Glion Online MBA: Combining Tradition and Innovation

More than 50 years ago, Glion Institute of Higher Education began a tradition of excellence in hospitality management education which now continues in online programs for professionals.

In 1962, Glion Hotel School was just a small hotel management school. Using the traditional methods of Swiss hotel management education – hands-on learning, internships and management theory – Glion established a solid reputation for academic quality and professionalism. Over the next few decades, the school trained and created generations of global leaders. Glion Alumni now number 11,000 spread over 150 countries, 79% of whom are in executive and senior management positions, not only in the hotel and tourism sector but also in finance, consulting services, luxury brands or events.

Pioneers in MBA and Postgraduate Programs for Hospitality

Starting in 2000, Glion Institute of Higher Education (GIHE) expanded its academic offer with master programs and pioneered event and sport management programs. In 2003, Glion launched an MBA in International Hospitality and Service Industries Management. Additionally, GIHE began offering postgraduate programs for mature students and professionals to enter the industry with fundamental skills and knowledge.

As hospitality managers faced new challenges in the growth of technology and globalization, the old hospitality career model of “working your way up” became sorely inadequate. A talent-gap grew between operational management skills and higher, strategic management skills, thereby creating industry demand for graduate programs for hospitality professionals and managers.

Glion Online MBA – A Phenomenal Success Story

In 2010, GIHE launched the first online MBA in hospitality. It became an immediate success, allowing industry professionals a chance to gain a recognized degree without losing their career momentum or being forced to sacrifice their personal life. The demand for this program exceeded expectations as seasoned industry professionals from countries around the world filled each of the four intakes per year.

Listen to Mark as he talks about is experience in the Online MBA and how it changed his career.

Five years after launch, the Glion Online MBA enrols 500 professionals working in more than 85 countries; the average student age is 34 with 12 years of industry experience and nearly 85% of them are working in middle-management, director or GM positions.

New Executive Certificates and Residencies 

Seeing such a strong demand for online education, Glion’s Online MBA Faculty now offers new Executive Certificates in Leadership, Marketing or Finance with residency options.  These executive programs provide a quicker, targeted way to complete the modules of the Online MBA. The executive certificates would normally take 24 weeks to complete entirely online, but the residency cuts the module time significantly to only 4 days on site with the remainder done over 5 weeks online. This shortened program makes it possible for busy executives to take just a short break for intensely targeted training in the area of their choice.  In 2015, GIHE will be hosting residencies in Dubai and Glion London.

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