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.