Glion Institute of Higher Education

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Glion Institute of Higher Education
Glion Institute of Higher Education Global Logo.jpg
Motto More than a degree, it's a career-maker
Established September 1962
Type Private School
President Judy Hou, CEO
Academic staff
Students 1852 (2014)
Location Glion, Switzerland

Glion Institute of Higher Education is a hospitality business school with two campuses in Switzerland and a Glion London campus in the 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. Multicampus programs, summer programs and English programs are offered on the Glion London campus.


Hotel Bellevue
Hotel Bellevue
Hotel Bellevue
Hotel Bellevue

Opened in the fall of 1962 in the former Bellevue Hotel, Glion was the first private, university-level Swiss hotel management school.[1]

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.[2] Glion is member of the Swiss Hotel Association.[3]

In 2013, Glion opened a new campus in London on the existing site of Whiteland College of the University of Roehampton. Glion London delivers a Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality Management, a Postgraduate Diploma in Hospitality Administration, a two-week Summer Academy and English Language Programs.

Academic programs[edit]

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 and entrance/exit-points. Glion is accredited at university level by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) for the United States Department of Education.[4]

Undergraduate Degrees[edit]

The Bachelor Degrees in Hospitality Management, or Event, Sport and Entertainment Management are 3.5-year degree programs that educate students in operations management, business administration, general education and include two, 6-month internship periods of industry training. [5]

Postgraduate Degrees[edit]

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. [6]

Graduate Degrees[edit]

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 and a professional track with internship. 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. [6] The Online MBA in International Hospitality & Service Industries Management is offered in collaboration with Laureate Higher Education Group (LHEG), a provider of online services to more than 35,000 masters and Ph.D students worldwide. The Glion Online MBA 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.[7] [7]

Executive Education[edit]

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. [8]

Key Facts & Figures[edit]

  • On graduation day, 85% of Glion graduates are employed or have multiple job offers.
  • 37% of bachelor's degree graduates go on to Management Training programs, a fast-track to a leadership role.
  • Glion students receive 5.5 internship offers per student, per semester, for Switzerland and abroad.
  • 65% of Glion Alumni are General Managers/ Directors/ Executives or Owners.
  • 94% of Glion students are international students.
  • 89 nationalities are represented on the three campuses.[9]

Partnerships and Research[edit]

Since 2009, key faculty of LRG-UAS and Glion Institute of Higher Education manage the Swiss Tourism Applied Research (STAR) activities involving participants from industry and academia at both international and community levels of delivery. STAR conducts consultancy projects, develops economic models, and creates industry standards related to legislation.[10][11]


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.[12]
Glion is also recognized by the Swiss Cantonal authorities for the Canton of Fribourg where Glion delivers its degrees.


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.[13]


Glion Campus, Glion Institute of Higher Education
Glion Campus

Glion Campus[edit]

Overlooking the city of Montreux, the Glion campus has a view of the Swiss Riviera and the French and Swiss Alps.[14] Glion campus has culinary and restaurant facilities. The Glion campus has four student-run restaurants, TV and entertainment lounges, a fitness center and gymnasium.

Bulle Campus
Bulle Campus

Bulle Campus[edit]

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.[15]

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.[16]

London Campus
London Campus

London Campus[edit]

The Glion London campus 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.[17]

Alumni Association[edit]

Glion Institute of Higher Education has over 10,000 alumni working in more than 100 countries around the world.[18] The Alumni Association of Glion or Association des Anciens de Glion (AAG) is the official networking community for Glion graduates.

Key Dates[edit]

1885 The Bellevue and Belvédère Hotel opens
1962 Opening of The "Institut International de Glion" hotel school with some 15 students from five countries.
1964 Creation of the Alumni Association
1977 The name changes to "Centre International de Glion" (CIG).
1985 Glion is a founding member of the newly formed Swiss Hotel Schools Association ASEH.
1989 Opening of Bulle campus.
1993 The first franchising contract is signed with The European Centre for Tourism Studies, Corfu, Greece.
1995 Introduction of the first Bachelor's degree.
2000 Start of the Endicott's Master of Education programme.
2001 The School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Extension of the residential facilities on Bulle Campus with the opening of the Residence Raymond Jaussi.
2002 Opening of Glion Sports Management School on the Glion campus. Creation of Glion Institute of Higher Education which regroups both Schools (Glion Hotel School and Glion Sports Management School).
2008 Les Roches-Gruyère University of Applied Sciences achieves Swiss Federal government recognition and recruits its first students at Bulle and Les Roches-Bluche.
2010 Bill Clinton (42nd President of the United States) became Honorary Chancellor of Laureate International Universities.
2010 GIHE launches the first online MBA in International Hospitality Management.[19]
2012 A new Master of Science in International Hospitality Finance is offered on Bulle campus.[20]
2013 Glion London opens its doors to students for the Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality Management and the Postgraduate Diploma in Hospitality Administration, with the same curriculum and accreditation as the flagship campus in Switzerland.[21]
2014 Judy Hou became CEO of Glion Institute of Higher Education
2014 Glion wins 2014 IAIR Award in the category of Best Company for Leadership in Higher Education, Europe, during a ceremony at the Palazzo Mezzanotte in Milan, Italy, on Oct. 10.
2014 Glion offers new programs including Multicampus programs which allow undergraduate and postgraduate students to experience all three Glion campuses, in Switzerland and the UK. Glion’s Online MBA school begins offering Executive Certificates and Residencies in Finance, Marketing and Leadership.


  1. ^ "Glion Institute of Higher Education". 
  2. ^ [1], Laureate Hospitality Education network.
  3. ^ Members extract
  4. ^ [2], New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
  5. ^ [3], Glion Undergraduate Degrees.
  6. ^ [4], Glion Postgraduate Degrees.
  7. ^ [5], Glion Graduate Degrees.
  8. ^ [6], Glion Executive Educations.
  9. ^ [7], Glion Fact Sheet.
  10. ^ [8], Glion Research Papers.
  11. ^ [9], Research Bulletin.
  12. ^ [10], NEASC Accreditation.
  13. ^ "Glion Institute of Higher Education". 
  14. ^ "Glion Institute of Higher Education Universities Handbook". 
  15. ^ [11], Bulle Campus.
  16. ^ [12], Glion Sustainability.
  17. ^ [13], Glion London, Campus of Reohampton.
  18. ^ [14], Alumni Association Website.
  19. ^
    [15], Glion Press Room.
  20. ^ [16], Master of Science in International Hospitality Finance.
  21. ^ [17], Glion London.

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