Swiss school opens doors to industry

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 August, 2007, 12:00am

With an increase in business travel, leisure time and disposable income, opportunities in hotel, tourism, sports and entertainment are developing like never before.

These dynamic hospitality sectors are the largest employers in the world, including Hong

Kong and China, with growth forecast to continue in the coming decades.

If you want to join this exciting industry and wish to acquire globally recognised skills and qualifications, the Glion Institute of Higher Education, a hospitality school in Switzerland, may be your ideal choice.

HKCEE graduates posed these questions about studying at the school:

I am a Form Five graduate. How can I enrol in your institute?

You can start with our 31/2 year degree, either on hospitality management or event, sport and entertainment management. It is open to students aged 17 or above, who obtained an English level equivalent to International English Language Testing System 5.0.

Although the HKCEE results are not our prime consideration, we regard your academic and extra-curricular performance and your personality as part of our criteria.

What is the path to get a bachelor's degree?

Upon completion of the 31/2-year seven-semester programme, during two of which students have to complete two six-month industry internships, you will obtain a bachelor's degree in business administration or bachelor of arts degree. While you must choose one of the academic paths (hospitality management and event, sport & entertainment management) when you enter Glion, you have the option of transferring programmes after the first semester. You must choose one specialisation track during semester six to complete your degree.

What subjects are available for me to choose from?

We provide two bachelor's programmes: Hospitality management and event, sport & entertainment management. Our training focuses on three aspects: professional development, entrepreneurship and general education. We also emphasise hands-on and practical learning in management. While the language of instruction is English, students have to learn either French or German as a third language.

Is the institute widely recognised worldwide?

Yes. Glion has gained both academic and industry recognition over the years. It is accredited at university level by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in the United States. With the recognition of NEASC, Glion students can further their studies at another university with transferable credits.

What are the job opportunities upon graduation?

There's a wide range of career opportunities in the hospitality industry for Glion graduates as their performance has been highly approved by employers over the years.

They can choose to pursue positions in one of the following sectors: hospitality and food service, tourism, entertainment and leisure, journalism, marketing, and many more.

What are the school fees and accommodation costs?

The total cost for a 31/2-year degree is about HK$907,200. This includes tuition fees, accommodation costs, school materials and health insurance. Fees can be paid by installments each semester.

Students do not pay school fees during their internships, during which they receive a salary from their employees. (This information is subject to change according to the renewal of school policy.)

When should I apply?

As early as possible. Our programme is very popular with those who wish to pursue a career in the hospitality industry, so there are many applications every year. Glion takes students from all over the world, but only reserves 10 to 15 places for Hong Kong students. Those interested in our programme should not wait until the last minute, since it takes some time to process applications and student visas.

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