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Top Ranked Hospitality Management Schools Worldwide

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Swiss Hospitality Management Schools Ranked Among Worlds Best by Global 5-star Hoteliers

In a global survey of 5-star hotel hiring managers in 2007 and 2010, Taylor Nelson Sofres, a highly-respected market research firm, conducted a market survey of hospitality employers regarding their opinions of the top ten hospitality management schools. Three schools in Switzerland stood out among the top five rankings. The concept of hospitality has its roots in Switzerland, and these schools have produced hospitality managers known for their strong work ethic, attention to detail, genuine affinity for hospitality and effectiveness in managing a diverse workforce.

In the summer of 2010, an online survey was delivered to an extensive worldwide employer database. The potential respondent database is comprised of more than 50,000 hospitality professionals working in more than 70 countries. The potential respondents received an email from TNS inviting them to participate in this survey, which was then accessed by a link to a questionnaire which was hosted on a secure site by TNS. To maintain objectivity, the name of Laureate/LHE was not revealed to respondents. Over 10000 recipients opened the email, while over 1000 clicked on the link of the survey itself.

About TNS:
Taylor Nelson Sofres PLC (TNS) is a leading market research and information group and is the worlds 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.

TOP 10 Hotel Management Schools in the World: (five of the Top 10 hospitality schools are in Switzerland)

1. Ecole Hoteliere 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. Cesar Ritz Colleges, Le Bouveret, Brig - Switzerland
10. Ecole Hoteliere de Geneve, Switzerland

* Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Glion Institute of Higher Education and Cornell University are tied for second position.

About Swiss Hotel Schools

Best Hotel Management School: Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne / Lausanne Hotel School

The Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne (En: Lausanne Hotel School), it was founded over a hundred years ago, in 1893, is the world's first hotel school. EHL continually updates its programs to meet the service industry's ever-changing needs. It continues to have 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 master's 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.

Glion Institute of Higher Education

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accredits this school, meaning it meets NEASC standards for institutional quality assurance. 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. Of the 2009 population of 1,643 students, 1,428 were undergraduate students. 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.

Les Roches International School of Hotel Management

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. This school has campuses in Switzerland, China, Spain and the United States. Each program has its own admission requirements, and educational counselors are available for consultations.

Cesar Ritz Colleges (Institut Hotelier 'Cesar Ritz' and 'Cesar Ritz' University Centre)

Since 1982, Cesar Ritz Colleges Switzerland has provided international hotel and tourism management education. Located on two campuses, the Cesar Ritz Colleges Switzerland and Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland are situated in Le Bouveret, and the University Centre is in Brig, Switzerland.

Cesar Ritz Colleges Switzerland programmes: 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.

Ecole Hotelire de Geneve, Switzerland (Hotel Management School of Geneva)

Geneva Hotel Management School, Switzerland (French: Ecole Hoteliere de Geneve, Suisse) is a Swiss Private Hospitality School founded in 1914, the Hotel School of Geneva "ES", offering Higher Diploma in Hotel Management, the Diploma is certified by the Ministry of Education of the Canton of Geneva and recognized officially by the Swiss Government.

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