Swiss Education Group - Your Swiss alliance of hospitality management schools

Swiss Education Group is the largest provider of private hospitality education in Switzerland, comprised of four hospitality management schools and one culinary school. The five schools are situated on seven stunning campuses in the French and German-speaking regions of Switzerland. In 2016, the student population included over 6,500 students from 111 different nationalities. Each school offers Bachelor and Master programmes with a variety of specialisations.

Quality academic programmes

Recognised by the industry as a leading group for hospitality management education, the Swiss Education Group is committed to training tomorrow's professionals to meet the needs of hospitality employers. Graduates are prepared for the world of work thanks to an excellent understanding of the hospitality industry and extensive practical experience gained through internship placements. All curricula combine theoretical courses with practical internships. Students are required to gain industry experience of 8-12 months during the first two years of their studies.

At the academic level, the schools are associated with three universities reputed for studies in the hospitality, tourism and business sectors:

  • University of Derby (UK)
  • Northwood University (US)
  • Washington State University (US).

Lecturers are internationally recognised practitioners with academic and industry experience. They share a firm commitment to excellence and a passion for hospitality education. Many of the staff remain abreast of industry best practices through periods of immersion in the world of business.

Strong industry relationships

Close ties with the key players in the hospitality business ensure that the Group's curricula meet industry requirements. Swiss Education Group is committed to focusing on technological breakthroughs that may help revolutionise pedagogical approaches; this ensures that graduates develop the skills required in the international job market.

Many of the world's leading hospitality management companies attend the Group's biannual International recruitment forum. Positive feedback from industry representatives highlights the value that they place in this event, and statistics show that more than 70% of students interviewed there receive a job offer.

Future hospitality career opportunities

Having benefited from an education focused on practice, Swiss Education Group graduates are particularly successful in the hospitality industry.

Twice a year, students are given the opportunity to meet more than 135 hospitality leaders from around the world at the International Recruitment Forum (IRF). Open to students from all seven Swiss Education Group campuses, the IRF is considered an unmissable opportunity to network with future employers and explore career opportunities.

Swiss Education Group is proud to have partnerships with over 100 companies internationally, including:

  • Hyatt
  • Four Seasons
  • Accor Group
  • Kempinski
  • Mövenpick
  • The Ritz Carlton
  • Marriott
  • Shangri-La
  • FRHI Hotels & Resorts (Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel).

History of the company

Founded by Dr Andreas Künzli in 1986, the Group began with the launch of a language school known as the Swiss Language Club (SLC). Künzli then branched out into the hospitality industry. Since its beginnings, Swiss Education Group has grown to become Switzerland's largest provider of hospitality management training and an alliance of the country's leading institutions.

The Group was joined in 1994 by Swiss Hotel Management School (SHMS, founded in 1992), in 2002 by Hotel Institute Montreux (HIM, founded in 1985), in 2004 by School of Hotel Management (IHTTI, founded in 1984) and in 2011 by César Ritz Colleges Switzerland (founded in 1982). Finally, in 2012, DCT Lucerne (founded in 1991) was incorporated into César Ritz Colleges Switzerland and the Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland was formed.



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