Discover Germany, Issue 47, February 2017

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Discover Germany  |  Special Theme  |  Top Educational Institutions Switzerland

Dive into your career where others go on holiday Situated in the picturesque environment of the Swiss Canton of Lucerne, the International Management Institute (IMI) is an international private hotel management school that offers degree courses in hotel, tourism and event management as well as postgraduate studies at MBA level for hospitality management. At the same time, IMI is well known for its provision of culinary programmes through its culinary institute ICI, all the way up to BA level. TEXT: CORNELIA BRELOWSKI  I  PHOTOS: IMI

The Kastanienbaum campus was founded in 1991 and is set within a beautiful scenery of lakes and mountains. Students can dive into the world of the hotel and culinary industry profiting from the dual Swiss system of vocational education and practical training in combination with an academic degree programme by universities such as the Manchester Metropolitan University and Oxford Brookes University. 74  |  Issue 47  |  February 2017

IMI is taking students from a Certificate to a BA Degree (with Honors) in just three years, including two six-month long, paid internships. Students first learn the key practical and management skills needed to succeed in the industry before choosing from one of five specialist pathways for their last year of study: international hotel management; international hotel & tourism management; international hotel

& events management; international tourism & events management; international hospitality entrepreneurship. Since 2013, the campus also includes a culinary programme at the ICI, where budding chefs de cuisine are trained in small classes and encouraged to form their own unique culinary style. At the same time, they are getting familiar with the necessary basics in business management, enabling them to one day fulfill their dream of opening their own restaurant. IMI guarantees personal support in finding the perfect paid internship placement, both in Switzerland and internationally. Renowned guest lecturers from the hospitality and tourism industry regularly