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Leadership and governance

Glion Institute of Higher Education is a private, for-profit institution and as such, satisfying our students is our main objective. For a fair summary of financial statement, please contact the Managing Director. GIHE’s leadership structure is designed to guarantee responsible management of the institution’s resources, committed to achieving its mission and objectives.

Our mission

Glion develops professionals for global careers in the world’s premier hospitality and luxury businesses.

Our vision

Be known worldwide for excellence as a higher education institution for hospitality and luxury business management.

Glion – Swiss hotel past and present

Since 1962, Glion has set high standards for academic quality and hospitality excellence. From its legacy as a Swiss hotel school, Glion has evolved to become a premier higher education institution for the constantly-evolving hospitality industry. With campuses in both Switzerland and London, UK – two thriving hotspots for hospitality, business and beyond – Glion continues to deliver premium, personalized education that will ensure you graduate ready to make a significant contribution to the industry.

Glion has been frequently recognized by industry professionals for its quality, winning Best Hospitality Management School in the World at the Worldwide Hospitality Awards in 2015. The following year, Glion collected the award for Best Innovation in an Academic Program. This year, Glion ranked number one in Employer Reputation and among the top five Worldwide Hospitality Institutions (QS World University Rankings by subject, 2018). As the hospitality industry continues to change, so does Glion – our programs and specializations ensure you gain the skills, industry insight and hands-on experience you need to succeed in a vast range of areas, including luxury brand management, hotel development, travel and tourism, events and finance.

Studying at Glion is not just an enriching learning experience – it stays with you for life. As soon as you graduate, you become part of our global network of alumni. The Glion Alumni Association includes more than 14’000 alumni from over 150 countries, a group of highly-respected professionals continuing to promote Glion’s reputation for excellence.

In 2017, Glion celebrated 55 years of excellence. In order to celebrate, we compiled a special commemorative booklet featuring 55 of the best Glion alumni success stories.

Glion Hotel School – 55 years of excellence

Glion has been at the forefront of excellence in hospitality education for over 50 years. Since its founding in 1962 by Walter Hunziker and Frédéric Tissot, Glion has retained a sense of traditional Swiss hospitality while adapting its programs and courses to an ever-changing industry.


Creation of the “Centre International de Glion” by Walter Hunziker and Frédéric Tissot, 2 Swiss tourism pioneers. The Institut International de Glion established its first campus in the renovated Grand Hôtel Bellevue for a first class composed of 15 students from five countries.


First Bachelor degree delivered to answer the industry’s need for highly qualified managers.


This year marks the opening of the Bulle campus which is now home to the MBA students, postgraduate students and undergraduate students for the last two years of their program.


Start of Master’s programs: The Master of Business Administration in International Hospitality & Service Industries Management has two specializations: Leadership or Marketing.


Glion joins the Laureate group and becomes Glion Institute of Higher Education.


GIHE begins its 100% Online MBA. The new Glion Online MBA offers specializations in General Management for Service Industries, Marketing and Innovation, Asset and Revenue Management as well as a Self Designed option.


Glion Institute of Higher Education celebrates its 50th anniversary. 400 Glion alumni gathered above the resort-city of Montreux to celebrate the institution’s half-century of success and to revive the Glion spirit together.


Opening of the London branch campus on the existing site of Whitelands College of the University of Roehampton.


Glion London moves to Downshire House, on the grounds of the University of Roehampton, for a more centralized campus structure in a newly refurbished historical building.

Swiss hotel school, international campuses

Glion Institute of Higher Education has two campuses in Switzerland, one campus in London, and a set of multicampus programs which offer flexible options and full immersion in the international hospitality management and events management fields.

Glion campus, Switzerland

The Glion campus is our original Swiss hotel school campus and the starting point for all undergraduate students. A world-class learning environment for both classroom and craft-based learning, Glion is a combined simulated hotel and school, featuring five restaurants, student accommodation, a library, classrooms and computer labs.

Bulle campus, Switzerland

A modern university facility offering comfortable living atmosphere and a dynamic learning environment, Bulle campus is home to the majority of our graduate and undergraduate students. Bulle is located in Gruyère, just 30 minutes drive from our Glion campus. Bulle campus is where you will develop critical thinking skills and refine your communication, organization and leadership abilities.

London campus, UK

As a leading international business and finance center, London exposes you to real world business operations, while its diversity helps you appreciate multicultural differences in hospitality management and the logistics of international event management. Situated just over half an hour away from the West End, Glion London’s modern facilities include lecture rooms, study areas, social spaces and accommodation.

Glion life

Studying here will immerse you in the Glion spirit. You will learn, live and have fun with classmates representing 99 nationalities. You’ll develop leadership skills through our Student Government Association and student committees. You will also build valuable cultural knowledge and lifelong friendships through our sports teams, excursions and exciting events.

Accreditation and quality assurance


Glion is one of only three Swiss hospitality schools to be accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.)


Glion Institute of Higher Education, London (GIHE UK Ltd) has undergone a review for educational oversight by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

The ICE International Accreditation

The International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE) is an international accreditation agency and a global network of leading quality tourism, hospitality, events and culinary arts (TH&E) institutions. Accreditation and quality assurance have become integral to the institutional review processes in education. Originally funded by the Australian government in 2004, in 2008 THE-ICE began operating as a not-for-profit. Today, THE-ICE is a global member network of over 30 leading quality TH&E (tourism, hospitality and events) institutions in 14 countries.

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