Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne Opens Singapore Campus

Hospitality Management Academy set to offer classes

  • 06:22 AM, 8 Apr, 2021

(Singapore 7 April 2021) Singapore has been honoured with the opening of the first international campus outside of Europe of the prestigious Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL). At a soft launch of the Hospitality Management Academy on April 7, 2021 Ms Jenny Ang, (right) Managing Director EHL Campus (Singapore), gave an introduction to the new Campus in Singapore and an overview and history of EHL. Operating from Kinloss House on Lady Hill Road the heritage site, which was once a boarding school for the children of British soldiers, has been transformed into a modern school to provide learning in a hybrid, tech-focused environment. 

In 2021, for the third year in a row, Switzerland’s EHL was ranked at the top position by QS World University Ranking for Hospitality and Leisure Management, and by CEO World ranking. EHL has also received the award for “best innovation in education” at the Worldwide Hospitality Awards 2019 for its Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management programme. This international distinction confirms the strong recognition of EHL by the hospitality industry.

The EHL Campus (Singapore) is set to deliver the same internationally recognized bachelor’s degree as does EHL Campus Lausanne, providing opportunities for future hospitality leaders to thrive in an international landscape. 

In June 2019, EHL received EduTrust certification in Singaporean to deliver its bachelor’s and other courses here. The first cohort of students started their preparatory year in Lausanne in September 2020 and will start the Bachelor program in Singapore in the fall of 2021. Ms Ang explained that all new students will begin their four-year BSc at the Lausanne campus, where, in 1893 it delivered its first classes.

“The new Singapore Campus will bring to Asia the same standards of excellence that have made EHL's reputation for over a century. In this period of change for the hospitality sector, I anticipate the new campus will offer transformative energies and approaches. By remaining focused and committed, as well as embracing cultures and new viewpoints, we look forward to cultivating the next generation of talent for the industry by offering them the highest standards in hospitality education,” said the Managing Director.

EHL provides a range of on-campus and online learning solutions, including undergraduate, graduate and certificate programmes to students from 119 countries. In Singapore, where up to 100 students will be the first to begin their degrees here, Ms Ang says that half will be Asian, which currently includes six Singaporeans, and half will be from around the world.

“We very much look forward to expanding our connection to the local community and participate in this thriving environment,” said EHL Group CEO Michel Rochat (right) via a video message. “It is with enthusiasm and conviction that we embark on this new adventure. Our commitment to the local economy will start at 3 Lady Hill Road and extend throughout the country, as we hope to strengthen our existing ties to the Singaporean hospitality industry. This new campus aims to expand the opportunities for future hospitality leaders to thrive in an international landscape.”

Joshua Gan, Regional Director of EHL APAC, and graduate of EHL, noted that only about 50% of graduates go into the hospitality industry while the other 50% take up positions in other sectors. “At a job fair I asked companies that weren’t in hospitality why they were seeking EHL grads to join their firms. Their answer was that students receive a quality education at EHL and because they are interested in hospitality they know how to talk and to relate to people, which are valuable assets in an employee for any industries.”

EHL Student Ambassador Christopher Menon, who will graduate next year said that in his first three years he had opportunities to do internships and work in various places and various businesses. “It was a powerful experience,” he stated.

Dr. Luciano Lopez (lower right) has recently been appointed Dean EHL Campus (Singapore).

He joined EHL Group in February 2018 as a visiting lecturer in Economics, while completing his PhD thesis on foreign aid at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The same year he obtained a position as Assistant Professor at EHL. In March 2021, he was appointed Dean of EHL Campus (Singapore). As an economist, Dr Lopez’s research focuses on applied economics, particularly on circular economy practices in the hospitality industry.

The former Kinloss House, built in the 1800s, is an historic building that has been completely restored to enhance its classic beauty with contemporary facilities. More recently it served as an executive training center for an international company. The spacious building offers 2,400 sqm to accommodate five classrooms, four meeting rooms, a large multi-purpose hall and numerous break out spaces, offering plenty of flexibility for modern learning formats.

The campus is set on 1.9 hectares featuring manicured gardens and lush greenery. Located in an upscale part of Singapore, near Orchard Road and the Tanglin area it is central while still enjoying a private ambience. 

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