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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.
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.
The school delivered the first classes in a room of the Hôtel d'Angleterre on the shores of Lake Leman in Lausanne.
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.
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.
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 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 enabled the school to grow rapidly. The curriculum’s academics were strengthened and classes were taught by highly qualified professors and professionals.
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.
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: 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.
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..
The new Berceau des Sens opened its doors. EHL’s training restaurant was opened to the public for private fine-dining experiences.
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.
“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.