The Glion Online MBA
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The Glion Online MBA

A market leader in international hospitality management, 2012 marks the world renowned Glion Institute of Higher Education’s 50-year anniversary delivering quality academic programs to talented industry professionals.

Ranked number two* among all international hospitality management schools in the world for an international career, Glion excels in creating innovative programs that continuously meet the needs and expectations of today’s industry professionals. Whether that student needs to be prepared for that first step in their career with an undergraduate degree, or a mid-career professional with over 10 years’ industry experience who wants to make the jump from manager to leader within their organization without interrupting their career – Glion understands how to take quality education, combined with market insight, and make it a key component of one’s career development.

A private Swiss university offering undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs both online and on-campus, Glion is accredited at university level by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) with programs available in the fields of hospitality, tourism, event, sports and entertainment management. There are 85 campus-based faculty members including full and part time equivalent lecturers as well as visiting lecturers, and 24 dedicated faculty members teaching online with a student to teacher ratio of 1-15.

Dedicated to developing executive talent for the global hospitality industry, Glion’s innovative, industry-leading MBA and postgraduate programs – offered entirely online – are  designed for ambitious individuals who seek continuous education and career development in a flexible, interactive, and international setting.

Both industry partners and working professionals have responded enthusiastically to Glion’s online programs. The online student body comprises over 170 students with 48 countries represented, and students bring between five to 15 years’ industry related work experience into the learning forum.

The Glion Online MBA
With the influence of an MBA increasingly expanding each day, employers from across the globe are constantly scouting for international academic qualifications from their candidates. However, it’s not always possible to take time out from a full-time job to return to study. Glion understands the need for high-quality, innovative and efficient education in this area, one that can be undertaken from the convenience of home, yet provides the same professional understanding and qualifications as those taught on-campus.

“The hospitality and tourism industry is a vibrant growth market worldwide. And as the industry continued to grow, there is a real need to support the development and retention of executive talent within this sector,” says Kate Buchanan-Jack M.A., Glion Online Program Director. “Working professionals no longer have the luxury of taking time off to study. Online programs, like Glion’s 100% Online MBA, provide the perfect solution for both employers and employees.”


Kate Buchanan-Jack

Glion’s MBA is the first online program from a dedicated international hospitality institution and offers students a dynamic and innovative management curriculum that balances hospitality and tourism applied knowledge with a core of management and leadership theory.

Offering distinct advantages for working professionals, Glion’s Online MBA allows students to apply theory and knowledge and put it into practice from the very start of their program.

Says current student Johannes Rabl, Resident Manager at the Banyan Tree in Phuket, Thailand: “When I left hotel school in 2005, I didn’t know much about the international hotel business. I thought that a high amount of practical experience would be sufficient for a successful career. However, after six years with Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, I realized that the hotelier of the future needs more than that: he needs to be a great leader, smart communicator and financial expert. The Glion Online MBA teaches me such skills and is therefore an ideal program to enhance my career. Only nine months after starting the program, I have been promoted to Resident Manager of our flagship property Banyan Tree Phuket, and I am sure that the master’s degree will enable me to achieve my goal of becoming a General Manager.”


Johannes Rabl

Graduates of the Glion Online MBA program are not only well prepared academically but have the training and confidence required to lead and manage. This allows graduates to expand in their roles into executive positions within the hospitality and tourism industry, change career paths and even consider other service industry options. It is this flexibility and expert training that have earned Glion’s online programs an international reputation for delivering high-quality, personal, and convenient education for ambitious industry professionals.

Brijesh Paleri is the Sales Automation Manager at Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts, Singapore, and a current student of Glion. He says: “Even online Glion lives up to the reputation of attracting students from the US, Europe, India, China, Australia, Mongolia etc… With experiences ranging from 30-13 years, we have a great mix of people who can give great insights into the business. Most importantly, the network that we generate is amazing. The key learning and network that I will generate will help me in advancing my career both laterally and vertically.”


Brijesh Paleri

Continuing its tradition of maintaining strong links with the hospitality industry, Glion also delivers internal talent development solutions for corporate partners, including the delivery of online programs to middle and senior management – linking up with big industry names such as Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces and Accor. These partnerships support organizations’ internal talent development strategies to develop and retain their top talent.

Glion offers five intakes each year in the months of January, April, June, August, and October. Core modules in the MBA program include Success Strategies for the Hospitality and Services Industries; Managing Service Operations in the Evolving Business Environment; Hospitality, Services and E-marketing; Human Resources Management; Managerial Finance and Accounting; Data Driven Decision Making; and Global Strategic Management.

Glion offers postgraduate certificates and diploma opportunities for hospitality and service industry professionals keen on undertaking programs with a shorter duration of study.

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*Statistically, three institutes occupy this ranking position. (TNS Global Survey, September 2010).