Hospitality Management School
Glion Institute of Higher Education is an international hospitality management institution in Switzerland. Opened in the fall of 1962 in the former Bellevue Hotel, Glion Hotel School (as it was then named) was the first private, university-level Swiss hotel management school. As a private, for-profit institution, GIHE has built its reputation for excellence and become a leader in hospitality education worldwide.
More than a simple hotel school, Glion Institute of Higher Education is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) to deliver programs leading to diploma, associate’s, bachelor’s, postgraduate and master’s level qualifications in international hospitality management and event, sport and entertainment management.
Every year, GIHE provides post-secondary education for approximately 1,500 students from 90 countries around the world. The success of our graduates can be attributed to GIHE’s time-tested merger between university academics and the Swiss hotel school model, close ties with the hospitality industry, and an international university environment. For over 50 years, thousands of graduates have gone through the Glion experience and carried on the famous "Glion Spirit" to represent our institution as leaders in the hospitality industry.
Through its challenging academic programs, structured living environment, craft-based learning, and the “Glion Spirit”, the Glion Institute of Higher Education develops innovative leaders for a broad array of service industries.
The Glion Institute of Higher Education offers management-focused programs for the hospitality and other service industries. With an emphasis on both didactic and craft-based learning, GIHE is European in its outlook, Swiss in its work ethos, American in its educational approach and multi-national in its student body.
All programs emphasize the development of generic thinking skills, the understanding of contemporary management theory, and the integration of theory and practice. The “Glion Spirit” and GIHE’s academic programs prepare for rapid progress to international managerial positions.
The values that guide GIHE as we work toward our vision are:
- To provide educational breadth coupled with optional specializations
- To work as reflective practitioners
- To develop leadership, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills
- To respect differences of culture
- To act with integrity
- To practice and teach the Swiss work ethos
- To foster an international perspective
- To mentor our students
- To guide students to increasing responsibility
- To provide students with an American style Student Services
- To operate a sustainable business model and reflect this in our curriculum
A message from the CEO
A degree from Glion opens up the doors for a career in hospitality and events management, two industries which are growing steadily and which provide diverse career opportunities. The World Travel and Tourism Council estimates that over the next ten years, the industry’s total contribution to GDP is expected to rise by 4.2% per year to reach US$ 9.2 trillion in 2021, which translates to approximately 65 million new jobs in ten years. By 2021, 10% of workers on the planet will be employed in Travel & Tourism and related sectors (WTTC, March 2011). This encouraging forecast indicates that a world of opportunity is opening for people who want to work in hospitality, tourism, gaming, entertainment, events, sports management or travel.
By choosing Glion, you will join a team of passionate educators committed to developing future leaders along with a team of enthusiastic students dedicated to becoming successful managers and entrepreneurs. With almost 50 years of expertise in Swiss hospitality management education, Glion provides the highest quality of programs and training in this area along with industry insight and career development services to ensure a successful transition into professional life.
I wish you success as you explore your options for an exciting future and I look forward to welcome you to Glion.
Arie A.J. van der Spek
Interim CEO / Directeur Général Glion Institute of Higher Education