Glion Ranked No.1 Best Hospitality School for Employer Reputation

Glion Ranked No.1 Best Hospitality School for Employer Reputation

Over the past decade, Glion Institute of Higher Education has received top rankings and awards for the best hospitality management schools from a variety of academic and industry sources.

This year, Glion was ranked among the five top hospitality management schools in the world according to the QS World University Rankings 2018 for Hospitality and Leisure Management and placed first in employer reputation.

Here are some tips for understanding ranking studies, the highlights from the QS hospitality school ranking and the reasons why Glion consistently ranks among the best hospitality schools in the world.

What do university and hospitality school rankings mean?

In general, university or hospitality school rankings evaluate higher education institutions and programs based on a set of criteria, using data collected through surveys, and then compare those results to establish an order of ranking. When researching university programs, ranking studies can help you to compare similar institutions based on relevant criteria.

There is no such thing as a globally recognized ranking study, so it’s important to do your own research on each ranking. A reliable ranking study will always provide a methodology statement explaining the metrics for the study, the population surveyed and the results in a clear, concise manner. In the end, a ranking is just one of the factors to consider as you look for the best university or hospitality management program for you.

2018 Hospitality Schools Ranking by QS Top Universities

For the field of higher education, QS Top Universities is a leader in international ranking studies that publishes a yearly ranking by program category. For the Hospitality and Leisure Management category, the ranking evaluates top hospitality schools around the world according to six metrics:

  • Academic Reputation
  • Employer Reputation
  • Faculty/Student Ratio
  • Citations per faculty
  • International Faculty Ratio
  • International Student Ratio

QS Top Universities employs a consistent, transparent methodology for compiling these metrics and you can learn about the methodology of the hospitality schools ranking here.

Swiss Hotel Schools Rank High Among Top Hospitality Schools in the World

According to the QS hospitality school ranking study, four out of the ten top hospitality schools in the world are Swiss hotel schools. Since Switzerland is where the traditions of hospitality management education were formed, it’s no surprise to see Swiss hotel schools ranking high among the best hospitality schools in the world. Furthermore, the results of the study’s Employer Reputation metric show that Swiss hotel schools achieved the top four scores demonstrating that Swiss hospitality schools remain the masters in this career field retaining the preference of industry professionals and hiring managers.

Glion is the Best Hospitality School for Employment

In the QS ranking, Glion earned a perfect score (100), making it the best hotel school in the category of Employer Reputation. This metric evaluates how well the university or program prepares students for the employment market. The QS Employer Reputation metric “is based on over 40,000 responses to our QS Employer Survey, and asks employers to identify those institutions from which they source the most competent, innovative, effective graduates. The QS Employer Survey is also the world’s largest of its kind.”

Why Glion ranks among the top hospitality management schools in the world

Over the past decade, Glion Institute of Higher Education has consistently figured among the top hospitality management school rankings and awards nearly every year. These acknowledgements come mainly from the industry, where 14,000 Glion alumni are working as successful managers, leaders and entrepreneurs and where around 750 Glion student interns also attest to the quality of the school’s curriculum and international culture.

Here are the reasons why Glion is known as one of the world’s best hotel management schools following the six categories evaluated in this most recent hotel school ranking study:

Academic Reputation – Glion Institute of Higher Education offers high-quality bachelor’s and master’s hospitality programs with university-level accreditation combining three unique elements: practical learning in five-star hospitality facilities, a curriculum for business skills and leadership development, and industry-relevant specializations. These are the elements that make our graduates stand out from the rest and have earned our reputation for academic excellence.

Employer Reputation – The QS findings reflect Glion’s solid reputation among hiring managers and employers in the hospitality and service industries. Indeed, Glion graduate employment data indicates that 98% of job-seeking students have one or more employment opportunities on graduation day, more than 150 companies come to the Glion campuses every year to recruit top talent, and the school receives an average of 3.2 internship offers per student, every semester.

Faculty/Student Ratio – Among the world’s top hotel management schools, Glion is a close-knit, private institution with around 1,650 students on three campuses. The school aims to maintain small class sizes for one-on-one interactions and student teacher ratios that range from approximately 1 to 15 for the practical arts classes to 1 to 35 for the academic classes.

Citations per Faculty- Industry research is an important aspect of academic life at Glion. Our senior faculty members bring industry challenges and trends into the classroom as they conduct and publish research, contribute to industry panels and host conferences on campus.

International Faculty Ratio – Glion has a distinguished and diverse range of faculty members allowing students to learn from the very best in their respective fields and to gain unique cultural perspectives from the industry. For example, among the senior culinary and service instructors at Glion, many have achieved the distinguished title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France.

International Student Ratio – On two campuses in Switzerland and one in London, Glion offers an exciting, multicultural student life experience. Glion is home to international students representing 99 nationalities (56% Europe, 6% Americas, 32% Asia-pacific, 6% Africa and Middle East). This close-knit, diverse community creates a unique learning and living environment for future hospitality professionals.

