Discover Glion Connect – start BBA1 remotely, then join us in January

We know that travel restrictions might make it difficult for you to join us on campus in October 2020. So, for the BBA1 intake, we have developed a unique solution which will deliver the first half of semester 1 remotely to you at-home.

Glion Connect is our tailor made remote study option that ensures Bachelor students can begin their hospitality education as planned in fall 2020. For 10 weeks, it delivers our practical arts teaching direct to your home, including online tutorials, one-to-one mentoring, live culinary demonstrations, and cocktail making.

Glion Dean of Practical Arts, Christophe Gulli, explains the modules and topics covered: “The semester 1 lasts 20 weeks, with 10 weeks remote learning and 10 weeks face-to-face, you will be able to experiment with different topics, such as the Art of Gastronomy, wine, bar, rooms division and hotel operations.”

 

Campus life, at home

Even when beginning your studies at home, you will be very much part of the Glion community from day one. You will receive a special branded welcome package to enhance your sense of belonging and give you a taste of what to expect once on campus.

“At the beginning of the remote program, you will have an introduction with different areas such as the internship office. It’s an opportunity for you to interact with students and faculty on campus and discuss one-to-one sessions with instructors and individual coaching.”

Glion Connect also gives you access to campus social life, through the ability to join our clubs and committees and have the chance to become a student ambassador. Throughout the remote learning programme, the Glion career and internship team will provide personalized career support ahead of the professional internship in semester two.

 

A typical day on Glion Connect

A Connect remote learning day is busy, varied and truly immersive, on average there will be six hours of study each day that classes take place. A typical day might look like this:

‘During the time we will spend together in the kitchen we will organize for you live kitchen sessions, culinary and pastry challenges – we will learn while having fun.’

BenoÎt Carcenat

Director Culinary Arts and Gastronomy – Meilleur Ouvrier de France

Practical Arts is taught from our own television studio, allowing masters of their craft, including World Champion Sommelier and multi award-winning chefs, to broadcast live to you online. Glion Executive Chef and Meilleur Ouvrier de France, Fabien Foare, shares what students can expect:

“In our demo kitchen, you will learn with experts all the steps to realize some delicious dishes, from little tips to chef’s secrets, your learning will definitely lead you to success when you arrive on-site experience”.

Glion Connect also takes BBA1 students behind the scenes of the hotel, with an introduction to hospitality operations, including rooms division and opportunity to work with industry standard property management systems. There will be the chance for you to actually try your hand at hotel management through our interactive game.

 

Arriving at Glion in 2021

After 10 weeks of home-based study, you will travel to our iconic Glion campus in January 2021 for the second and final 10 weeks of study to complete your first semester. Staff, classmates and the Glion community will be waiting with a warm welcome, as will an extensive programme of study that puts you at the heart of gastronomy.

The blended semester finishes in March 2021, following a two-week masterclass at Ecole Ducasse in Paris, with you having achieved all the learning outcomes as if you were fully on campus. Then the next stop is a professional internship at one of the most dynamic and exciting times that the hospitality industry has ever seen. There is a lot to look forward to!

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Safe, happy, immersed in luxury: five reasons to make Switzerland your study destination this October

As Switzerland is ranked the world’s safest country for COVID-19, we highlight why this is just one of the reasons that make it the perfect destination for Bachelor’s or Master’s studies this fall…

Reason 1: It’s the world leader for COVID-19 safety

Any time a country earns a global number one ranking it’s an impressive achievement. When the ranking is for being the world’s safest country amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it adds an extra layer of significance.

And that’s what Switzerland has achieved, according to research by the data-driven investment company Deep Knowledge Group (DKG). In the latest edition of the company’s COVID-19 safety rankings, published in early June, Switzerland came out top of the 200 countries assessed, ahead of Germany and Israel in second and third respectively.

These findings are based on analysis of more than 11,400 data points, covering parameters such as quarantine efficiency, government efficiency of risk management, monitoring and detection, healthcare readiness, regional resiliency, and emergency preparedness.

The report notes: “Switzerland now occupies the #1 position as the safest region according to the present analysis, in large part due to a continuing decline in its rate of infection spread and mortality, and key factors that put it in a better position to maintain a healthy post-pandemic economy.”

 

Reason 2: Switzerland is open for business

“We have managed to get the virus under control.”

-Swiss Confederation President Simonetta Sommaruga

The payback to Swiss citizens – and Glion students – from the country’s hard work in beating COVID-19 is that Switzerland is lifting its lockdown restrictions more comprehensively than many countries in Europe and elsewhere.

From early June, Switzerland began to take on a more familiar look. All leisure and entertainment venues, and tourist attractions, could reopen. Public and private events of up to 300 people were permitted. Campsites, zoos and swimming pools were allowed to open their doors again. And classroom teaching at upper secondary and vocational schools, and at higher education institutions, was authorized to resume.

At Glion, we now have a fixed date when we’ll resume on-campus classes: 27 July. And for the Fall 2020 Bachelor’s and Master’s intakes we have set intake dates in early October – a little later than usual to allow for any remaining travel restrictions or flight shortages in our students’ home countries.

And if these dates are still too soon for you, if you’re planning to study our Bachelor’s degree you can take advantage of our special remote learning packageGlion Connect – enabling you to begin your first semester at home before switching to campus in the New Year.

Reason 3: There’s no better place to study hospitality

Why? Because like zip fasteners, Velcro, and instant coffee, the modern hospitality industry was invented in Switzerland.

The country began seriously catering to tourists when tourism was just getting started. In the 18th century, Switzerland was regarded as a must-see destination for the new breed of European travelers who trekked across the continent to experience nature and amazing landscapes.

Switzerland was even featured in the first European package holidays, created by Thomas Cook in 1858. As transport connections improved and the country’s hotel stock blossomed, by the end of the 19th century Switzerland was firmly established as a major European tourism destination.

You can discover more about the growth of Swiss tourism, and why hospitality management education has become a Swiss specialty, here.

Reason 4: The art of luxury is second nature to the Swiss

Arrive at any Swiss airport and, as you walk through the corridors, you’ll be immediately reminded of the country’s most famous export: luxury watches. Hublot, Rolex, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Audemars Piguet… the list of brands is as impressive as their products are enticing.

But Swiss luxury goes well beyond timepieces. Don’t forget that the world’s third-biggest luxury company, Richemont, is headquartered in Switzerland. Brands like Cartier, Dunhill, Van Cleef & Arpels, Montblanc and Chloé are all ultimately controlled from Richemont’s HQ in Bellevue, Geneva.

And when it comes to luxury on the ski slopes, Switzerland is absolutely the place to be. Klosters, St Moritz, Zermatt, Verbier… the rich and the royal have long flocked to these exclusive resorts to ski and be seen!

Reason 5: Because it’s time to smile again, so come to a happy place

There’s no arguing that 2020 has been a tough year. If you haven’t had much to smile about, maybe it’s time to head to a happy place to begin your Bachelor or Master’s studies? If so, Switzerland should be at the top of your list.

According to the eighth World Happiness Report, published in March this year, Switzerland is ranked third in the world for happiness, behind only Finland and Denmark (and try finding a world-class hospitality business education in those countries!).

“The World Happiness Report has proven to be an indispensable tool for policymakers looking to better understand what makes people happy and thereby to promote the wellbeing of their citizenry,” said Professor Jeffrey Sachs, who contributed a chapter to the new report. “Time and again we see the reasons for wellbeing include good social support networks, social trust, honest governments, safe environments, and healthy lives.”

We’ll echo that.

 

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