Internal governance at Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne is conducted in a spirit of cooperation, collaboration and collegiality. It promotes the vision, mission and values of the School and ensure its implementation through participative processes, with different Councils, Committees and working groups. Through effective planning, implementation and evaluation, EHL is committed to students learning and success, continuous improvement and institutional excellence.

The creation of the EHL Council responds to one of EHL’s strategic priorities: quality, in that it will ensure the School’s alignment with quality standards relating to participation and governance. It is also important from the point of view of the School’s accreditation by “New England Association of Schools and Colleges” as the participation of all constituencies (Student, Faculty and Staff) in the internal governance needs to be addressed. Finally, the EHL Council indirectly helps to respond to another of EHL’s strategic axe – human capital. A clarification of the roles and responsibilities of the representative bodies and their interactions with EHL’s Board of Directors improves the well-being of the organization and build confidence among EHL communities.

Structure:
EHL Council is a governing body that represents the whole EHL community, composed of a Coordinator and one representative per Council, each elected by the Council they represent.

Constituent Councils:
Student Council: The Student Council, composed of 11 members, serves as a liaison between the student community and the EHL Council and encourage an effective flow of communication and foster awareness and solidarity between the Management, Faculty and Students.

Faculty Council: The Faculty Council, composed of 7 members, serves as a liaison between the Faculty members and the EHL Council and promotes teaching and scholarly excellence, address ideas and issues of concern and encourages communication and cooperation among the faculty.

Staff Council: The Staff Council, composed of 5 members, serves as a liaison between the administrative & technical staff and the EHL Council and will address issues of concern on behalf of all staff (non-academic), search and propose solutions to these issues.

Roles:
Depending on the internal process been considered, the possible roles of the Councils are (individual or in combination):

  • Informative - is informed when a decision has been made
  • Consultative - is asked to give an opinion before the decision is made
  • Proactive - puts forward one or several proposals and suggest solutions
  • Collaborative - collaborates during the decision process
  • Participative - participates actively in the reflection leading to a recommendation or a decision
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