Top 10 hotel management schools in the world

In a global survey of five-star hotel hiring managers in 2010, market research firm Taylor Nelson Sofres conducted a market survey of hospitality employers regarding their opinions of the top 10 hospitality management schools
Brainstorm By Hotelier Middle
Published on October 20, 2014

In a global survey of five-star hotel hiring managers in 2010, market research firm Taylor Nelson Sofres conducted a market survey of hospitality employers regarding their opinions of the top 10 hospitality management schools.

As you go through the results be sure to see if your hospitality school made the Top 10 and, if it didn’t, feel free to comment on why you think it wasn’t on the list or why you think it should have been.

1. Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland

The Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (English: Lausanne Hotel School), was founded in 1893 and is recognised as the world’s first hotel school.

EHL continually updates its programmes to meet the service industry’s ever-changing needs and boasts incredibly close ties with the Swiss and international hospitality industry, to the point where employers participate in the internship and recruitment processes.

The school believes that while the science or business aspect is of the industry is important, learning the ‘art’ of management is also essential. This school offers a 13-month hospitality masters of business administration (MBA), a four-year bachelor’s degree in international hospitality management and a two-year hospitality diploma. Students may choose between classes taught in French or in English.

Joint Second: Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Bluche – Switzerland

Les Roches is building a superb international platform for hospitality education in the world, with campuses in Switzerland (Bluche / Crans-Montana), China (Shanghai), Spain (Marbella) and Jordan (Amman).Les Roches offers six academic programs, including a three-year Swiss Hotel Association hotel management diploma, a four-year bachelor of business administration degree in international hotel management and a one-year master of business administration degree in hospitality management. Students at Les Roches learn not only hotel management, service skills and kitchen operations, but also finance, accounting and marketing. Theory and practice combine to train students to succeed in the service industries.

Les Roches also puts emphasis on teamwork and solidarity.

Each program has its own admission requirements, and educational counsellors are available for consultations.

Joint Second: Glion Institute of Higher Education, Glion & Bulle, Switzerland

Glion is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The institute was founded to cater to the boom in tourism alongside the dawn of the age of the major hotel chain.

It began with just 15 students in 1962, humble beginnings compared to the 1600 students it now trains and educates.

The Glion Institute Governing Board includes the owner of Star Hotel in France, a director of Webster University in Geneva and the dean of the University of Rhode Island in the U.S.
Its advisory board consists of professionals in key positions in the service industry, and it has 50 full-time and 27 part-time faculty.

Glion offers hospitality management programs at undergraduate, graduate and post graduate levels. The school considers applicants’ academic records, work experience, extracurricular activities, test scores and letters of recommendation before admission.

Joint Second: Cornell University, USA
Founded in 1922 at the request of leading hotel magnates and the American Hotel Association, the Cornell School of Hotel Administration has a rich history.

The founders wanted to create a first-rate academic institution providing a field of study for the ‘science’ of running hotels and restaurants.

It began with 21 students under the direction of a single professor, Howard B. Meek.

In 1927 Ellsworth M. Statler, a self-made millionaire who founded the largest hotel chain of his day, was persuaded to attend the second Hotel Ezra Cornell (HEC) conference organised by the Hotel Department students. When he arrived on campus, Statler was skeptical about the programme as he believed individuals interested in a hospitality career could be better served by on-the-job training than by classroom learning. By the end of the weekend, however, he said, “I’m converted. Meek can have any damn thing he wants”.

As the only Ivy League (top US University) programme in hospitality management, the school offers a curriculum that addresses all of the aspects of running a business – strategising and planning, design and construction, financing and marketing, as well as management and operations.

Its world-renowned faculty members are at the cutting edge of developments in the industry and alumni are more often than not extremely successful executives and entrepreneurs.

5. Hotelschool The Hague, Netherlands

Hotelschool The Hague was founded in 1929 by HORECAF, the employers’ organisation in the hotel and catering industry. Since its foundation, the Hotelschool has become an international school specialised in hotel management offering a four-year international Bachelor’s degree course.

