Study at an International Hotel Management Institute


Dear Student,

The international reputation of Hotel Institute Montreux is based on world-class academic programs focused on hotel management combined with high quality industry internships in Switzerland and abroad.

Our mission is to foster the success of aspiring individuals through educational programs that blend renowned Swiss hospitality practices with contemporary American management expertise. Our international hotel management institute offers a highly professional and supportive learning environment.

You will learn the art of Hospitality Management, combined with a specialization in Finance, Marketing, Human Resources or Luxury Business Management. It is the combination of management, practical skills and industry recognized work experience that has resulted in our students being in such high demand by the industry after graduation.

The wide range of business knowledge you will develop at Hotel Institute Montreux gives you access to an international career and ensures that you move quickly up the career ladder, to management level.

Hotel Institute Montreux is one of Switzerland’s finest Hotel Management Schools. We look forward to welcoming you to this unique environment.

Ulrika Björklund
Academic Dean
Hotel Institute Montreux

Dedicated Faculty and Staff

All lecturers are well qualified and experienced in both the field they are teaching and in delivering education to international students. All lecturers participate frequently in staff development programs. Hotel Institute Montreux boasts a strong team of long standing lecturers and supporting staff.

Academic Dean: Ulrika Björklund 

Academic Dean: Ulrika Björklund

Ulrika Björklund joined Hotel Institute Montreux in 2009 working as a lecturer and program leader before taking on the role of assistant academic dean and academic dean in 2012. As a graduate of HOSTA, Hotel Institute of Leysin, Ulrika has extensive international experience in the hotel industry, including working as a general manager. Ulrika has attended the General Managers Program at Cornell University, USA, where she also earned a Diploma in Strategic Human Resource Management. She is a member of SKAL, International Institute of Hospitality (UK) and the Global Hoteliers Club.

Assistant Academic Dean and Northwood Program Manager: Dr Rebecca Wallace 

Assistant Academic Dean and Northwood Program Manager: Dr Rebecca Wallace

Rebecca Wallace joined the Hotel Institute Montreux faculty in 2005 and lectures in Statistics and Critical Analysis on the Northwood Bachelor of Business Administration in addition to her role as Northwood program manager. Rebecca holds a bachelor of science from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD from the NERC research unit at the University of Sheffield, UK. Prior to joining Hotel Institute Montreux, Rebecca spent many years within the corporate world, fulfilling a number of business roles, including managing a global project for a leading multinational bank.

Swiss Diploma in Hotel Operations Management Program Leader: Michael Heinrich 

Swiss Diploma in Hotel Operations Management Program Leader: Michael Heinrich

Michael Heinrich joined Hotel Institute Montreux as a lecturer in 2007 and was promoted to program leader for languages in 2011. Michael has extensive experience in the Swiss hotel industry, including working as a Front Office Manager at the Montreux Palace as well as managing Hotel d’Angleterre in Geneva. Michael holds a CHE (Certified Hotel Educator) designation from the American Hotel and Lodging Association and is a member of the AICR (Amicale Internationale des Chefs de Réception).

Swiss Higher Diploma in International Hotel Management Program Leader: Helen Bayne 

Swiss Higher Diploma in International Hotel Management Program Leader: Helen Bayne

Helen Bayne joined Hotel Institute Montreux as a lecturer in 2011 and was promoted to program leader for the Swiss Higher Diploma in International Hotel Management in 2013. Helen inspires her students with the wealth of knowledge she brings from years of experience in the hospitality industry in Europe, the USA and the Carribean. An honors graduate from the Institut International de Glion, Helen holds a CHA (Certified Hotel Administrator) designation from the American Hotel and Lodging Association and is the president of the Skal Club of Montreux-Vevey (International Association of Travel and Tourism Professionals).

Postgraduate Program Leader: Gedeon Tumong 

Postgraduate Program Leader: Gedeon Tumong

Gedeon Tumong joined Hotel Institute Montreux as a lecturer in February 2005 bringing with him a long experience in business management. He has a master of business administration from Schiller International University, American College of Switzerland and is a Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE). His experience in business management was gained whilst running his own proprietorship in Germany, and working for numerous companies including Texaco Oil Cameroon and the United Nations International Trade Centre (UNCTAD/ITC) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Operations Manager : Ruben Epremian 

Operations Manager: Ruben Epremian

Joined the Swiss Education Group in 2007 as a full time member of the Front Office Team in the Hotel Institute of Montreux, before taking on the challenge of being the department head, as House Manager. Key member of the Operations department, he has moved up the ladder to finally earn the respect and the right to be nominated as Assistant Operations Manager. He has bathed in the Hospitality industry for several years before HIM, when he worked in luxury hotels like Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne and Hotel des Bergues in Geneva, on different job positions and departments. In 2016, he took the ultimate challenge within the Operations Department, as Operations Manager and he has been thriving with success since, bringing HIM to whole new evolution standard.

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