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    See just how far we’ve come in 125 years with this new video that traces EHL’s changes and accomplishments from the past to present day.

      Our beginnings

      Jacques Tschumi was the founder and president of the Ecole hôtelière, managing director of the Lausanne Beau Rivage Palace and an influential member of the Society of Swiss Hoteliers; he championed the creation of the school to train professional hotel staff.

        Jacques Tschumi - the founder of EHL


        ehl history hotel

        The school delivered the first classes in a room of the Hôtel d'Angleterre on the shores of Lake Leman in Lausanne.


        first cohort

        27 students joined together on October 15th, 1893 to study arithmetic, accounting, geography and languages, as well as increase their understanding of hospitality. They directly applied their newly acquired knowledge at the Hotel d'Angleterre.


        history women

        In 1924, the school admitted four young women in a mixed classroom; it also became more selective: of the 80 applications EHL received that year, only 62 were admitted: 32 foreigners and 30 Swiss nationals.


        history association

        In 1926, the Alumni association was born. Almost 500 former students became members of the association during its first year of existence, including the directors of many prestigious hotels in Switzerland and abroad.


        The second World War forces EHL to close

        The Second World War forced EHL to close, but in 1943, thanks to the efforts of its 600 Alumni and their “SOS Survie” fundraising initiative, the school was able to reopen its doors.


        Post-war euphoria enables the school to grow rapidly.

        Post-war euphoria enabled the school to grow rapidly. The curriculum’s academics were strengthened and classes were taught by highly qualified professors and professionals.


        EHL creates a new concept: student internships.

        EHL created a new concept: student internships. Demand from the industry was so strong that there were not enough interns to fill the considerable number of open jobs.


        Video: TSR, 1968


        Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne moved to its current site in Le Chalet-à-Gobet and unveiled its new campus, located just a few kilometers north of Lausanne.


        Introduction of an admission exam - Group of students - 1986

        An admission exam was introduced, thus bringing to an end the long waiting list that was previously the only admission condition at EHL. This marked the beginning of a more stringent selection process.


        EHL 2000 project - 1989

        “EHL 2000” project: EHL initiated a large-scale re-evaluation of its education philosophy based on survey results. EHL moved further towards management and began to use teaching methods that best complied with university requirements.


        EHL launched its new Bachelor program in International Hospitality Management.


        EHL joined the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO), becoming the first Swiss hotel management school to be recognized as a university by the Swiss government.


        A new accreditation of a higher level was granted by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). EHL became the first hotel management school in Europe to be accredited at this top level.


        New Alumni Center - 2006

        The new Alumni Center was created with the aim of offering a larger range of services to EHL graduates and fostering their commitment to the school..


        Opening of the New Berceau des Sens - 2011

        The new Berceau des Sens opened its doors. EHL’s training restaurant was opened to the public for private fine-dining experiences.


        SSTH - 2013

        EHL celebrated 120 years of existence and excellence. At the end of the year, the school acquired the Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality AG (SSTH) in Passugg, Switzerland.


        EHL launched its Master of Science in Global Hospitality Business, in partnership with the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Conrad N. Hilton College at Houston University.


        Creation of EHL Holding SA

        “EHL Holding SA” was created in order to ensure the proper management of each of its various specialized business units.

        125 Years of Innovation & Excellence

        Since EHL invented the concept of Hotel Management education in 1893, it has continually pioneered new programs and teaching methods to deliver the highest quality of education. Likewise, EHL has contributed knowledge and resources to encourage innovation and sent thousands of exemplary graduates into the industry.

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