Article By Harriet Sinclair
Swiss-hospitality management schools have been ranked among the world’s best by global five-star hoteliers in a survey conducted by custom research and analysis provider Taylor Nelson Sofres.
Hoteliers chose three Swiss schools among the top four hotel management schools worldwide — Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Glion Institute of Higher Education and Les Roches International School of Hotel Management. Also ranked among the top four was Cornell University (USA).
’Switzerland continues to lead the world in providing the highest-quality international hospitality management education’, said David Graves, CEO Laureate Hospitality Art and Design Education. ‘The results of this survey, like those of a similar survey in 2007, affirm that hiring managers at the very best hotels consider Swiss hospitality education to be the best in the world.’
‘The goal of top international hospitality management schools is to prepare managers to compete successfully in a rapidly changing world’, said Arie van der Spek, senior vice president of Laureate Hospitality Education worldwide. ‘This survey confirms that the hospitality industry understands and appreciates the unique nature of the Swiss education model, which combines practical instruction with serious academic studies.’
‘Our graduates deliver an outstanding level of performance after graduation and throughout their careers, as evidenced by the many Glion and Les Roches graduates occupying positions at the top of the world of hospitality ’, continued Van der Spek. ‘Because we work closely with leaders in hospitality we understand their expectations for excellence and quality. In this way, we can prepare our graduates for a successful future in hospitality management, the world’s fastest growing industry.’
The survey was conducted in September and October 2010, and included invitations to more than 50,000 hoteliers in 70 countries.