For next intake, October 2020, Sommet Education, Swisss hospitality education group comprising Glion Institute of Higher Education and Les Roches – will provide new Bachelor students with a “phygital” academic program combining digital experiences with physical ones. This curriculum option is dedicated to international students experiencing travel restrictions in the current context and enables them to start the first semester of their Bachelor remotely.
The institutes have created a unique “phygital” learning solution called “Glion Connect” and “Les Roches Connect”. This Bachelor program is a state-of-the art blended learning option offering 10 weeks of remote teaching followed by 10 weeks on campus. This allows new international students to access the first semester of their bachelor’s in international hospitality business at Glion and Global Hospitality Management at Les Roches remotely and arrive on campuses in Switzerland or Spain in January 2021 to finish the semester face-to-face.
The Connect solution is based on the four learning modules that usually compose the introduction to the Hospitality sector including the Practical Arts the industry is famous for: Induction, The Art of Gastronomy, The Wine & Bar Universe and Rooms Division & Hotel Operations.
All participating students will receive a special “welcome kit” with necessary essentials to use along with the mix of live tutorials and demonstrations, videos, as well as one-to-one coaching and mentoring that constitute the special remote approach. Alongside each remote learning module, a companion program of extracurricular activities including engaging and fun competitions and challenges designed to build on the practical teaching such as cocktail and mocktail on-line contests, live demonstrations and guest speaker interviews is available.
Christopher Gulli, the Dean of Practical Arts at Glion Institute of Higher Education said: “by offering this flexible unique solution, our objective is to help young aspiring professionals acquire the indispensable practical skills and get their degrees without delays in the current context.”
While the students opting for the Connect program shall start their first semester remotely, all other students will be able to safely integrate their studies on all Glion and Les Roches campuses in Switzerland and Spain in early October. With the primary objective being student health and safety, meticulous and specific protocols have been established, including such procedures as distribution of safety kits, application of social distancing measures and extensive disinfection of the spaces numerous times a day to name a few.