International Recognition For University Of Derby Hospitality Graduates

3 February 2012

Students enjoying their graduation

Students from the Swiss Education Group enjoying their Graduation

Graduation ceremonies are always a highlight of the academic calendar and a very proud occasion for students, their families and University staff. We're delighted that our partnership with the Swiss Education Group continues to thrive, as it enables us to provide students interested in a career within the industry with access to high quality degrees that focus on a combination of academic and work based learning.

Sarah Rawlinson, Assistant Dean of the School of Culture and Lifestyle

The University of Derby's Chris Hughes, Professor Liz Barnes and Sarah Rawlinson

The University of Derby's Chris Hughes, Professor Liz Barnes and Sarah Rawlinson

The University of Derby continues to build its international reputation following the graduation of its hospitality, events and tourism students from the Swiss Hotel Management School and the IHTTI School of Hotel Management in Switzerland.

The 148 BA (Hons) and Masters students came from 48 different countries, including China, Russia and Indonesia to study. They were joined at the two ceremonies by University of Derby Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Liz Barnes, Assistant Dean of the School of Culture and Lifestyle Sarah Rawlinson, and Chair of the Governing Council Chris Hughes.

This latest graduation marks the University's ongoing partnership with the Swiss Hotel Management School (SHMS) and IHTTI School of Hotel Management, both part of the world's leading hospitality education network, the Swiss Education Group.

Sarah Rawlinson said: "Graduation ceremonies are always a highlight of the academic calendar and a very proud occasion for students, their families and University staff. We're delighted that our partnership with the Swiss Education Group continues to thrive, as it enables us to provide students interested in a career within the industry with access to high quality degrees that focus on a combination of academic and work based learning."

The Swiss Hotel Management School opened its Leysin Campus in 1994 and its centre has been developed as a 'learning resort' for its programmes, delivered in association with the University of Derby.

Its reputation for excellence is based on an intensive academic programme and curriculum which includes internships in Switzerland or around the world.

IHTTI School of Hotel Management is one of Switzerland's leading hotel management schools and is located in the centre of the historic university city of Neuch√Ętel and the Jura mountains.

Both of the schools' overall vision is to develop, in association with the University of Derby and others, a university institution concentrating on the service delivery sector concerned with tourism and hospitality and its management at diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Emanuel Donhauser, Executive Academic Director at the Swiss Education Group, added: "We're delighted that after so many years our partnership with the University of Derby continues to generate such high calibre graduates. We believe they now have the desired skills and work experience to successfully forge careers in what is a very exciting and rewarding industry."

For further information on the University of Derby and its partnership with the Swiss Education Group visit www.derby.ac.uk/partnerships . For information on the Swiss Education Group visit www.swisseducation.com

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