Glion Institute of Higher Education
|Motto||More than a degree, it's a career-maker|
|Type||For profit School|
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Glion Institute of Higher Education is a hospitality management school with two campuses in Switzerland and a campus in London, UK. The school offers bachelor's degrees in hospitality management or event, sport & entertainment management, an MSc and MBA with hybrid options, Online MBA and executive certificates. Summer programs and English programs are also offered on campus.
- 1 History
- 2 Academic programs
- 3 Key Facts & Figures
- 4 Accreditation
- 5 Quality Assurance
- 6 Rankings
- 7 Campuses
- 8 Alumni Association
- 9 Key Dates
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Glion Institute of Higher Education was founded by Walter Hunziker and Frédéric Tissot. The original name of the school, where courses were delivered in French, was the Institut International de Glion. The campus was built in the renovated Grand Hôtel Bellevue for a first class composed of 15 students from 5 countries. The campus site was chosen for its location and view. Glion evolved through different management structures and names such as the Centre International de Glion (CIG) of 1977, the Glion Hotel School, and became Glion Institute of Higher Education in 2002. In the mid 1980s, the student body and staff had grown and it became necessary to move. The close town of Bulle was chosen for the new campus which was completed in 1989. In 1995, Glion put in place a new bachelor's degree program based on the American system of university programs. Under the American system, new programs were introduced offering specialisation tracks for Hospitality Management, Tourism, Finance and Human Resources.
In 2001, Glion introduced a sports management program which became the Event, Sport and Entertainment program in 2007. The university received accreditation by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
In 2002, Glion became part of Laureate Education Inc. which in Switzerland also coordinates administration of Les Roches International School of Hotel Management.
In 2013, Glion opened a new campus in London on the existing site of Whitelands College of the University of Roehampton. Glion London delivers a Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality Management, a BBA in Event, Sport & Entertainment, an MBA in International Hospitality and Service Industries Management, a Postgraduate Diploma in Hospitality Administration, a two-week Summer Academy and English Language Programs.
In March 2016 Eurazeo announced the signing of an agreement under which Eurazeo will acquire the Glion Institute of Higher Education and Les Roches International School of Hotel Management from Laureate Education for a total transaction value of CHF 380m.
Glion Institute of Higher Education offers undergraduate, postgraduate and graduate programs. The degree tracks include hospitality management or event, sport and entertainment with a variety of specializations.
The Bachelor Degrees in Hospitality Management, or Event, Sport and Entertainment Management are 3.5-year degree programs that educate students in operations, business administration, general education and include two internship semesters of industry training.
Glion offers an English language program in Switzerland and London and a summer program at the Glion branch campus in London, UK. The Glion London Summer Academy is a two-week program that introduces students to hospitality management and event management principles through academic classes, activities and excursions, and an event planning project. The English language program at Glion aims to help students raise their level of English to meet the admissions requirements for the undergraduate or postgraduate programs.
The Postgraduate Diploma/Higher Diploma in Hospitality Administration/Management offers operational and administrative management courses which are validated by a 6-month internship. The same postgraduate program structure exists for the Event, Sport and Entertainment track.
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) in International Hospitality & Service Industries Management has two specializations: Leadership or Marketing. In 2014, the MBA began offering a hybrid (50% online, 50% on-site) option. The Master of Science in International Hospitality Finance program covers the principles of financial management in the hospitality industry and is delivered on campus during 6 months, followed by 6 months of online courses.  The Online MBA in International Hospitality & Service Industries Management offers specializations in General Management for Service Industries, Marketing and Innovation, Asset and Revenue Management as well as a Self Designed option. The program has five intakes per year and requires candidates to have significant management experience.
Starting in October 2014, the graduate school began offering Executive Certificates in Leadership, Marketing and Finance. These programs can be taken entirely online over a period of 24 weeks, or they can be accelerated with a 4-day residency plus 4 weeks of online courses.
Key Facts & Figures
- On graduation day, 82% of Glion students are employed or have multiple job offers on graduation day.
- 35% of bachelor's degree graduates go on to Management Training programs, a fast-track to a leadership role.
- Glion students receive 4.7 internship offers per student, per semester, for Switzerland and abroad.
- 60% of Glion Alumni are General Managers/ Directors/ Executives or Owners.
- 98 nationalities are represented on the three campuses.
Glion Institute of Higher Education is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Glion is also recognized by the Swiss Cantonal authorities for the Canton of Fribourg where Glion delivers its degrees.