This degree course is also available as a two-year International Fast Track programme. Since October 2001, the Hotelschool offers in collaboration with Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) Erasmus University a one-year Masters programme in Hospitality Management.

In July 2002 Hotelschool The Hague became a member of ‘The Leading Hotel schools of The World’, and in September of that same year it opened a second campus in Amsterdam.

A small, autonomous and independent institute with approximately 1900 students, graduates from the Hotelschool have careers in hospitality companies around the world.

6. Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Marbella – Spain

Since it was founded in 1995, Les Roches Marbella has continually produced high quality hospitality managers for the industry.

The courses combine the Swiss tradition of ‘perfection’ with an American educational ethos, resulting in a truly unique learning experience.

The multicultural environment and internship opportunities worldwide prepare students for the demands of international hospitality.

Programmes of study are taught entirely in English and cover all the disciplines needed by a hospitality leader. Given the importance of languages in this industry, students also graduate with an additional modern language

7. Hotel School Vatel, France

With a 30 year strong experience, Hotel School Vatel boasts 31 hospitality schools across the globe preparing around 7000 students a year for the rigours of the hospitality industry.

One fact the school is rightly proud of is its ability to secure employment for 100% of its students within three months of the course finishing.

In 2010, Vatel Hospitality School received the award for the ‘Best Innovation in Teaching’ for the creation of The Vatel International Business Game, a game specially created for the training of future managers in international hospitality.

Conceived by and for Vatel, it brings Master students from all the Vatel schools around the globe into competition, and transforms them into the managers of a hotel. The decisions of each team are scrutinised by an external organisation. The winning team, declared ‘Dream Team Manager’, is the one that finishes in first place in two social exercises.

8. Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom

The Oxford School of Hospitality Management has an impressive international reputation as one of the world’s principal providers of management education in its field.

The course develops the knowledge, skills and attributes appropriate for effective and ethical management practice and leadership in the context of international hospitality.

Drawing on the department’s strong worldwide industry contacts, the course promotes understanding of successful management and leadership practice in hospitality contexts.

Students gain industry experience during a paid supervised placement year and, in addition, there are regular opportunities throughout the course to interact with senior industry figures including Ken Hom OBE, Raymond Blanc OBE, Madhur Jaffrey CBE, Rick Stein OBE and Michael Caines MBE, as well as companies such as Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

9. César Ritz Colleges, Le Bouveret, Brig – Switzerland

Named after legendary hotelier César Ritz , since 1982, César Ritz Colleges Switzerland has provided international hotel and tourism management education. Located on two campuses, the César Ritz Colleges Switzerland and

Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland are situated in Le Bouveret, and the University Centre is in Brig, Switzerland.

The courses include a Higher Diploma in Hotel & Restaurant Management, Advanced Certificate and Higher Diploma in Culinary Studies, Bachelor of International Business in Hotel & Tourism Management, Postgraduate Diploma in International Hospitality Management, Master of Science in International Hospitality Management, Master of International Business in Hotel & Tourism Management.

10. Ecole Hôtelière de Genève, Switzerland

École Hôtelière de Genève, Suisse (English: Geneva Hotel Management School, Switzerland ) is a private hospitality school founded in 1914 offering Higher Diplomas in hotel management. The Diploma is certified by the Ministry of Education of the Canton of Geneva and recognised officially by the Swiss Government.

In 1914, a school focused on the restaurant and hospitality trade was formed at Neuchâtel Gastrosuisse.

In 1951, the school moved to 12 Avenue de la Paix, in the mansion that housed the teacher and founder of the modern comic book, Rodolphe Töpffer.

The school became the Hotel School of Geneva in 1996 and has since made great strives to offer a premium education in hospitality management.

Courses include focuses on management, accounting, financial management, human resources, marketing and communication beside others.



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