Passugg, 25 April 2018 - The SSTH Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality in Passugg, together with the renowned Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), has increased transparency within the EHL Group and intensified the exchange. Various new exchange programmes have been launched so that international students can also get to know the hotel industry in Graubünden, the No. 1 tourism region in Switzerland.

As members of the EHL Group, SSTH and EHL have been working even more closely together since this year to guarantee their students the best possible education. For several months now, twenty first-semester students from Lausanne have been spending a practical week in Passugg. During this week, they visit renowned hotels and develop their understanding of current hospitality concepts in group work. Over the entire spring and autumn semesters, more than 800 international students from Lausanne will get to know the hotel industry in Graubünden first hand.

From September onwards, "Dipl. Hôtelière-Restauratrice/Hôtelier-Restaurateur HF" graduates from Swiss recognised hotel management schools will be able to crown their training with a second degree by entering directly into the Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management (BSc) of EHL. The 1.5-year course is credited with 90 ECTS points. Ulrike Kuhnhenn, Academic Dean of the SSTH believes: "We are making the transition from a higher technical college to a Bachelor degree more permeable and easier, a unique opportunity to enter the ECTS endowed field of education.

After two semesters in Passugg, the Bachelor students complete their third semester on the Lausanne campus. In addition to studying with two different faculties, they will also benefit from the infrastructure and comprehensive thesis support in Lausanne. The curriculum of the programme – designed and delivered by Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) – is implemented under the full academic responsibility of EHL. The Bachelor's degree, awarded by the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO), is the only Swiss Bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management recognised by the Swiss Federal Government.

Michael Hartmann, Managing Director of SSTH, is very pleased about this close cooperation and sees the increasing link within the EHL Group as a win-win situation for all. First and foremost, of course, the students of both schools benefit by broadening their professional and cultural horizons. The SSTH's primary goals are to prepare students for a national or international hotel career and to promote multicultural understanding and exchange between Swiss and international students. The hotel industry is a people-business, and the SSTH contributes to promoting the necessary soft skills such as hospitality, interculturality, openness and passion for the industry.

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