Developing talent in young people – the role of the right school

In a world where academic merits seem to be everything that matters, SHL Schweizerische Hotelfachschule Luzern continues to nurture the individual talents of their students when educating the next generations of hospitality leaders.

Young people need opportunities to display their talents

Motivated and driven young people have the potential to become outstanding young people and high achievers. However, they need the surroundings that allow them to express and develop their talents, ideas, and creativity. A supportive school environment that not only allows, but supports and encourages, them to demonstrate those traits plays a crucial role. Therefore, finding and choosing the right school is a key decision in their personal development. Combined with other criteria, the size of the school has a direct impact on various aspects such as academics, social life and internship opportunities, all linked to students’ individual growth. 

Not just a face in the lecture hall

Students’ personal development is strongly related to finding the perfect fit and choosing the right school.  In addition to numerous others, the student-faculty ratio is an important factor. Smaller classes have an impact not only on the learning experience, but also gives the lecturers time to focus on aiding the students’ personal enrichment. As a school with 250 students on campus, out of 1’000 enrolled, the self-fulfilment of each student has been one of SHL’s core values since the first hotel management classes started in 1909. Students who choose SHL, not only value the characteristic personal atmosphere and community spirit, but also appreciate being more than just a face in a lecture hall and the chance to be recognised as individuals with particular talents.

Two programmes – one ideology

SHL Schweizerische Hotelfachschule Luzern is one of the two original hotel management schools in Switzerland and offers programmes taught in English and German. The Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management is a full-time, four-year degree programme in English, offered in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Lucerne (HSLU), accredited by the Swiss federal government and in compliance with the Bologna Declaration, using the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The renowned Diploma programme Dipl. Hôtelière-Restauratrice / Hôtelier-Restaurateur HF, fully taught in German, is accredited by the Swiss federal government as a tertiary level professional education. The SHL ideology stems from the founders’ passion for hospitality and desire to provide young people with the best opportunities to build their future careers and to fulfil their potential in the hospitality industry, one of the most fascinating and exciting global industries.

Personal talent is multifaceted 

Young people have all kinds of talents in many different fields and subject areas. SHL believes that the best way to unlock students’ full potential and to have an actual impact on their individual development is to provide them with a solid foundation of applicable knowledge and transferable skills in hospitality leadership, management, strategy and operations. Through the theoretical classroom studies, case studies, real-life business projects, coaching and hands-on practical training, lecturers give students all the tools for them to unleash their maximum potential.

Environmental impact on student learning

School location, infrastructure and services play a significant role in shaping students’ successful learning process. How students live, how they get around and what they can do in their leisure time has a direct impact on their student experience and what they will achieve. At SHL, these are factors that are paid a great deal of attention to. The campus offers state-of-the-art academic and practical training facilities, as well as group rooms, independent study spaces, creative and lounge areas. Four F&B outlets provide delicious, fresh meals and beverages. Hotel SHL, where students live during their on-campus semesters, mirrors a modern city hotel, with various en-suite room categories to choose from. In addition to the spacious rooms, the student hotel offers a Community Room with a fully equipped kitchen and an attached courtyard, laundry facilities, as well as a large rooftop terrace.

Student life in Lucerne is rich in contrasts and entertainment all year round. With a variety of famous sights, its charming Old Town with attractive shopping areas, the town is a destination for visitors from around the world. The SHL campus is a 10-minute walk away from the city centre.

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SHL Schweizerische Hotelfachschule Luzern is one of the two original Hotel Management Schools in Switzerland. and offers one of the only two Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management degrees in Switzerland accredited by the Swiss federal government and in compliance with the Bologna Declaration, as well as the regarded Swiss Diploma Dipl. Hôtelière-Restauratrice / Hôtelier-Restaurateur HF. 

Owned by the Hotel Gastro Union, SHL has been paving the way for the renowned Swiss dual education system, teaching first-class practical and academic hospitality management skills since 1909. SHL prepares young talents for becoming inspiring leaders on the global stage.

Author Bio

Maria Ramstad Kristiansen is Head of Marketing & Student Recruitment at SHL Schweizerische Hotelfachschule Luzern. She has a MSc in Business Administration, major Tourism and a BBA in Hospitality and Tourism from the University of Applied Sciences Graubünden, as well as a Swiss degree in Hospitality Management from EHL Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality. Maria has 25 years of management experience from the Hospitality Industry in Norway, UK and Switzerland.

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