Metropolitan College first Greek establishment to offer the vocational program VET by EHL

Metropolitan College announced its cooperation with EHL Advisory Services, an EHL Group company for the provision of the globally recognized tourism educational program VET by EHL.

This new collaboration was celebrated at a prestigious event in the presence of the Ambassador of Switzerland to Greece, H.E. Olaf Kjelsen, the President of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE)-Mr. Giannis Retsos, the Director of Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne Advisory Services – André Mack and many prominent personalities of the Greek tourism industry.

The leading Greek College in private tertiary education welcomes the expertise of the best Hospitality School in the world (according to QS World University ranking 2019), set to offer high level educational experience based on the excellence of the Swiss hospitality tradition. Through this significant collaboration, Faculty of Tourism, already 4 times awarded as “Best Hotel Education Provider”, covers the whole range of tourism training in Greece.

Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) is the worldwide reference in Hospitality Management Education. After 125 years of experience as a leader, it is still indisputably the world’s best hospitality management school. Located on the shores of Lake Geneva, in the heart of Europe, the institution is rooted in the Swiss sense of hospitality and embodies the country’s values of excellence and quality. EHL’s alumni network – a community of more than 25.000 industry leaders – is the largest, most professionally experienced and socially active network of any hospitality management school in the world.

EHL Group offers a variety of university-level programs of study in the hospitality sector, as well as professional and vocational programs. The VET by EHL program provides the best globally Vocational Education & Training for the hospitality industry and holds a leading position in the training of successful hospitality professionals worldwide, with extensive opportunities of international careers.

VET by EHL offers courses of 4 distinct and up to date streams including a wide range of operation and organization skills inside the hotel units, meeting the modern needs of the hospitality industry for advanced professional skills: Hotel Administration DiplomaService Professional DiplomaRooms Professional Diploma and Kitchen Professional Diploma. The successful completion of each course leads to the three Certificates of different levels (Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced) and one Professional Diploma. The VET by EHL program combines the experience and philosophy of Swiss Hospitality Education.

The launch event of this new valuable collaboration took place at Metropolitan College’s Downtown Campus Lecture Hall. The President of Metropolitan College, Mr Konstantinos Rodopoulos, opened the event with his welcome speech: “We are offering studies in Tourism in Greece. We have been honored four times as the best school in Tourism Education and now we join forces with the best School in Tourism which is Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne. Having their degrees offered in Greece is innovative and extraordinary and i think this cooperation will lead to a great success”.

The Ambassador of Switzerland to Greece, H.E. Olaf Kjelsen, made a short but utterly enthusiastic remark, mentioning the longetivity of the Swiss hospitality tradition and, respectively, Greece’s tradition as a top tourist destination: “With its all long tradition in hospitality, Switzerland recognizes the value of Greece as a place worth visiting. It seems to me that this state of mind should also take place in the fields of hospitality management education. I hope that this new partnership we are celebrating today will lead to economic opportunities and develop here in Greece”.

Mr. André Mack, Director of Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne Advisory Services, presented EHL’S rising journey, as well as, its recognition as a worldwide reference in Hospitality Management Education:
“The mission and vision of EHL is quite simple and straight forward. We want to be the premier, world-wide reference in hospitality education. We aim at transferring our know-how to partners, to allow them become a reference, in their home-base. Our strategy is not through acquisition. Our strategy is through expansion, helping others to become also reference in their home countries.

We are not in the mindset of providing diplomas, we are in the mindset of providing career opportunities. We would like to provide not only knowledge, but also skills and also mindset to the youngsters which are going through our education solutions, in order to provide talents to the hospitality industry”.

After Andre Mack’s inclusive speech, the President of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE)- Mr. Giannis Retsos, applauded this initiative between Metropolitan College and EHL: “Tourism related studies have started to gain the importance and validity they deserve and are gradually becoming a conscious choice. We, at SETE, are true believers that learning never stops in an industry such as ours and we applaud this initiative between Metropolitan College and EHL”.

You can see the event’s photo album here:

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