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Glion Institute of Higher Education celebrates first graduation of online MBA

Glion Institute of Higher Education, one of the world’s top three institutions of higher education for an international career in hospitality management, celebrates the inaugural graduation of its online MBA. The only institution to offer an internationally accredited 100% online Hospitality MBA, the course is designed to equip working professionals with the expertise to lead and motivate individuals, teams and organisations within a diverse and multicultural global business environment.

The online MBA in International Hospitality and Service Industries Management, designed and delivered by an international faculty of industry experts, is accredited at university master’s level by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The first graduation of the Glion Online Hospitality MBA takes place on 13 December in Bulle, Switzerland and will feature industry guest speaker Jacqueline Volkart, Glion Online MBA graduate and GM of the Ritz Carlton Miami, winner of Miami Dade’s 2013 Sustainability Award.

“The inaugural graduation of the Glion Online Hospitality MBA is a landmark occasion for both the hospitality and education sectors alike,” said Michael Huckaby, interim CEO of Glion. “As the only institution to offer an MBA in Hospitality Management that is both fully online and internationally accredited, we are proud to be paving the way for the hospitality industry through the nurturing and development of its future leaders. In a world that is rapidly being changed by technology, a 100% online programme delivers the quality, versatility and innovation demanded by today’s busy lifestyles and growing ambitions.”

Almost all Glion Online students and graduates are employed full-time in the hospitality and services industry and many have received promotions or exciting job opportunities while still in the programme. The Online Hospitality MBA offers students the flexibility to both work and study simultaneously. The programme comprises seven core courses, including modules such as Hospitality, Services and E-Marketing; Managerial Finance and Accounting; Human Resources Management; and Global Strategic Management. In addition, MBA students study three elective courses, with options including Marketing and Innovation; Property and Asset Management and Sustainability. The MBA is completed with a dissertation or to Applied Business Project.

Glion works closely with the hospitality and tourism industries to prepare students to meet their current needs. Over 50 representatives from the hospitality industry, including highly reputed brands such as Mandarin Oriental, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, InterContinental, Four Seasons, Marriott and Hyatt, visit Glion to recruit from its graduating class. Glion Online graduates are part of the more than 9,000 members of its global alumni network.

Other exciting new developments at Glion include the addition of Glion London, which opened August 2013 and illustrates the growing demand for hospitality professionals around the world. The new London campus extends the reach of Glion’s Swiss hospitality education programmes to students and industry leaders in the UK. Initially offering a Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality Management and a Postgraduate Diploma in Hospitality Administration, Glion London is located on the campus of the University of Roehampton in South West London, providing students with access to the facilities and resources of a large university community.  It will also serve as the centre for Glion’s growing Executive Education offerings.

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