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Laurea Senior Lecturer Henry Lybäck receives the Teacher of the Year award at the restaurant industry’s esteemed PRO2019 Gala

The winners of the most valued awards in the restaurant industry were announced in a grand ceremony at the annual PRO Gala in Finlandia Hall on 31 January 2019.

Henry Lybäck receives the Teacher of the Year award.

Henry Lybäck, Senior Lecturer in Laurea’s Bachelor of Hospitality Management programme, won the Teacher of the Year award in the restaurant industry’s recognised PRO2019 contest.

“I truly value this award, which I consider to be a recognition shared with the Laurea University of Applied Sciences, my students, colleagues and partners, with whom I am happy to work every day,” Henry says.

The PRO award winners were selected by a jury of HoReCa experts from a variety of fields. According to the jury, a teacher who receives the PRO award is a wise and fair role model who can make even difficult topics interesting. The teacher possesses solid experience and insight, is skilled in integrating stories in teaching and in highlighting the skills that help students find employment. A PRO-winning teacher also motivates their students to face future challenges with confidence.

According to Henry, the best part of being a teacher is seeing how students learn, develop continually and grow professionally during the Bachelor of Hospitality Management programme.

“I want to motivate students to find their own paths as professionals in the tourism and service business,” Henry says.

PRO-gaalan illallista valmistamassa olivat Laurean restonomiopiskelijat Tiina ja Anastasia

Hospitality management students of Laurea, Tiina and Anastasia prepared the dinner for the PRO Gala.

According to Henry, an important aspect of his profession is to help hospitality management students make contacts with workplaces and participate in cooperation projects, right from the beginning of their studies all the way until graduation.

“These contacts will help the students discover their main areas of interest in the service industry and, potentially, find their future jobs,” Henry says.

“My professional goal is to continuously develop my own competence and perform my daily work from the heart, with a smile and a positive future outlook,” Henry concludes.

The purpose of the PRO awards and gala is to recognise skilled individuals in the HoReCa industry. It also celebrates the top-notch competence in the industry and increases the appreciation of the industry as a whole.