Middlesex University has announced a new partnership with celebrity chef and businessman Huseyin Özer which will see the Sofra International owner provide mentoring, advice and work placements to MA students.
From January, up and coming entrepreneurs on the University’s masters course in Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship will complement their academic studies with a chance to rub shoulders with one of London’s most colourful businessmen.
Özer’s entrepreneurial instincts have taken him on a journey which began in a London kebab shop but now sees him owning restaurants in Mayfair, Covent Garden, Oxford Circus, Bond Street and St John’s Wood. And alongside food, his second passion is education and the partnership will now allow him to give something back by coaching the next generation of business stars.
The masters level course has been designed for people working in business or who want to start their own business, with a focus on spotting opportunities and thinking creatively. Course leader Hong Woo is excited about the insights students will gain by working with the charismatic restaurateur: “In a competitive jobs market graduates may need that little bit extra to succeed, and our students will learn from someone who has truly mastered skills like customer service and seizing business opportunities.”
“From humble beginnings Mr Özer established himself as a prominent London businessman and international food expert so he’s the ideal mentor for students who have similar drive and ambition to launch their own businesses.”
The course is the latest part of a collaboration that has also seen Middlesex team up with Sofra International to provide work based courses allowing chefs to gain practical skills alongside recognised university qualifications.
Huseyin Özer said: “This link with Middlesex will allow me to channel my passion for education and training to help students succeed as they enter the business world. After setting up many businesses from scratch, I'm well placed to pass on my experiences to a new generation of entrepreneurs and ensure they have the right skills. There are still great opportunities for people with drive and ideas and I hope to bring out some of this potential.”
The MA in Business, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship begins in January and is a one year full time or two year part time course. Students are taught by the University’s business experts in areas like business planning, developing networks and management skills.
Photo: Middlesex Deputy Vice Chancellor Margaret House (left) meets Huseyin Özer and his wife Kubra Ozer at Sofra Covent Garden.