Master of International Hospitality Management student
Sustainability in restaurants should be a need, not a luxury, says Mihir Bhargava who came to AUT as an international student from India to study a Master of International Hospitality Management.
“My master’s degree research focused on sustainability in restaurants, which needs to be considered as a need and not a luxury. To operate a restaurant sustainably is expensive and challenging, however there’s an urgency to practise sustainability in all sectors.
“Restaurants practising sustainability often spend a huge amount marketing themselves. However, my research wanted to find out if people care about sustainability in restaurants or not. My study can provide data for future research in order to promote sustainability and increase awareness among people.”
Mihir’s master’s degree research was supervised by Dr Ben Nemeschansky from AUT’s School of Hospitality and Tourism.
Pursuing his dreams
The ecosystem of hotels – particularly restaurants and kitchens – has always intrigued him, Mihir says.
“To achieve my dream of opening my own restaurant one day, I pursued a bachelor’s in hospitality and hotel administration back in India. Because I wanted to extend my knowledge and experience internationally, I then decided to complete my master’s degree in hospitality management and gain experience in another country.”
Deciding to come to AUT for postgraduate study was an easy decision for him.
“New Zealand has a huge amount of tourism every year, which motivated me travel overseas and experience this for myself. I came to AUT because it’s ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world, and provides the best hospitality programme in New Zealand.”
The right university environment
He wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Master of International Hospitality Management, says Mihir who will graduate from AUT later this year and is working as a restaurant duty manager to gain more experience and prepare himself for opening his own restaurant in India.
“I would highly recommend this programme. I really liked the culture, the cafés and the postgraduate study rooms, which helped me during my dissertation as there were always other people studying. It created a nice environment to study. I also enjoyed participating in the AUT dance performance team alongside my studies.”
The academic staff were one of the highlights of his time at university.
“All of the professors went the extra mile to provide the best of their knowledge and share it with students. One of the classes I particularly enjoyed was Professor Peter Kim’s class where we read various research papers and performed article critiques. That was a great inspiration for me.”