Swiss Hospitality Management Schools Ranked Among World’s Best by Global 5-star Hoteliers

Les Roches International School of Hotel Management and Glion Institute of Higher Education ranked among world’s leading hospitality management schools for an international career.

The world’s top hotel companies have again ranked several hospitality management schools of Switzerland as the best in the world. In a recent survey conducted by Taylor Nelson Sofres in the UK, 5-star 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). These schools were ranked as the world’s best for preparing students for an international career in hospitality management.

The survey included a large sample of hiring managers from 5-star international hospitality companies around the world and was conducted by Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS) Travel & Tourism (U.K.), the world’s largest provider of custom research and analysis. The 2010 survey established the relative ‘ranking’ of international hospitality management schools providing university-level degree programs from which employers are likely to recruit staff for international 5-star hotel companies.

Les Roches and Glion are members of the Laureate International Universities network.

’Switzerland continues to lead the world in providing the highest-quality international hospitality management education’, said David Graves, CEO Laureate Hospitality Art & 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. Laureate Hospitality Education, a division of Laureate Education Inc, commissioned TNS to conduct the survey utilizing “blind” objective techniques. The survey results are statistically reliable at a 95% confidence level. Similar results were obtained in a global industry survey conducted in 2007 by TNS.

Table 1: Top 10 International Hospitality Management Schools in the World for an International Career.

Based on frequency of school selection by hospitality industry hiring managers from 5-star hotels.

Sample Size = 181 respondents

Rank Institution Country

1 Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne Switzerland
2* Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Bluche Switzerland
2* Glion Institute of Higher Education, Glion & Bulle Switzerland
2* Cornell University USA
5 Hotelschool The Hague Netherlands
6 Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Marbella Spain
7 Hotel School Vatel France
8 Oxford Brookes University United Kingdom
9 César Ritz Colleges, Le Bouveret, Brig Switzerland
10 Ecole Hôtelière de Genève Switzerland
* Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Glion Institute of Higher Education and Cornell University are tied for second position.

Key conclusions to be highlighted from the survey results include:

The Top 4 schools as rated by industry hiring managers are Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Glion Institute of Higher Education and Cornell University. This result matches the findings of the TNS survey conducted in 2007.

Of note is that three of the top four schools are Swiss hospitality management institutes. Switzerland remains the foremost worldwide leader in international hospitality management education.

Six of the Top 10 schools have direct links with Switzerland.

More information can be obtained on the web using the following link, TNS White Paper 2010. This link provides the TNS written report for the survey.

Taylor Nelson Sofres PLC (TNS) is a leading market research and information group and the world’s largest provider of custom research and analysis. TNS operates globally across 70 countries, allowing us to provide internationally consistent, up-to-the-minute and high quality information and analysis. TNS Travel & Tourism is employed by a portfolio of global clients in the leisure, tourism, hospitality and travel industries to undertake a range of research and consultancy projects, designed to provide insight and knowledge.

Laureate Hospitality Education is a unique and global group of specialized higher education institutions that provides hospitality, tourism, event, sport and entertainment management degree-level education to students from over 100 countries. It is comprised of 8 leading institutions in 5 countries. Schools include Glion Institute of Higher Education, Les Roches International School of Hotel Management and Les Roches-Gruyère University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland, Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Spain, Les Roches Jin Jiang International Hotel Management College in Shanghai, China, Kendall College in Chicago, USA, Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School and Australian International Hotel School in Australia. More than 6,000 students attend Laureate hospitality education institutions.