One of the top tourist destinations in Europe is undoubtedly also the most coveted place to gain valuable education in hospitality. Since days yonder, Switzerland has been the choice for luxury holidays, being the perfect retreat for couples and families alike, owing to its fantastic location, with breath-taking views of mountain caps covered in snow.
And where there are tourists, there is going to be a booming hospitality industry. This industry is fuelled by young aspirants from around the world, who aim to gain admission into the prestigious hospitality schools and universities located in Switzerland.
The applied-study method prevalent in Swiss institutions, where students are exposed to the actual work environment which they will go on to work in, such as kitchens and concierge areas, allows students to hit the ground running, and gain valuable on-hands knowledge. The pedagogy has greatly evolved over the years to include other customer-centric professions in various fields like luxury retail and spa and wellness.
And these unique qualities have been recognised globally as well. According to the QS rankings, Switzerland is home to 4 out of the top 5 hospitality management institutes in the world. The number one institute in the world, EHL, which stands for Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, which is located in Switzerland, was founded in 1893!
Another very unique aspect is the country’s GII (Global Innovation Index) ranking. The ranking which ranks economies based on their innovation capabilities has ranked Switzerland number 1 for nine years in a row! This is testament to the fact that world-class luxury manufacturers such as Hublot and IWC choose to set up operations in Switzerland, owing to an environment that is extremely conducive to creativity. This also means that hospitality students get a chance to intern at some of the finest companies in the world, gaining valuable experience.