Learn more about Glion’s Hospitality Management programs.

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Young Glion alumnus on his rise to the top

Young Glion alumnus on his rise to the top


NATIONALITY: Swiss
GRADUATION YEAR: 2008
PROGRAM: BBA Hospitality Management – Honours Degree
COMPANY: InterContinental
JOB TITLE: Hotel Manager

Swiss alumnus Daniel Solombrino had always wanted a career in hospitality. It’s, in part, due to this commitment that in a ten-year career he has risen to the role of Hotel Manager at the InterContinental Saigon. He spoke to us about his time with the hotel company so far, his studying at Glion and the rise of tourism in Vietnam.

A lifelong love of hospitality

Daniel’s passion for the industry began as a child. “I was privileged enough to travel with my family a lot,” he said. “I was always fascinated by the hotels and resorts we visited. There were vibrant environments, breathtaking locations, amazing activities and great personalities.

After spending time abroad, Daniel wanted to return home to Switzerland to pursue a hospitality degree. “I went to a number of hotel schools in Switzerland to get a better understanding of the environment and a feel for the campus,” he said. When it came to visiting Glion, it was love at first sight. “When I arrived at Glion, all the memories of being on holiday with my family came flooding back. It was like tasting a dish that throws you back to your childhood. The personalised tour, and the opportunity to meet students and staff, made a big difference. I chose Glion and, looking back, it was one of the best choices I ever made.”

An InterContinental career

Daniel began his tenure with InterContinental when he was selected to be part of their very first European Graduate programme. He was then assigned as Project Manager for a Holiday Inn property in Brentwood, UK, before moving to InterContinental Paris – Le Grand. Since then, he has worked in numerous InterContinental hotels in Bahrain, Kuwait and Vietnam, before securing a prestigious Hotel Manager role in 2018.

Remember that everything starts with you and that development never stops. Believe in yourself and set your goals step by step.

“I am InterContinental Saigon’s youngest ever hotel manager,” Daniel said. “There are various factors in me securing the role. I have been loyal to the company, have a good attitude, enjoy strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders, am open to new challenges and destinations, and am 100 per cent committed.”

Inbound tourism to Vietnam

South Korea has become an increasingly important market for inbound tourism to Vietnam. This is something Daniel has noticed while working with InterContinental. “Very much indeed. It seems that there is a mutual love between the two cultures,” he said. “Recognising shared interests, new opportunity-seeking Korean businesses, visitors and expats are larger in Vietnam than ever before. There are 28+ flights a day between South Korea and Vietnam, compared to the 11+ from Japan.”

In terms of places to see, Daniel recommends the “fabulous night scene” of Ho Chi Minh City. “There are a number of hidden gems,” he said. “Go on a walk and you will find some incredibly fascinating bars.”

Maintaining the Glion Spirit

Daniel has some advice for anyone interested in studying at Glion. “Take advantage of being a Glion student, as it will open doors for you,” he said. “However, it’s important that you do what you do with passion. Remember that everything starts with you and that development never stops. Believe in yourself and set your goals step by step.”

Glion has been incredibly beneficial to Daniel’s career. “It gave me the international exposure that still benefits me today. It connected me with amazing people that became friends and family. It taught me what real hospitality is. Most importantly, it opened the door to opportunities in a sector I’ve always dreamed of working in. With the rich heritage of Glion behind us, we are privileged and have a great competitive advantage in the human resources market. The Glion Spirit is a feeling that lasts a lifetime.”

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Glion students cook up exciting MasterChef competition

Glion students cook up exciting MasterChef competition

Recently, we announced that Glion would be hosting its own international MasterChef competition. On Wednesday 6 June, the event took place at our Bulle campus, with students showing off their cultural heritage and culinary flair in front of an expert judging panel.

An amazing event

Our students come from all over the world, often representing multiple nationalities. So what better way to demonstrate this than with a cooking competition? For those that are not familiar with the show, MasterChef is a global television series in which talented cooks compete against one another. Inspired by the show, student ambassadors Paul Leguay and Giuseppe Lombardi decided a MasterChef-style competition would be the perfect platform for Glion students to show off their skills.
“It gives people from different countries the opportunity to cook using their own cultural knowledge,” they said. “We have tried to create a multicultural event without removing the competitive spirit. Finally, we want the competition to be a caring and friendly game, one that allows participants to have freedom in their choices.”

Global competition

Six teams took part, representing China, France, Italy, Kazakhstan, the Middle East, and Egypt / Morocco. While a few team members cooked, the rest of them attended country stands. While here, they encouraged the 150 attendees to taste different food and drink from the participating regions.

