Luxury management is an emerging sector with the market size increasing tremendously every year. Ms. Judy Hou, CEO Glion institute of Higher Education, talks about the opportunities in luxury and hospitality management sector and the new courses that students can undertake to make their future secure. Excerpts from the interview:
Q: What are the unique programmes offered by Glion Institute of Higher Education?
A: We offer a wide range of unique programmes. Let me start with the undergraduate programmes. In the undergraduate programme, we have Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management and Bachelor of Science in Events, Sports and Entertainment. Our postgraduate programmes include diploma courses that cater to career changers who are already working or have prior work experience, who look for a career transition to hospitality management sector and luxury service areas. In the graduate school, we also offer Masters programmes such as Master in Hospitality Management. We also offer online MBA in hospitality management.
For luxury management, we focus on four different components- traditional hospitality brand luxury management, luxury service industry, retail luxury management and luxury finance management.
Q: Tell us more about your online courses
A: Our online courses purely cater to working adults. We have more than 500 students enrolled for the online courses currently. The online courses help the working people to continue advancing their education without hindering their work schedule. For example, the people working at the managerial levels may not have an advanced degree in the area of hospitality management as there were very less number of institutes offering such during the period they completed their studies. We provide these working professionals an opportunity to brush up their skills and gain more industry knowledge.
We have Industry Innovation Panel with a broad range of expert members who are helping us with curriculum designing. We look ahead of the time and understand what the industry needs in future and focus on the major innovations in the hospitality sector.
Q: What is the duration of the courses you provide at Glion Institute of Higher Education?
A: The undergraduate degree is a three and a half degree course with a one-year internship. The students will be in class for two years and at work for one year. The postgraduate diploma for a career changer is one year. The online MBA duration depends on the candidate who is undertaking the course. The duration can vary from one and a half years to two years.
Q: What is the fee structure?
A: The fee structure for undergraduate courses is 35,000 USD per semester, which includes everything. The fee at London campus is slightly lesser as the students there prefer to find own accommodation. We offer fee waivers up to 30% for the exceptional students. We also have corporate sponsorships.
Q: What is the enrolment rate of international students in your institute?
A: As I told before, we have very good number of international students in our campus. We also see an increasing number of Indian student enrolment in our campuses, especially in the London campus in the recent years. Among the total number of students, around 5% are Indians.
Q: What is the admission process and criteria at Glion Institute of Higher Education for international students?
A: The international students who wish to apply at our institute must have very strong English language skills. The students who apply for undergraduate courses must have excellent academic records. The students need to submit the application form and the shortlisted candidates will be interviewed before the final selection.
The admission to graduate school is a little more rigorous. We look for candidates who have work experience. For the MBA programme, the candidates must have at least two years of work experience.
About the timeline of the application- for the Switzerland campus, the summer intake stats from February to May. For the London campus, it is from February to May-end and June.
Q: Do you provide internship opportunities to students?
A: For the undergraduate course, within the curriculum itself, there are two internships of six months each. In short, in three and a half years of study at the institute, the student will get one year of work experience. We always encourage the students to find internships outside the country to get exposed to various cultures. For the postgraduate courses, since most of the students have work experience, generally we don’t require them to do an internship. For the postgraduate diploma, for the career changers who have never done hospitality, the students are asked to do an internship.
Q: What makes Glion Institute of Higher Education different from others?
A: The courses at our institute not only focus on providing the technical skills that the students need to help them find a job. We also focus on providing soft skills to our students. Our educational approach is totally different from others and we provide a global view to the students. We have students with 100 different nationalities studying various courses at our institute. The class size is also small- the average class size is 35-45 students. Within that small community, we have students from various 20-22 nationalities.
Q: What are the job prospects of luxury management?
A: We have very high placement records for both undergraduate and graduate courses. The different sectors that the students are trickled into are luxury good management, luxury brand retail management and financial sectors such as private banking sectors with the soft skills they acquire from the institute. However, half of the students still prefer to stay in traditional hospitality sector of catering and service.
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