Thought Leadership Event Marks Les Roches 60th Anniversary

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Les Roches International School of Hotel Management celebrates its 60th Anniversary with a Global Summit on "Breaking Boundaries in Education", bringing together global hospitality leaders to discuss the role education plays in shaping the industry’s future.

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In many corners of the world, our alumni and students are making unique contributions to the industry by leading, transforming and enriching it with their innovation and entrepreneurial approach.

Les Roches International School of Hotel Management is celebrating its 60th anniversary by hosting “Breaking Boundaries in Education,” a conference that will bring together global leaders in the hospitality industry on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. The one-day event includes keynote speeches and panel sessions on innovation, entrepreneurship, employability, as well as the latest trends in hospitality and the role education plays in shaping the industry’s future.

The special event will start with keynote speaker Suzan LeVine, U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland, who will discuss the major global economic and social challenges and the importance of professional education. Panelists include Omer Kaddouri, CEO of Rotana Hotels & Resorts; Michel Gehrig, vice president of talent development at Kempinski; and Rafael Micha, Chief Marketing Officer, GRUPO Habita, which are internationally recognized for their proactive architecture and interior design art. Joining them will be pioneers, such as Zhang Mei, the founder of Wild China and Susan Harmsworth, CEO of ESPA, who have capitalized on trends in sustainable eco-tourism and the burgeoning spa sector.

“It has been a remarkable journey for our school and one that has brought so many reasons to be proud,” said Sonia Tatar, CEO of Les Roches Worldwide. “In many corners of the world, our alumni and students are making unique contributions to the industry by leading, transforming and enriching it with their innovation and entrepreneurial approach.”

Les Roches was founded as an international school in 1954 and was later transformed into an English-taught hotel and tourism school in 1979. In 2000, Les Roches became a member of Laureate Education, the world’s leading higher education provider. Laureate’s more than 80 universities educate over 950,000 students in 29 countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Laureate’s universities offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in fields such as architecture, business, engineering, hospitality management, law and medicine. Today, Les Roches is considered one of the top three schools in the world for an international career in hospitality management. With a community of more than 3,000 students in four campuses in Switzerland, Spain, China and Jordan, it has become one of the most renowned leaders in hospitality education.

The event will be held at the Fondation Pierre Arnaud, close to Les Roches campus in Bluche, and the Alpine resort of Crans-Montana. The conference is followed by an alumni award and gala dinner, recognizing outstanding achievements of Les Roches’ most successful graduates. Alumni will also be recognized in the categories of Good in the World Award, Professional Achievement Award, Young Entrepreneur Award and Innovation Award. The event will be web-streamed to the general public at http://60.lesroches.edu/.

About Les Roches International School of Hotel Management
Les Roches International School of Hotel Management is a private Swiss Institution which offers undergraduate, graduate and post graduate programs. Les Roches is accredited at university level by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) (http://www.neasc.org) and offers programs in the fields of hospitality, tourism, events and entertainment management. Nestled in the Swiss Alps at 1,274 meters in the small village of Bluche, just a few minutes’ drive from the famous ski and golf resort of Crans Montana, Les Roches offers to its international student body a young and dynamic educational environment, perfect to mature and gain experience to start an exciting and diverse professional career. Les Roches students have the possibility to transfer to/from Les Roches branch campuses and affiliated campuses in Spain, China and Jordan.

For more information, please visit: http://www.lesroches.edu. Les Roches is part of Laureate Hospitality Education, a leading hospitality management education group: http://www.laureatehospitality.com.

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