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Why Glion?

Why online MBA with Glion?

Glion’s MBA is the first online program in International Hospitality Management dedicated to developing executive talent for the global hospitality industry. It offers students a management curriculum that balances hospitality and tourism applied knowledge with a core of management and leadership theory.

With the growing number of jobs in hospitality and tourism, and its increasingly competitive nature, working professionals need to stand out from the crowd to climb the career ladder. Employers look for individuals who display the characteristics of leadership and management with real industry experience. The Glion online MBA has distinct advantages for working professionals. From the moment the program begins, our students will apply theory and knowledge to practice.

Graduates of the Glion online MBA program will be well prepared to lead and manage. Our graduates can expect to confidently advance into more senior positions within the hospitality and tourism industry as well as change career path and consider other Services Industry options.

Key benefits

  1. 1st online MBA in International Hospitality and Service Industries Management – be among the first to get the “Glion Experience” from online learning and carry on the famous “Glion Spirit” as a graduate of our 1st online program
  2. Glion is ranked among the top 3 hospitality management institutions worldwide for an international career (TNS, UK Global Research, 2007)
  3. Fully flexible – to fit into your working life and meet your specific career needs
  4. Small virtual classes – so you can get personal attention: challenge and be challenged
  5. High levels of interactivity and collaborative learning – international faculty, industry experts and student body from the around the world
  6. Significant opportunities for developing the team building, decision making, presentation and other management skills required for the business world of tomorrow

Close Industry Ties

Glion has close ties to the hospitality, tourism and wider services industry supported by our dedicated and active Industry Advisory Board. Composed of industry professionals in key positions, their role is to advise Glion about the evolution and trends of the industry.

Read what they have to say about the Glion Institute and how we develop executive talent for the global hospitality industry.

“When I look at the curriculum of the Glion Institute it certainly meets the needs of our companies.  Our five business essentials are: grow on a global basis, brilliant execution, market leading returns and world class brands, and to do all this we want to win with talent and I think that the Glion Institute certainly takes a major step to develop the talent that we need for the future.”

Martin FranckMartin Franck
Senior Vice-President HR
EMEA Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide
Member of the Glion Institute of Higher Education Industry Advisory Board

“What I've experienced in Glion since I was here [as a student] and today, is that Glion has an enormous capacity to adapt its programs to market needs. The program that I was here to study in 1997 and the one offered today has changed. But it has changed in the right direction and will continue to change in the future – and this is great because I think the people here, the management and the staff are continuously looking to improve.  This is certainly the case with the new online MBA program that will bring the market something that meets new demands."

Jaume TapièsJaume Tapiès
President of Relais & Chateaux
Member of the Glion Institute of Higher Education Industry Advisory Board
Glion Graduate 1989

Student Impressions

At Glion we are particularly proud of the students that study on our online program – all of whom are business professionals looking to excel in their careers and further their expertise with continuous learning.

Read what they have to say about the Online MBA program, their first impressions of Glion and online learning.

“Obtaining an MBA degree is, in my view, a necessity to the times we live in.  It will not only help build up and enhance my skills further, but will strongly assist me with my growth and advancement plans within the organization I currently work for and potentially beyond.  In five words...I would describe the Glion Online MBA program to a friend as “an opportunity of a lifetime.”

Karim El GuanainiKarim El Guanaini
Corporate Marketing Manager
ALDAR Properties PJSC
Abu Dhabi

“I have found the Faculty; staff and support center very supportive to make each and every student feel comfortable and effective in the virtual learning environment. The online technology is user friendly, and academic resources are current and very much applicable to my work experience. The program is focused and relevant to the current trends in the hospitality and service industry.”

Bernard RodriguesBernard Rodrigues
General Manager
The Charterhouse Causeway Bay
Hong Kong

“In our very first class we have students representing 17 nationalities working in 18 countries. It is an amazing experience to learn from so many hospitality professionals, everyone has such a wealth of skills and knowledge. We will be sharing ideas and processes from different venues, cultures and disciplines.”

“The study time is flexible to my daily professional and personal activities. With focus, discipline and commitment I will be able to stay on track with all the required assignments. It is the perfect venture for all of us in the professional world trying to achieve an MBA, and I would highly recommend it.”

Jaqueline VolkartJacqueline Volkart
General Manager
The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove

“Working with fellow industry professionals from all over the world, we are exchanging thoughts and ideas to create a really rich online learning experience. The online MBA program provides me with knowledge and new views which I am able to put into practice immediately - I am very excited to be one of Glion’s first online MBA students.”

Sissi Yuxiao TengSissi Yuxiao Teng
Training Manager
Blue Horizon Hospitality Group
Shanghai, China


The strong commitment, expertise and experience of our international Faculty, are key to delivering the Glion online MBA. Our Faculty provide sound academic input, engage students with flair and appeal, project applied industry experience and convey all the feeling of the ‘Glion spirit’ that we expect in our land based courses.

Read what our Faculty has to say about the online MBA program and our students.

“In the past people could move up the career ladder on experience alone, nowadays we are seeing that employers are also asking for a high-level of education from working professionals looking to climb the career ladder.”

“The Online MBA program balances international management theory with practical case studies of real life problems within the wider service industries.  Our fantastic online learning environment will give our students the unique opportunity to interact with a highly international group of student peers.”

Dr. Martin SeniorDr Martin Senior
Program Leader for the Glion Online MBA

“The online Glion MBA extends our educational portfolio to those business professionals who want to use sound theory and applied practice for personal development and career advancement. It is an excellent opportunity to continue lifelong learning in a global classroom while retaining the competitive edge of paid employment.”

Dr. Martin SeniorDr. Lyn Glanz
Dean of Graduate Studies

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