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Education Partners & Affiliate Schools

As the non-profit umbrella association of the hospitality industry, Swiss Hotel Association (SHA) plays a major role in the development and organisation of education in the hospitality sector.

Education Partners in Switzerland

Established in 1882, hotelleriesuisse - Swiss Hotel Association (SHA), is the world's oldest industry body and the centre of excellence for the Swiss hotel industry. As the non-profit umbrella association of the hospitality industry, SHA represents the interests of its members and plays a major role in the development and organisation of education in the hospitality sector. 

At the initial vocational education and training (VET) level, SHA is the owner of four school-hotels, training young people aged 16 to 20 to become a part of a practice-oriented work force. Historically, the association has committed itself to enabling both higher professional training (PET) and academic education in hotel management schools: SHA established the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) in 1893 and the hotel management school in Thun in 1986, and is a shareholder of the Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality (SSTH) in Passugg. SHA is represented on the boards of all three hotelleriesuisse hotel management schools.

Further, in order to provide a broad spectrum of specialised programmes, seminars and courses, the SHA relies on a large network of course partners.

Education Partners throughout the world

Internationally, SHA founded the SHA Affiliate School Network to guarantee the highest quality in hospitality education worldwide, and to support the global exchange of know-how and experience. Hotel management schools belonging to the network implemented the SHA Education Standards.