Glion Institute of Higher Education (GIHE) – one of the world’s top three institutions of higher education for an international career in hospitality management – has appointed Georgette Davey as Dean and Liza Humphrey as Campus Director for its first branch campus in the UK. Davey was formerly programme leader for GIHE postgraduate programme and Deputy Dean on the Glion campus in Switzerland. Prior to Glion London, Humphrey wasGlobal Enrolment Management Director at Laureate Hospitality Education, Clarens, Switzerland.
The addition of Glion London, opened August 2013 at the University of Roehampton, illustrates the worldwide growing demand for hospitality professionals across the world. The UK’s hospitality sector is expected to be stronger than any other large western European economy, with London being the main driving force behind the expansion with an additional 5,000 rooms to be opened in 2013 and 3,900 rooms in 20141. The British hospitality sector accounts for 8 per cent of total UK employment2 and the sector is predicted to meet its growth target of 1.8 per cent, reaching a total of £79.7bn3. World Trade and Tourism Council also predict that over the next ten years this industry’s contribution to global UK GDP is expected to rise by 4 per cent per year.
As inaugural Dean, Davey will be responsible for leading GIHE’s academic team in London as they oversee their first 2013 student intake. Davey is a prolific academic and seasoned hospitality management professional, with over 25 years’ experience in the industry, including Hilton International and the Adams Group.
As the new Campus Director, Humphrey will have responsibility for the successful establishment and launch of GIHE London and its ongoing operation. Humphrey and Davey will provide joint leadership and direction to ensure the achievement of GIHE London’s philosophy, mission, strategy and annual goals and objectives.
Glion works closely with the hospitality and tourism industries to prepare students to meet their current needs. Every semester, Glion students continue to attract great interest from the industry and on average, students in their last semester of study have 3.5 interviews with key recruiters from international companies. Over 50 representatives from the hospitality industry, including highly reputed brands such as Mandarin Oriental, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, InterContinental, Four Seasons, Hilton Worldwide, Marriott and Hyatt, visit Glion to recruit from its graduating class.
The new London campus will expand the reach of Glion’s Swiss hospitality education programmes to students and industry leaders in the UK. Initially offering a Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality Management and a Postgraduate Diploma in Hospitality Administration, Glion London is located on the campus of the University of Roehampton in South West London.
Glion is a member of Laureate International Universities, a global network of more than 72 accredited campus-based and online institutions of higher education serving more than 780,000 students in 30 countries.