Les Roches Marbella International School of Hotel Management
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Les Roches Marbella International School of Hotel Management (part of Laureate International Universities) is a private university located in the Mediterranean coastal city of Marbella, Spain. The school specializes in undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in hospitality management related fields. All courses are delivered entirely in English to an on-campus student body that consists of approximately 430 students representing over 50 different countries around the world. In addition there are 400 more students carrying out professional internships in hotels in Spain and abroad throughout the academic year.
In 2010, Les Roches Marbella was voted by the hospitality industry as the best school in Spain for preparing students for an international career in hospitality management. This was the conclusion of a broad industry survey among a large sample of hiring managers from international hospitality companies around the world, conducted by Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS) Travel & Tourism (U.K.), the world’s largest provider of custom research and analysis. The primary purpose of this survey was to establish the relative ‘ranking’ of the various hospitality management schools who provide university-level programmes in Spain and from which international hospitality companies are likely to recruit staff.
The history of Les Roches Marbella starts in the Swiss Alps in 1954, with the formation of Ecole des Roches, an international boarding school for young people. In 1979 the original school changed its name to Les Roches Hotel & Tourism School and became the first hotel management school in Switzerland to teach all courses in English. Later, in 1995, Les Roches Marbella was founded as the first Swiss School of Hotel Management and Tourism in Spain. Since its inception, Les Roches Marbella has experienced significant growth in the demand in Spain for university studies in international hospitality management and in 1996 it inaugurated its current campus with facilities purposefully designed to educate and train students for a career in hospitality management.
Since 2003, the school been a member of Laureate International Universities, a division of Laureate Education, Inc. a global network that includes 69 accredited universities in 29 countries, training more than 740,000 students worldwide.
In 2004, Les Roches Marbella became the first school in Spain to receive institutional accreditation from the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) in the United States. NEASC is one of six regional accrediting associations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Later in 2004, the campus continued its expansion with the addition of several classrooms, an a la carte restaurant and adjoining kitchen operation, as well as doubling its on campus residence capacity and recreational areas.
The university has two main degree program divisions; the undergraduate program in hospitality management, and the postgraduate programs. The undergraduate options include the Les Roches Hotel Management Diploma (3 years) and the Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality (3.5 years). These undergraduate courses focus on developing hotel, restaurant, and service industry operations and administration skill sets. As part of the undergraduate programs, students complete a total of three internships in international hospitality organizations - amounting to 18 months of work experience over three years. As a member of Laureate International Universities, the school also offers international transfer opportunities to branch campuses located in Switzerland, China, Australia and the United States.
The Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality program follows the same structure as the Les Roches Hotel Management Diploma, but with an additional two semesters. During the final year of the BBA degree program, students may choose a specialization in Entrepreneurship, Events Management, and Resort Management.
The Postgraduate division offers two programs for students from diverse professional backgrounds. First, the Post Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management is a professional one year program that provides an intensive academic semester covering hotel operations, administration and general business courses. It is designed for people who already have a university degree or diploma and would like to redirect their careers into the international hospitality industry. Integrated into the program is operational management craft-based training in culinary arts, food and beverage as well as rooms division. The program culminates with a second semester that includes a management training internship in international hospitality establishments.
The Post Graduate Diploma in Golf Management is designed for professionals who wish to refocus their careers in the various specialized fields within the golf industry. This one year program includes an academic semester during which, students complete theory and practical classes (13 theoretical and 2 practical core subjects). The academic semester is followed by a practical training semester with an internship in golf field operations at industry related establishments worldwide.
- Les Roches Hotel Management Diploma (3 years)
- Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality (3.5 years)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Hospitality management (1 year)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Golf management(1 year)
Les Roches Marbella International School of Hotel Management facilities include:
- Auditorium (capacity for 170 students).
- 23 classrooms, including:
- 15 classrooms with audiovisual technology (25-35 students)
- 4 meeting and conference rooms (10-15 students)
- Computer lab
- Demonstration kitchen classroom
- Demonstration bar classroom
- Demonstration front office classroom
- Study areas
- Student club
- Library and media center
- Wireless (Wi-Fi) Internet access
- Language laboratory
- 3 restaurants
- 3 fully equipped kitchens, each built with its own F&B concept and pastry areas
- A 9-hole putting green
- Parking facilities
- Printing and laundry facilities
- Student residence
Les Roches Marbella International School of Hotel Management was the first school in Spain, in 2004, to receive institutional accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in the United States which is one of the six regional accreditation associations for quality assurance recognized by the US Department of Education. Les Roches Marbella is accredited at the CTCI level.
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All graduates of Les Roches Marbella are eligible to become members of the Alumni Association. The association, consisting of over 3,000 graduates worldwide, provides news and employment opportunities to members as well as useful networking resources. In addition, annual Alumni reunions are organized both on the school's campus as well as abroad.