The event was livestreamed in the lobby, with a judging panel made up of six Glion representatives. Benoit Carcenat and Fabien Foare, both winners of the prestigious Meilleur Ouvrier de France award, joined head chef Thierry Ray as the culinary experts of the panel. Additionally, student advisor Paul Chappel, Audrey Reynauld, Bachelor Programs Manager, and student ambassador Francesca Stellino completed the jury.

Tasting victory

The MasterChef competition proved to be a roaring success. Our students loved taking part – they were so enthused by the event that they have already begun forming teams for next semester. However, there could only be one winner. After conferring, the judges announced China as the victor, with France following closely behind.

As a result, the judges awarded China with some amazing prizes:

  • Professional knives
  • Kitchen books
  • Champagne
  • A plate of cured meats, cheeses and breads
  • Personalised kitchen vest

Finally, everybody got to enjoy a celebratory cocktail together. This brought to a close an amazing and enlightening event. Here’s to next time!

Wonderful events and exciting competitions are just a small part of what Glion has to offer. If you’re interested in studying at Glion, simply share your details here and one of our dedicated Education Counselors will be in touch.


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What are the benefits of a multicampus experience?

What are the benefits of a multicampus experience?

Glion Institute of Higher Education offers a truly multicultural education. Not only do you get to learn alongside students representing 96 different nationalities, you also have the chance to study in two amazing countries, Switzerland and the UK (in the capital city of London). We spoke to Glion students Aimée, Shavani and Thuy about what it’s like to study on multiple campuses.

Two countries, one Glion spirit

We have three modern campuses in two of hospitality’s most prominent locations. Our flagship Glion campus is located above Lake Geneva and overlooks the amazing Alps. It boasts brilliant facilities, including two recently renovated restaurants that provide valuable real-world experience. Also in Switzerland is our Bulle campus. Located in a peaceful town surrounded by stunning countryside, you can enjoy skiing, rafting, hiking and horse riding outside of your studies.

Growing up with a multicultural background truly opened my heart to travelling and discovering new cultures… The rare chance to study in two different locations, therefore, felt like a dream come true.

Our London campus offers contemporary facilities in an exciting city home to 100 five-star hotels and 72 Michelin-starred restaurants. Located on the grounds of the University of Roehampton, Glion London offers the same academic standards, programme structure and seamless transfer opportunities as our Swiss campuses.

Why study at multiple campuses?

After spending three semesters at the Glion campus, Aimée decided to do her fourth semester at Glion London. “It offered new insight into Glion,” she said. “It gave me the chance to meet students who had started their studies in London, as well as learn from different teaching staff. In terms of the academic programme, transferring to London was not an issue as both campuses are following the same courses at the same pace.”

Both campuses are quite different in terms of functioning, but both provide students with amazing experiences

Shivani chose to study in two different locations to see more of the world. “The opportunity to study in two different countries was a very exciting one, especially coming from a small island in the Caribbean,” she said. “It gave me the chance to travel the world and learn about two different cultures.”

Unlike Shivani, Thuy had already been exposed to an international environment. “Growing up with a multicultural background truly opened my heart to travelling and discovering new cultures,” she said. “The rare chance to study in two different locations, therefore, felt like a dream come true.”

Unrivalled benefits

Thuy believes studying in Switzerland and London gave her the chance to appreciate the countries’ different ways of living. “Although both countries are situated in Europe, they are different in terms of culture and lifestyle,” she said. “London is fast-paced and busy, while in Switzerland I was studying near nature.” Thuy enjoyed studying at both. “Switzerland was the perfect place to start my higher education experience, with lovely restaurants around the campus and friends around the corner,” she said. “Meanwhile, in London I loved being part of a buzzing city life.”

For Shivani, there were multiple benefits. “The experience has been unlike any other I’ve had,” she said. “I was able to make new friends and, in Switzerland, got to explore a country I’ve never been to before. It gave me the ability to grow as a person, and take on new tasks and responsibilities.”

Both campuses are quite different in terms of functioning, but both provide students with amazing experiences

Getting to interact with students from the University of Roehampton was a plus point for Aimée.“It gave me the opportunity to enjoy a new environment and interact with different students,” she said. “Also, the London campus has a wide variety of clubs and non-academic activities for students to make the most out of the Glion experience.” Shivani agrees. “The ability to communicate with people outside of Glion was one of my favourite parts of the London campus,” she said.

Making the most of your studies

Aimée recommends studying across Glion’s campuses to get a broader education. “Both campuses are quite different in terms of functioning, but both provide students with amazing experiences,” she said. “In Switzerland, there is a feeling of belonging. In London, we experience a more personal approach to education. I believe that the multicampus experience is one of the best ways to get the most out of Glion, both in terms of academics and personal life.”

Thuy credits the experience for expanding her social circle. “Being part of a multi-campus programme has given me a group of close friends in both Switzerland and London,” she said. “Although Glion’s Swiss campuses and Glion London are one university, I now feel like I am part of two families.”

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