Mastering International Talent Development and Training

Developed and masterminded  by HTMi’s Bernie Quinn  (Academic Dean HTMi (Singapore)) , HTMI
launches its drive to develop the talent in each and every student and staff at HTMi, to support
career development and to support the HTMi brand and international development activity. During the Summer, HTMi held its first in a series of International Task Force Development Training and Selection , where candidates can get involved  in career development activity, with the possibility of selection into the HTMi International Task Force , to help support. HTMi growing number of international partners globally. Delegates taking part in the inaugural Task Force Training and Selection were : from left to right : Popa Dan, Jonathon Lim, Dominic Krizan, (Mr Bernie Quinn, Centre), Aishah Siti, Stefanos Mourelatos, Tharini Nair, and Sergei Jezelev. HTMi will soon announce  more key developments in our international development  strategy.
“Talent is the greatest asset an organisation has , by harnessing and developing it  turns this asset into a powerful force”.
Bernie A Quinn, HTMi.

HTMi (Singapore) Team Visits Switzerland Campus for Training

Congratulations to Aishah (Recruitment and Career Manager)  and Shoba ( Student Services Executive) for successfully
completing their training on administration and processes for international students. HTMi (Singapore) will now expand its role to include supporting the local Singapore Hospitality and Tourism Industry as well as supporting the International Hotel and Tourism Industry .

HTMi Graduation & Awards Ceremony Summer 2017

Here at HTMi we feel very proud to announce that another challenging semester has come to an end. On Thursday, 8th June 2017 another fantastic Graduation & Awards Ceremony Summer 2017 took place in the Gottfried Keller Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Hotel Zürich, where we happily celebrated the achievements of our students and staff.

We welcomed the graduates of the undergraduate and post-graduate courses. In attendance to hand out the parchments were Prof. Paul Bartholomew, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education), Prof. Una McMahon-Beattie, Head of Department Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Ms. Ursula Quinn, Senior Lecturer and HTMi Co-ordinator, Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management. The post-graduate awards were handed out by Prof. Russell Rimmer, HTMi Professor of Research Development.

As with all previous graduation and award ceremonies, the excitement and tension grew towards the end of the awards ceremony where those students who won the Excellent Professional Behaviour & Attitude Awards, Ambassador Awards and the Excellent Student Awards waited patiently to find out where they will be going on the next HTMi Career Trip. Finally, the wait was over as after previous trips to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, London, Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Thailand, and Berlin  the students discovered that they are going on a career trip to visit the top hotels in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

As Mr. Ian Larmour, Director of HTMi, Hotel and Tourism Management Institute said: “We are delighted that you chose to send your sons and daughters to study at our Institute, and entrust us with their preparation for careers in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry. The training and the courses today’s graduates have completed have been very intensive and challenging and indeed many of the students who are graduating today, have now come to the end of their preparations for the world of work.”


HTMi staff and students were very honored to a have a visit from the Kazakhstan Embassy to Switzerland

The HTMi staff and students were very honoured to have the Minister-Counsellor of Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Switzerland, Dr. Gaukhar Beiseeva and Embassy`s Consul Mr. Yerkebulan Tauyekel visited us recently for a day. While meeting with Mr. David Hailstones, the Director of Operations, Mr. Charles Hains the Director of Academics, Mr. Laszlo Nagy, Operations Manager, and Mr. Vinoth Prakas, Director of Diplomatic Relations. They also had some valuable time to meet our Kazakhstan students studying at HTMi this semester.

HTMi looks forward to the continued support in the future and more news to follow with regards to the cooperation with our Kazakhstan counterparts.


Congratulations to Mr. Vid Hočevar Hvorostanski (Slovenia)

The HTMi Career Centre wishes to share yet another excellent update from Mr. Vid Hočevar Hvorostanski (Slovenia) our diploma student.

Vid recently confirmed his exciting internship with the Hansar Hotel Bangkok.


We all wish Vid the very best with his continued success with this new position and department learning, this will definitely be a valuable experience and add to his career portfolio.
Please his story so far:
My Certificate course brought me the opportunity for an internship at the Regent Hotel, Berlin. Regent is considered to be one of the best luxury hotels in Germany. The experience I gained was mainly in the F&B Department, where I got the chance to learn 2 star michelin service, as well as serving top VIP guests. Due to this, I was able to hone my day to day operations skills, which allows me to come up with innovative and efficient ideas when it comes to F&B. I am happy to announce that I have signed a six month contract for the Hansar Hotel F&B department/Guest relations in Bangkok, Thailand. There I will be able to apply my leadership skills, as well as other aspects of quality guest service. I see this as a great opportunity, as I have had an ever-growing interest to work in Asia. Asia, for me is an highly emerging market, where I will gain the best of the best when it comes to quality hospitality. The goal of this placement is to implement the skills and knowledge that I have gained from my past experiences, as well as the recent diploma course.
The Career Centre is very proud yet again to share more and more Internship and Graduate news each week. Best regards from all the HTMi team.
For more exciting news and information about Slovenian students and culture at HTMi Switzerland, please visit our facebook page: HTMi Switzerland – Slovenia

Ceyda Denk – Turkey – BSc (Hons) Degree

Dear future HTMI family members,

Before coming to HTMI, I used to be in a University in France studying History of Arts majoring in Photography. Then I realized that I wanted to build myself a career in the Events Industry and decided to come from France to beautiful Soerenberg to be a hospitality student.I’m currently studying the BSc (Hons) course here at HTMI and it’s sadly my last semester here. Being a part of the HTMI family for the past 3 years has given me more than taking away from me. The enthusiasm of the management, the warmth of the students, the beautiful environment. It’s actually everything that a person could wish for.