On 14 June 2016, the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education approved the sale of Glion Institute of Higher Education to Eurazeo. In approving the change of ownership, the Commission applied its Program of Special Monitoring to the College. The Program of Special Monitoring is routinely implemented by the Commission in cases of change of ownership and enables the Commission to monitor the institution’s ongoing compliance with the Standards for Accreditation.
Glion Institute of Higher Education, London (GIHE UK Ltd) has undergone a review for educational oversight by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
We have received the following judgements from QAA:
- The review panel has confidence in GIHE UK Ltd's management of its responsibilities for the quality of learning opportunities.
- The review panel concludes that reliance can be placed on the information that GIHE UK Ltd produces for its intended audiences about the learning opportunities it offers.
Glion Institute of Higher Education was ranked in 2013 among the top 3 hospitality schools worldwide for preparing students for an international career in hospitality management. The survey was conducted by Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS) Travel & Tourism (U.K.), the world’s largest provider of custom research and analysis, and targeted hiring managers from luxury international hospitality companies in 80 countries around the world.
Glion was voted Best Hospitality Management School, in the 2015 Worldwide Hospitality Awards in Paris.
Glion Institute of Higher Education comprises campuses in 3 different locations:
Overlooking the city of Montreux, the Glion campus has a view of the Swiss Riviera and the French and Swiss Alps. Glion campus has culinary and restaurant facilities. The Glion campus has four student-run restaurants, TV and entertainment lounges, a fitness center and gymnasium.
The Bulle campus is located in the town of Bulle in the Gruyère region. The university style campus was designed for the academic courses of the graduate programs and upper-level undergraduate students.
The Bulle campus has a library and study area. Campus facilities include a catered restaurant and student lounge. The new residence buildings on Bulle campus were built responding to the Swiss “minergie P” standards.
The Glion London Downshire building is located on the site of Roehampton University, in Southwest London. Glion London is the first Swiss hospitality institute located in the UK. Students have access to the resources of the University of Roehampton.
Glion Institute of Higher Education has over 12,000 alumni working in more than 150 countries around the world. The Alumni Association of Glion or Association des Anciens de Glion (AAG) is the official networking community for Glion graduates.
1962 Founded as the hotel school “Institut International de Glion” 
1977 Changes name to “Centre International de Glion”
1985 Founding member of the Swiss Hotel Schools Association
1989 Opens Bulle campus
2000 Starts the master’s program and launches new bachelor's degree programs
2001 Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in the United States
2001 Creates Event, Sports and Entertainment program
2002 Changes name to ‘‘Glion Institute of Higher Education’’
2002 Becomes a part of Laureate Hospitality Education, a division of Laureate Education, Inc. Based in Baltimore (USA), Laureate is the largest network of international universities in the world, managing more than 80 universities in 28 countries and includes more than 1,000,000 students
2006 Transferred university-level of accreditation from the Commission on Technical and Career Institutions to the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in the United States
2007 Ranked by hiring managers among the top three hospitality management schools in the world for an international career (TNS Global Survey, 2007)
2010 Launches the first online MBA in International Hospitality and Service Industries Management
2010 Ranked among the top hospitality management schools worldwide (TNS Global Survey, 2010)
2011 Launches 100% online postgraduate and professional development certificate and diploma programs
2012 Celebrates 50-year anniversary
2013 Opens new branch campus in London 
2013 Ranked by industry hiring managers of luxury hotels among the top three hospitality management schools in the world for an international
career (TNS Global Survey, 2013) 
2014 Launches multicampus options for undergraduate and postgraduate programs, offering student mobility between campuses in Switzerland and London, UK
2015 Introduces a new specialization for the bachelor in hospitality management program focusing on Luxury Brand Management, in partnership with Domus Academy, Milan. On November 5, 2015, Glion Institute of Higher Education won the award for Best Hospitality Management School at the Worldwide Hospitality Awards in Paris. 
2016 In March 2016, the Glion London campus moved to a new building named Downshire house, on the campus of the University of Roehamptom. On June 15, 2016 Eurazeo acquired Glion Institute of Higher Education (Glion) and Les Roches International School of Hotel Management (Les Roches) and their interests in affiliated campuses and partners. On November 14, 2016 Glion Instititue of Higher Education won the award for Best Innovation in an Educational Program at the Worldwide Hospitality Awards in Paris. 
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