The Hospitality Management Schools Ranking Survey

Glion Institute of Higher Education is ranked among the top three hospitality management schools in the world for an international career (TNS, Global Research, 2013). 


The hospitality management schools ranking survey was conducted by Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS), the world’s largest provider of custom research and analysis. The survey was conducted amongst a large sample of senior managers from luxury hotels around the world in May and June, 2013.  The primary purpose of the 2013 survey was to benchmark career prospects for graduates from various international hospitality management schools providing university-level programs from which employers are likely to recruit staff for luxury international hotel companies.


Key findings of the Hospitality Management Schools Ranking Survey

The survey findings revealed several trends in the hiring preferences of international hospitality hiring managers.


Preference for hospitality graduates who have trained in more than one country

Graduates with an international education have a significant advantage in the jobs market. More than half (56%) of respondents from Luxury hotels indicated that they would prefer graduates with international experience whilst only one in five (21%) stated that it would have no influence on their decision.


The top 3 hospitality management schools are all in Switzerland

The top three hospitality management schools in the world are all Swiss hotel schools: Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Glion Institute of Higher Education and Les Roches International School of Hotel Management.  This result indicates that Switzerland remains the worldwide leader in international hospitality management education. 

The ten best hospitality management schools in the world

The following table presents the survey ranking results. All surveys are statistically reliable at a 95% confidence level.


1. Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne Switzerland (67%) 

2. Glion Institute of Higher Education, Glion & Bulle Switzerland (61%) 

3. Les Roches, International School of Hotel Management, Bluche Switzerland (59%) 

4. Cornell University USA (53%) 

5. Hotel School The Hague Netherlands (40%) 

6. Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, Marbella Spain (28%) 

7. Oxford Brookes University United Kingdom (23%) 

8. Blue Mountain International Hotel Management School, Leura Australia (21%)

9. Hotel School Vatel France (20%)

10. César Ritz Colleges, Le Bouveret, Brig Switzerland (19%) 

Research Methodology and Respondents

In the summer of 2013, an online survey was delivered to an extensive worldwide employer database. Laureate Hospitality Education, a division of Laureate Education Inc, commissioned TNS to conduct the survey. The potential respondent database is comprised of more than 50,000 hospitality professionals working in more than 80 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.


The profile of the respondents in terms of their position in the various luxury hotels was:

  • 56% work in Human Resources team or division in a hotel

  • 19% work as General Manager of a hotel

  • 16% work in Food & Beverage, Sales & Marketing, Rooms Division or Finance & Accounting in a hotel

  • 9% have other position titles