History, Affiliations and Rankings
In 1962, two Swiss tourism advocates established the Centre International de Glion at the Grand Hotel Bellevue, which had recently undergone renovations, for a group of 15 students from five different nations. Even after 57 years of operation, the Glion Institute of Higher Education continues to provide classic Swiss hospitality while modifying its instructional strategies to reflect the rapidly evolving business environment. Glion is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education and The International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education, but it is not recognised or approved by any federal or cantonal authority in Switzerland. According to the 2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject, Glion is placed in the Top 3 institutions worldwide for hospitality and leisure management and number 2 for employer reputation.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
Situated in Glion Sur Montreux, Switzerland, Glion Institute of Higher Education stretches across two campuses in Switzerland. The Glion main campus overlooks the city of Montreux, positioned in Glion-sur-Montreux with a panorama view of Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps whereas the Bulle Campus is stationed in the district of Gruyère. It also has a campus in London, United Kingdom. The first Swiss hospitality institution to open in the UK was Glion London (London Campus), which opened in 2013 on the premises of the University of Roehampton. It offers a Bachelor of International Hospitality Business (BBA), MScs in Finance, Real Estate & Hotel Management, Hospitality Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Luxury Management & Guest Experience, and a Dual MBA and MSc in International Hospitality Business. Glion collaborates with Grenoble Ecole de Management to deliver the one-year dual degree programme (GEM).
Accomplishments and Alumni
According to the QS World University Rankings by subject, 2018, Glion is ranked in the Top 5 global hospitality institutions, among the Top 3 Swiss hospitality management institutions, and as having the best employer reputation. At the international Hospitality Awards in 2015, it was named the Best Hospitality Management School in the World. More than 14,000 graduates of the Glion Institute of Higher Education work in a variety of fields, from private banking to luxury hospitality. Some of the famous notable alumni include Joker Xue (Chinese singer-songwriter and record producer), and Franca Lehfeldt. (Journalist), Jackie Chamoun (Alpine skier), Isoken Ogiemwonyi (Nigerian fashion entrepreneur), Maximilien de Hoop Cartier (philanthropist, entrepreneur, industrialist, and investor), etc.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
With students from all over the world, the multicultural campus surroundings are reflections of the global hospitality business. It fosters an open and accepting environment that allows its students to express themselves and acquire distinctive intercultural fluency because there is a strong gender balance and a variety of nationalities on the campuses. 1543 students from 99 different countries are present on the campus who are from diverse backgrounds. The top visiting companies are Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Marriott International, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Accor, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., Hilton, IHG Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Jumeirah Hotels & Resort, Expedia Group, Shangri-La Group, Booking.com, etc.