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Hospitality Education, the Swiss Way – One-on-one Information Session, June 3 & 4, 2011

Switzerland has maintained its reputation as a top tourist destination over the years. Aside from its breathtaking beauty, millions of visitors flock this country yearly to experience the unique Swiss hospitality touch.

Switzerland’s history of excellence in hotel management began more than a hundred years ago when the first hotels were built in the country. The “Caux-Palace” was the most impressive and exclusive establishment of the day and now serves as home to The Swiss Hotel Management School (SHMS). Providing a combination of training in the long established Swiss tradition and advanced management techniques, students at SHMS are guaranteed hospitality education that is unrivalled.

As Switzerland’s largest English speaking hotel management institution, SHMS attracts students from more than 60 countries around the world and offers the most authentic learning environment they can ask for. It offers a wide range of programs to suit most students’ needs. The classic Swiss Hotel Diploma and Bachelor’s Degrees are ideal for high school graduates or college transfer students. The Masters Degrees are for students with an HRM background.

The Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) Program is particularly interesting because it is designed for applicants seeking an intensive introduction to key sectors of the hospitality/tourism industry. A Bachelors Degree in any discipline and English proficiency are the only entry requirements, so this program is perfect for professionals who want a career change or are looking for new challenges. Areas of study to choose from are Hotel Management, Hotel Operations Management, Events Management, and Tourism Management. Length of study is only for one year – 5 months of which are paid internship in Switzerland – and if qualified, graduates of the PGD Program may progress to any of the Masters Degrees offered at the SHMS University Campus in Leysin.

One of the features of the Caux campus is the magnificent and extensive kitchens. These kitchens are designed not only for teaching purposes but also for producing nearly 1,000 meals three times a day. Specialist aspects such as desserts and chocolate in addition to baking/pastry, cuisine, demo kitchens, prep areas, and a pasta center are all part of the undergraduate program in Hotel Management, where student gain a Swiss Hotel Diploma and a Bachelors degree. Each year of the program is characterized by 5 months in school and 6 months paid industry internship in Switzerland. But – the new and hottest course at SHMS which fully utilizes all the kitchens and their equipment is the Culinary Arts course. Students may either graduate with a Swiss Hotel Diploma (2 years) or a Bachelors degree (3 years) to enter to hospitality industry as a chef.

To make available the latest information on the different program offerings of SHMS and student life in Switzerland, International Education Specialists (Inter-Ed) has invited Mr. Frank Schiele, the Regional Director of SHMS, to meet students one-on-one to give all the latest information about the SHMS programs and to receive the new SHMS brochure which has just been released. Interviews are FREE OF CHARGE to all people wanting to take up Hotel Management/Culinary Arts in Switzerland to jumpstart their career.Please text 0918-904-1282 or call 819-1001 to set up an appointment for either the afternoon of Friday, June 3, from 3.30 – 5.30pm, or Saturday, June 4, from 8.00am – 12.00pm. Interviews will be held at the Inter-Ed office at 2/F Trafalgar Plaza, 105 H.V. De La Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City.

All SHMS courses combine the traditional Swiss approach and state-of-the-art technology. SHMS programs are more intensive than at other hospitality schools, and Bachelors and Masters Degrees only take three years and one year to complete, respectively. Each year of study consists of a five-month academic term followed by a six-month paid internship in Switzerland or abroad. This gives students the professional training in the industry. Aside from hands-on training, theoretical instruction is kept current by having experts in the field as faculty and using the latest operations manuals and course materials. Courses start in August and January, and SHMS is still receiving applications for the August 2011 intake.

Studying at SHMS will not only give students work experience in institutions with international standards, but also access to career opportunities only available to SHMS graduates. With world class qualifications, alumni have the chance to build a career in some of the finest hotels around the world through the Swiss Education Group (SEG) Career Advisory office.

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