The Caterer

David Cochrane of HIT Scotland wins honorary degree

20 December 2010 by
David Cochrane of HIT Scotland wins honorary degree

David Cochrane, chief executive of the Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland](, has been awarded an honorary degree from one of the top five hospitality schools in the world.

Cochrane was unexpectedly presented with an honorary degree in International Hospitality Management from the [Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland](

The accolade came just after he had been addressing the students during a graduation ceremony.

His award was given in recognition for his work with HIT Scotland, a charity that awards scholarships and works with higher education providers to raise aspirations and standards in the Scottish hospitality industry.

Cochrane said: "I was pleased just to be invited to meet the graduates of Glion. It is important to Scottish hospitality to see what the rest of the world is doing and learn from the best. I was just expecting a small thank you at the end of the ceremony and the honorary degree was a real surprise. I am very grateful and humbled by the award.

In January Cochrance and 19 other professionals will attempt to hold Mount Kilimanjaro's first Burns supper to raise money for HIT Scotland.

Andrew Fairlie plans Burns Night supper on Mount Kilimanjaro >>

HIT Scotland opens £100,000 scholarship scheme >>

HIT Scotland starts search for lifetime achievement award >>

By Neil Gerrard

E-mail your comments to Neil Gerrard here.

If you have something to say on this story or anything else join the debate at Table Talk - Caterer's new networking forum. Go to jobs

Looking for a new job? Find your next job here with jobs

[Blogs on]( Catch up with more news and gossip on all Caterer's blogs
[Newsletters For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our e-mail newsletters.
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!