On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, the graduates of the Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality (SSTH) in Passug proudly accepted their coveted diplomas. Each now holds a Swiss Professional Degree in Hospitality Management. The graduates will carry the Swiss values acquired during their education – quality, care and hospitality – out into the world, and their professionalism will shape the future of the hotel and gastronomy industry.

21 new professionals for the hotel and gastronomy industry
A total of 21 graduates completed the three-year German-language curriculum for the Swiss Professional Degree program at SSTH in Passug. Four others earned their degrees in the similarly structured English-language track. With a final grade of 5.62, Priska Berner from Unterkulm finished at the top of the class in the German track, and Cemil Dalyan of Turkey received that same honor in the English track with a final grade of 5.0.  The 21 new hotel and gastronomy professionals received their diplomas in a ceremony attended by Ueli Schneider (Education Director for hotelleriesuisse and member of the SSTH administrative board), Martin Michel (Deputy Head of the Office for Higher Education) and Werner Nef (HOTELA customer consultant).

“The hotel business remains a people business”
Michael Hartmann, Managing Director of SSTH, congratulated the graduates, and taking a cue from the Lausanne Report, a trend compendium recently published by the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), ventured a look into the future of the hotel industry. The SSTH is currently facing the fundamental question of what skills a hotel management school should teach in the future. The market is in flux, but in spite of increasing digitalization, the hotel industry will always be a “people business.” That is why the SSTH intends to increasingly promote empathic and emotional competencies in order to meet future market demands.
SSTH Dean Ulrike Kuhnhenn is convinced that the students grew both professionally and personally during their training in Passugg and will be able to use what they have learned to master the challenges of the future. They stepped on stage as students and exited as graduates, diplomas in hand. “These diplomas make you representatives of your profession. But it’s your heartfelt passion for the work that shows you that you have found your purpose!”  

Highly sought-after managers thanks to their practice-based training
The Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality trains management staff for the hotel and catering sector. The “Swiss Professional Degree in Hospitality Management” is accredited by the federal framework for professional colleges as a tertiary training program. The degree enjoys a high reputation in the sector, as it stands for a diverse range of managerial skills in strategic and operative aspects coupled with solid and extensive practical knowledge. This high degree of professional insight and acumen opens the door to exciting careers, both at home and abroad. And the learning doesn’t have to end here! SSTH students can always return to Passugg in the future should they wish to upgrade their degree to the Bachelor’s awarded by the EHL parent organization.

The new graduates from the German track at the SSTH in Passugg, celebrating their success:

The new graduates from the English track at the SSTH in Passugg, celebrating their success:

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