As tourism grows in Azerbaijan hospitality, Glion’s programs and alumni meet the need for qualified hospitality professionals.

As the hospitality industry grows in Azerbaijan, so does the need for qualified hospitality professionals. Over the past few years, Glion has enrolled an increasing number of Azerbaijani students and some of those alumni have returned home to take leadership roles in Azerbaijan’s top hospitality companies. A recent article from Azerbaijan highlights the positive impact of high-quality hospitality education in Azerbaijan where some of the world’s leading hotel companies such as Kempinski, JW Marriott, Four Seasons, Hilton, Fairmont have opened properties in the last two years.

When Javaid Akpar, General Manager of the Sheraton Baku Airport Hotel, was asked “When you compare tourism industry of Azerbaijan with countries where you have worked before, what do you see?” his answer provided insight into the changes that the hospitality workforce is experiencing in Azerbaijan. *

“The development in Azerbaijan goes very fast… In order to develop the tourism industry on a better level, Azerbaijan needs real professionals. In my area of work, we are already seeing young specialists in tourism/hospitality industry and those young people in the future will replace us. For now, there are not so many of them; however, I am sure that in the future the amount of professionals will increase,” said Mr. Akpar, “In our hotel, we have an alumnus from one of the most famous hospitality universities, Glion, and we are relying and looking with hope to such professionals. Also, our other employees are getting training in Europe through our Hotel channels.”

Another Glion alumnus of the Postgraduate Diploma in Hospitality, 2009, has also returned to Azerbaijan after graduation to hold a key management position at Fairmont Flame Towers Baku, the most luxurious hotel in city.

The increasing presence of Azerbaijani students at Glion is due in part to a State Program for the studies of Azeri youth abroad for the years 2007-2015. It was approved by the President Ilham Aliyev in 2007 as an initiative to convert “black gold into human gold” by investing money for the study of young management professionals abroad. In December 2012, the Azerbaijani Minister of Education at the time, Misir Mardanov, paid an official visit to Glion where 26 Azerbaijani students are currently studying hospitality management. During the visit, Mardanov stated that Azerbaijani universities have a special interest in cooperating with the leading universities of the world.

For further information regarding the educational opportunities for Azerbaijani students at Glion, please contact Nijat Musayev, Regional Admissions Manager for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, email:, mobile: +41 (0)79 655 52 91.

*Translated to English from Azerbaijani from the article “Mədəniyyət Qazeti”, 26.07.2013.

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