EHL Hospitality Business School, Swiss Excellence Award

EHL Hospitality Business School, Swiss Excellence Award

In Switzerland, the prestigious EHL Hospitality Business School, formerly known as Ecole hotelière de Lausanne, has opened a very modern campus. We have been training future leaders in the luxury industry since 1893.

“For you tonight, Thurgo sauteed shrimp, bulgur, hazelnuts and chives.” In the quiet décor of Berceau des Sens, the starred app restaurant at the hotel school in Lausanne, Switzerland, the choreography for the preparatory year students is subtle. They do everything from dressage to food – the puff pastry is delicious – to the sommelier. In the kitchens, the others are supervised by six chefs. “Tonight, the goal is to leave you at the most complete independence”Teacher Lionel Sofer warned in English a few hours earlier.

“International showcase of Swiss knowledge”Ignazio Cassis, President

Born in 1893 in a room at the Hotel d’Angleterre, on the banks of Lake Geneva, the institution has been transformed into a business school that trains the elite of management, finance, welfare or services. This is attested by the name change – EHL Hospitality Business School – and the new campus still under construction that opened on July 8, after five years of work and an investment of CHF250 million. The school, founded on the heights of the Olympic city since 1975, welcomes 3,800 students of 127 nationalities – the French make up 17% of the group, behind the Swiss. The campus, sober, all in length, makes you dream: a swimming pool, an educational botanical garden and even…a sushi bar. Best Management University for Hospitality and Leisure Professions in the QS Ranking since 2019, President of the Swiss Confederation Ignazio Cassis, at the opening ceremony, welcomed “International showcase of Swiss knowledge”which became a diplomatic cog.

The extension of the EHL Hospitality Business School campus in Lausanne cost CHF 250 million.

Baccalaureate reform hurts French students

Of the 1,800 candidates, 600 were accepted in September. He is selected on file, and the school also examines openness, inclinations, and behavior. Doing sports is mandatory at school. This poses a problem with French students. “Reform allows students to come to us without doing the math, it’s amazing”Sorry, Juan Perillon. It is still necessary to be able to fund studies. For foreigners, the four-year cost is around 173,000 euros, not including on-campus accommodation. Since the school is recognized by the federal state, the tuition costs for the Swiss are around 85,000 euros. Currently, between 250 and 300 students hold EHL scholarships or honorary loans. In terms of social openness, the school has a lot to do, even if not all students are “sons”. “We don’t have a quantified target, but we’re working on it because it’s not our strength yet”, admits Enas Bilal. Marie, 18, French student, philosopher: Studying here is an investment.

The best teachers working in France

EHL, which also has a campus in Singapore, relies on practice to form “hand intelligence”According to Juan Perillon, Director of the Academic Office. receive in “Class”: The entrance is huge without walls, like a hotel reception. Three years prior to the Bachelor in Hospitality Management – master programme, students have a preparatory year (AP) consisting of modules where they are trained in hotel know-how (oenology, baking, etc.) and a six-year training. Month. Then, the courses are those of the Business School: Accounting, Management… “Students need to understand what is happening at all levels of the scale”, sums up Aymeric Le Vot, former deputy director of the restaurant Alain Ducasse on Plaza Athénée, in Paris, and now a manager at Berceau des Sens. An eminent master, represented the school’s 185 teachers: the best workers in France, ex-chefs and management experts.

“Our solid knowledge and hotel management sets us apart. This approach enriches our financial or marketing cycles”Inas Bilal, Executive Dean of EHL Hospitality Business School

So, hotel school? from management? “The role we take is that of a business school. If we focus on the customer experience, our job is to anticipate needsHospitality Industry Sponsorship »Juan Perillon explains. “The consolidation of knowledge and hotel management enriches our financial or marketing courses”, continues Enas Bilal, Executive Dean. Here, 96% of students have a job within a year of graduating. Half of them join the hospitality sector and 20% join luxury or real estate.

Joe “Top Chef”

The scents of celery, vinegar and spice collide. Facing the Alps, in a kitchen with large windows, Cyrille Lecossois oversees the R&D workshop. Students make a dish using a plant-based alternative to tuna, fona. “Ideas and creation are. I am artistic”, explains the 50-year-old Fogg. In aprons, Delphine and Leah, 21, make vegan quinoa sushi mixed with fresh cheese and caramelized vanilla papaya. Sasha, an 18-year-old Parisian, stuffs pasta with onions and fennel. “It is a very prestigious course where you do the cooking and the business plans. There is an intellectual and practical side”Excitement for anyone who wants to work in finance.

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Sasha and Louis are in prep. Here, in the research and development unit led by Cyrille Lecossois.

In Mixology, Marie, Joseph, and Camilla play witch apprentices. Gin and basil… “It’s fun but it’s nothing but improvisation”A roaring shaker watches Roberto Bertinetti, 43, who leads the workshop. After tasting and judging their cocktails—heaven and delicious basil—the students invent the flavor of the day. Tonight, they run the bar next door to the Berceau des Sens. “Which color? So strong?…”assaulting the teacher.

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Marie, Joseph and Camilla in the preparatory year. Here in the Mixology unit supervised by Roberto Bertinetti.

Strict dress code and gender neutrality

On the discipline side, “We are graduating from everything“A student slips. “Your apron is not ironed, get out.” Being late to the kitchen costs you points. “You always have to be on top. This is to stand out, to adapt and not show that there is a problem.Clementine, a smiling 22-year-old from Lyon, is a graduate who joined the marketing department of the watchmaker Hublot in August. During her internship, she managed the opening of La Samaritaine in Paris as a VIP area manager in the presence of Emmanuel Macron. For clothing – men in shirts, women in suits, gray suits and blue headgear for access points – the school was set up at the end of 2021 a “Non-gender dress code” This allows each student to choose the appropriate outfit that they feel best.

Le Berceau des Sens is a Michelin-starred educational app restaurant at the EHL Hospitality Business School in Lausanne.
Le Berceau des Sens is a Michelin-starred educational app restaurant at the EHL Hospitality Business School in Lausanne.

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