The World's First and Best Hospitality Management School

Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL or Lausanne Hotel School, in English), was founded in 1893, as the world's first hotel management school.

What began as a small professional training course for hotel employees and managers has shaped the industry ever since and inspired a new type of education that made Swiss hotel schools famous worldwide.

Discover the pioneering spirit of EHL and see how it led the way through 125 years of hospitality industry growth and innovation by inventing a new kind of higher education and supporting the industry with applied research and innovation solutions. 

125+ Years of Innovation

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Rankings

EHL is ranked the  #1 university for hospitality management worldwide and #7 among business schools in Switzerland, according to university rankings.

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 Awards & Distinctions

EHL continually receives awards for outstanding excellence in hospitality management studies, innovation, culinary arts and professional education.

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Accreditations & Memberships

EHL maintains university-level accreditations, memberships and authorization to deliver degrees in Switzerland, Singapore and the United States.

Key Moments of the EHL Group

1893

Jacques Tschumi founded the Ecole hôtelière 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.

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1926

EHL's Alumni Association was created and nearly 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.

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1975

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

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1976

EHL created an advisory and training branch, called Lausanne Hospitality Consulting (LHC), to provide the industry with expertise and business solutions based on time-tested learning methods and service excellence. 

LHC would then become EHL Advisory Services in 2019

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2009

EHL launched the first business incubator for hospitality concepts and start-ups to create a dedicated resource for the development of new hospitality and F&B concepts.

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2013

EHL Group acquired the Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality AG (SSTH) in Passugg, Switzerland.

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2017

EHL began transforming its campus in Lausanne using proposals from architectural schools worldwide and feedback from EHL students. Designed to house 3,000 students, the new campus facilities embody the highest standards of ecology, technology and pedagogy.

 

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2018

EHL signed an agreement with Ville de Lausanne to develop its Innovation Village near the Lausanne campus with two core missions: to support entrepreneurship and to inspire and disrupt the food & hospitality industry.

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2019

The EHL Group underwent a reorganization and rebranding exercise in order to unify its four entities (the three campuses and advisory services branch) under a solid organizational structure with a common purpose. 

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2020

EHL opened its first campus in the Asia-Pacific region, in Singapore. The EHL Campus (Singapore) was authorized to deliver EHL's Bachelor in International Hospitality Management in Singapore. 

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