3rd International Barista Championship for College Students

Fostering professional Barista Skills at

the 3rd International Barista Championship for College Students

–        Top 9 student competitors from China, Singapore and UK pit their Barista skills against one another to deliver the perfect ‘Cuppa’ –


  – The Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) was proud to host the 3rd International Barista Championship for College Students. The final nine top student competitors from MDIS, Zhejiang Technical Institute of Economics in China, and City of Glasgow College in UK, competed in Singapore for a chance to take home the Championship and ‘Signature Drink’ Award.

Organised by the MDIS School of Tourism and Hospitality and Zhejiang Technical Institute of Economics, the competition promotes the art and skills of Baristas, and was conceptualised to meet both institutes’ aim of developing and enhancing practical industry skills for its students.  The top nine student competitors had their skills tested across three categories – Espresso, Cappuccino and Signature Drink. They were evaluated on the quality of their beverages, technical skills, craftsmanship, presentation skills and service skills.

MDIS emerged victorious in the ‘Signature Drink’ category and placed third overall in the competition. The MDIS team of Teoklit Premto from Albania, and Ryu Ji Hye from Korea, won with their cool and stylish creation ‘Lady Marmalade’. In customising their signature drink, the team made the most innovative use of ingredients and catered to broad consumer taste. Their delectable blend of homemade Korean orange marmalade; vanilla ice-cream; coconut juice; and a shot of expresso, was topped with homemade mint cream and a garnish of chocolate powder and orange peel.

Korean student, Park Minjin, from the MDIS Advanced Diploma in Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management programme, came up against very strong competitors from Zhejiang Technical Institute of Economics - Zhang Junqiong and Yang Chenheng placed first and second respectively in the competition. Minjin clinched the third place win by impressing the judges with her display of expert knowledge in coffee and its world culture, as well as her final presentation and taste of her espresso and cappuccino brews.

“The opportunity for practical applications was what attracted me to the MDIS tourism and hospitality course. This is the first competition I have ever participated as a student and it has been an eye-opener for me. I have not only gained in-depth knowledge but really useful skills which I can apply in my work in the future,” shared Minjin.

“At MDIS, we continually seek ways to engage our students in practical learning opportunities and this presented an excellent platform for our Tourism and Hospitality students to gain skills that are practical and relevant for the future. Such learning opportunities will help them develop and master ever-changing skills to maximize their future readiness,” shared Dr R Theyvendran, MDIS Secretary-General.

Over the past decade of collaboration with Zhejiang Technical Institute of Economics, more than 10,000 students have participated in our co-operating programmes. These have included academic and training programmes, academic research as well as student and teacher exchanges to share and exchange ideas, knowledge and innovation.  


About MDIS

Founded in 1956, the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) is Singapore’s oldest not-for-profit professional institute for lifelong learning. MDIS has two main subsidiaries - Management Development Institute of Singapore Pte Ltd to oversee its Singapore academic operations, and MDIS International Pte Ltd to further its globalisation strategy.


MDIS offers internationally accredited courses from globally recognised universities in France, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The institute has been EduTrust certified since 2010 and is one of the first Private Education Institutions to be registered under the Enhanced Registration Framework.


MDIS is one of the leading private education institutes (PEIs) to be ranked Top 2 among PEIs in Singapore, according to the Webometrics ranking of World Universities by Cybermetrics Lab in January 2017 ( In 2015, MDIS received the Enterprise 50 Award for its contributions and resilience in spurring Singapore’s economy.


MDIS set up the Management Development and Consultancy in 1995 to address the training needs of the workforce. The Service Quality Centre was acquired in 2014 to diversify the institute’s offerings in training solutions and secure its position as a premium regional provider of training solutions.


MDIS has three international campuses - Tashkent in Uzbekistan (2008), Johor in Malaysia (2013) and Chennai in India (2015). MDIS also has representative offices in China, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, as well as agents throughout Southeast Asia.


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