Michel Rochat, CEO, EHL. Michel Rochat, CEO, EHL.

Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) will be offering a new MBA in Hospitality as of September 2017, with 80% of the curriculum available through a distance learning platform.

This new programme is part of EHL’s broader commitment to defining industry standards, and is also the first time that EHL is offering digital learning.

The new MBA in Hospitality is specifically designed for professionals whose time is scarce, but who wish to further their knowledge in hospitality and move on to positions with greater responsibility.

The programne offers the flexibility of taking anything from 12 to 36 months to complete, and EHL is developing a customised digital education platform for this MBA that will be accessible 24/7 and can be used regardless of the location or the device.

In the new MBA, two of the modules require on-site presence which will allow students to meet with experienced faculty, industry experts and their fellow EHL peers.

Successful MBA graduates will also become part of the world’s biggest hospitality alumni network, according to a statement by EHL.

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"After an observation and development phase, which started about five years ago, we are proud to have produced a highly relevant, interactive and flexible programme," said EHL CEO Michel Rochat.

"Our new MBA blends access to world-class faculty and a prestigious industry network and offers students a unique combination of knowledge and practical experience. We believe that it is the right time for the industry, whose projected growth needs to be supported by a higher number of qualified professionals.

"This programme is both versatile and exciting, and will provide future graduates with a set of highly transferable skills at a time when our industry is experiencing important changes,” Rochat added.

Applications to EHL’s MBA in Hospitality are now open.

EHL currently offers five academic programmes; a Bachelor, a Master of Science, an MBA, an Executive MBA and a Master Class.