27 students of the Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality received their diploma on Thursday, 24 May 2018. Now they hold the title of "Dipl. Hôtelière-Restauratrice/Hôtelier-Restaurateur HF". 23 completed the study program in German and 4 in English. 21 students are from Switzerland, 6 are international students from China, Germany, Holland, Russia, USA and Zimbabwe. The graduation speech was given by Christoph Maximilian Schlatter, President of the St. Moritz Hoteliers Association.

27 new professionals for the hospitality and gastronomy industry
During three years the 23 graduates of the German and the 4 graduates of the English study program have completed the Swiss Professional Degree “dipl. Hôtelière-Restauratrice / Hôtelier-Restaurateur HF” at the SSTH in Passugg. Manuela Villinger from Zollikon was the best student in the German course with a final grade of 5.5, Gustav Menet from Gais also received the coveted award in the English program with a final grade of 5.5. For the first time, one "Student of the Year" was awarded per course, the prizes went to Samuel Frei from Unterstammheim ZH and Stacey Weber from Zimbabwe. In the presence of Ueli Schneider (member of the board of directors of the SSTH, hotelleriesuisse), Martin Michel (deputy head of higher education), Christoph Maximilian Schlatter (Hotel Laudinella St. Moritz) and Werner Nef (HOTELA), the 27 new professionals for the hospitality and gastronomy industry received their prized diploma.

"Take your chance in a rapidly changing and complex world!"
Ulrike Kuhnhenn, Rector of the SSTH, congratulated the graduates at the beginning of the ceremony. She told amusing anecdotes from their study lives and congratulated them on their performance. The first cohort with the new curriculum has given SSTH a new face and carried everyone along with their innovative ideas. It ended with a quote from Meister Eckhart: "It is time to start something new and trust the magic of the beginnings”. Christoph Maximilian Schlatter from the Hotel Laudinella in St. Moritz also called on the new alumni to recognize opportunities in a rapidly changing and complex world and to weigh the dangers less strongly. He drew a comparison with companies such as Uber, AirBnB or Whatsapp, which did not yet exist 10 years ago. Hospitality is the industry with the greatest growth and offers attractive career prospects. SSTH wishes its newest graduates all the best for their start into this professional world and hopes that they will join the alumni family with over 5’000 members and stay in touch with Passugg.

Managers in demand thanks to practical training
SSTH trains managers for the hospitality and gastronomy industry. The course of studies "dipl. Hôtelière-Restauratrice / dipl. Hôtelier-Restaurateur HF" is federally recognized and is classified as a tertiary education. The reputation of the degree in the industry is high, because it teaches versatile management competence in strategic as well as operative topics and well-founded and extensive practical knowledge. This high level of expertise opens doors to exciting careers, both nationally and internationally. No degree without connection - students of the SSTH can return to Passugg in the future to deepen their education with the EHL Bachelor.

Photo legend:

Back from left to right: Gustav Menet, Gais AR; Yan Zhang, China; Alwin Bosker, Groningen NL; Chantal Helbling, Hochdorf; Josef Dörig, Appenzell; Jan-Hendrik Weiss, Hannover; Angelika Molnar, Ebikon; Rizwan Javed, Zell ZH; Samuel Frei, Unterstammheim (ZH), Simon Hobi, St.Gallen; Marwan Abdel Rehim, Schönholzerswilen TG

Middle from left to right: Dominic Roulet, Zürich; Stacey Weber, Simbabwe; Manuela Villinger, Zollikon / Winterthur; Ann Felber, Basel BS; Stefano Lanni, Hochdorf; Lukas Schatzmann, Windisch; Fabienne Ruckstuhl, Aadorf TG; Ursina Derungs, Chur; Monika Meister, Feusisberg

Front from left to right: Nina Buess, Männedorf, Gabrielle Steiger, Flawil SG; Karina Dermenzhi, Moskau; Simone Heuberger, Wuppenau TG; Pascal Ledergerber, Waldkirch

Not on the photo but also graduated were: Andrea Casanova, Obersaxen GR; Shim Ho Lee, New Jersey (USA)

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