to which the students aspires to get into. It is the beginning of a lifelong journey for students and from thereon begin their careers in the Hospitality Industry. Internships strengthens the students resume for future career advancements.



Our programs are highly regarded, and our students and lecturers have gone on to participate and win in industry-recognised competitions. These include:

  • Battle of the Chefs Penang, Malaysia
  • Career@Hiltonlive Hospitality Talent Cup, Malaysia
  • International MIHAS Apprentice Chefs’ Competition, Malaysia
  • Food and Hotel Malaysia Culinary Challenge (FHM), Malaysia
  • Food and Hotel Asia Culinary Challenge (FHA), Singapore
  • Hans Bueschkens Challenge, Chile
  • Hong Kong International Culinary Classic (HOFEX), Hong Kong
  • International Emirates Salon Culinaire, Dubai
  • The Big Cooking Contest, Austria
  • I-Chef – Worlds Largest Chefs Gathering
  • FHI, Food Hotel Indonesia
  • Barista Malaysian Challenge
  • FHM, Food Hotel Malaysia
  • Golden Jubilee of HRH The Sultan of Brunei
  • World Chefs Without Borders
  • Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg
  • World Chef Culinary Classic Competition Under American Culinary Federation
  • International Culinary Challenge, Maldives
3 years
Program Location
University of Wollongong Malaysia, Utropolis Glenmarie


  • Writing and Referencing
  • Professional Development Planning
  • Culinary Essentials: Butchery
  • Culinary Essentias: Larder Preparation
  • Oral Communication
  • Food Hygiene and Safety
  • Food Nutrition & Health
  • Culinary Essentials: Gardemanger
  • Basic Patisserie



  • Culinary French
  • Menu Planning
  • Food and Beverage Management
  • F&B Catering
  • Hospitality Marketing & Sales Techniques
  • Hospitality Financial Management
  • Culinary Artistry and Design
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Food Costing, Purchasing &
  • Specialisation (1 subject)



  • Research Methodology
  • Specialisation (4 subjects)
  • Gastronomy Studies
  • Final Year Project
  • Industrial Placement

Culinary Operations

  • Malaysian Cuisine
  • Charcuterie
  • Commodity Cooking
  • Molecular Cuisine
  • Asian Cuisine


Baking & Pastry

  • Science of Baking
  • Advance Baking & Pastry Techniques
  • Artisanal & Decorative Breads
  • Chocolate & Confections
  • International Pastry Arts & Crafts


Semester Abroad at ALMA La Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana, Italy

  • Italian Cuisine
  • History of Italian Cuisine
  • Italian Pastry & Bakery
  • Italian Wines
  • Italian Language
  • Nutrition & HACCP
  • Guest Chef Demonstrations
  • Field Trips
  • Internship in Italy
  • Penghayatan Etika dan Peradaban (Malaysian Students)
  • Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 2 (International Students)
  • Falsafah dan Isu Semasa
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Integrity and Anti-Corruption
  • Global Social Responsibility
  • Bahasa Kebangsaan A*

Bahasa Kebangsaan A is compulsory for all Malaysian students

  • without a credit in SPM Bahasa Malaysia.
  • without SPM Bahasa Malaysia (applicable to students from UEC, O Level, or other equivalent programs)

Intake dates


12 January 4 March 17 May 1 July 6 September 14 October
Estimated fees
Local students


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International students


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*The ALMA fees for the 4 months of classes (accommodation included) and the 4 months of stage (internship) amounts to an ESTIMATED € 15,000. Students MUST pay this amount directly to ALMA 1 month before transferring to Italy. Please take note that this amount is NOT inclusive of visa application locally, insurance coverage & return flights to and from Milan.

*Subject to change by ALMA.
*Terms and Conditions Apply
*Instalment Payment Plan Available


Academic Qualification

STPM / GCE A Levels:
2 Principal Passes


Min. 5 Credits


Pass with min. CGPA 2.00


Foundation Studies:
Pass with min. CGPA 2.00

English Requirement

Local Student:
Band 3.5 in MUET


International Student:
Band 5.0 in IELTS; or a min score of 40 (IBT) or 7.5 (Essentials-Online) in TOEFL; or Cambridge English (154); or PTE Academic (47)


If English language requirements are not fulfilled, additional English module(s) may be taken at UOW Malaysia.