For something to be inspiring, it has to stir emotions. It has to make one realize the potential within them and what they would wish to achieve. HTMI’s strategy in blending theory and practical, giving the students the chance to go on internships, supporting them to build and learn skills, have a professional attitude at all times and most importantly drive them away from their comfort zone. This is the outstanding system that is established here. It gives you the skills and knowledge but at the same time the professionalism to execute them.

I will be graduating this year however I made memories here that I will keep with me, a lifetime friendships that will cross paths no matter where I’ll go.

For giving us that HTMI will always have my gratitude and appreciation.

Ceyda Denk



Sarah Jane Raya – Mauritius – PGD

Hello, I am Sarah-Jane Raya and I come from a beautiful island called Mauritius. I have always dreams to study in a foreign country to broaden my horizon and discover new cultures. Switzerland was my choice of study since it is considered to be the world leading in Hospitality industry. It is one of the beautiful places in the world with its breathtaking landscapes, scenic lakes and panoramic mountains.

I came to HTMi last year to study Postgraduate Diploma in Events Management. During my study, I got the chance to discover students from different countries and nationalities and learn about Hospitality industry.

In HTMi, we have more than 50 events, which are being organized by the students in different classes. As Postgraduate student in Events, I have the chance to learn events management through planning, running and evaluating. It was very challenging and interesting since it is “Learning by doing” course.

Through these events, I create new friends of different cultural background. Working in a team also gives me the opportunities to discover management and leadership skills. It also helps to reinforce and strengthen the bond relationship between students and staff.

Teaching is very interactive. The teachers are very sympathy, dynamic and passionate about their work. Role-plays, group work, simulations, seminars and doing Entrepreneurial project help me to be creative and innovative: “Thinking out of the box”.

Using of latest Technology in teaching makes the learning more fascinating. iPod/iPad are offered by the school to all students and this help to keep up-to-date to the latest trends and social media aspects.

I had also the opportunity to do my internship in a five star hotels for six months in Geneva. It helps me to acquire and deepen my experience in a challenging environment. In both my study and internship, a lot of emphasis has been laid upon “Guest Quality Service” and the “WOW effect” which make the experience of studying and working comprehensively valuable.

This year, I embark to a new programme called Event Management in Training (E-MiT). This course will certainly help me to acquire experience in training students, communicating and building up my knowledge in leadership and interpersonal skills. I encourage each and every one to never give up to their dreams and to be persevering in life.


Gulnar Sadi – Kazakhstan – Higher Diploma

My name is Gulnar and I am from Kazakhstan. I started my study at HTMi in January 2011 and I am currently doing my Higher Diploma course. This is my 3rd semester in HTMi, therefore this place became for me as a home. When I first arrived at HTMi I felt confused and anxious, but everyone was very friendly and helped me to get accustomed to a new place.

School is located in a wonderful place with a magnificent view of the mountains, where students can fully concentrate on their studies without being distracted. In order to provide students impeccable knowledge, HTMi uses the latest technology, which makes the learning process more interesting and efficient. Training is also one of the best parts of the learning process. First of all, it allows students to use theoretical knowledge in practice and secondly, during internship it helps student feel more confident and to be more productive. Furthermore, due to multicultural ambiance, I came to know many international students and it opened up my mind to another sector and gave me more opportunities to make new friends from all over the world. Also, not forgetting the improvement of my language and communication skills.

Life at HTMi is always interesting and joyful because it has many events, which are organised by students, such as International night, Mr and Ms HTMi, wedding event and different types of theme parties. It allows students not only to enjoy the event, but it also helps to get theoretical knowledge and practical experience. Now I am really happy to be able to study at HTMi and I can certainly say that I am very proud to be a student at one of the leading hospitality schools in Switzerland.


Aleksandr Gorbenko – Lithuania – PGD

My name is Aleksandr Gorbenko, I am from Latvia / Lithuania and I just started my Certificate Course here, at HTMi. While studying in school I have already decided to dedicate my future life to the Hospitality Industry. Since I have heard about HTMi for the first time I never stopped dreaming about my being here. On the 23th of January 2010 my dream came true and now I am a student of this institute.

My first day here – fantastic, every day here I feel like that. Every day I find something new about this place, which fascinates me. Atmosphere in the whole town cannot be described in words. The town of S?renberg is surrounded by a snowy mountain range…spectacular nature views like ours here leave a deep impression on anyone. People who are leaving here are very friendly. The atmosphere inside HTMi is very warm and family-like. It creates the feeling that you are actually at home.

HTMi’s motto is: “Come as a student, leave as a manager”. Education System is very thoroughly thoughtful here. The ideal balance is found between academic knowledge and practice. Students can study and then immediately apply gathered knowledge into practise. The campuses we live in are hotels, so while we are here – we are working, studying, living in a real hotel. This system gives the opportunity to understand more clearly the hospitality industry from within itself and makes students more competitive, because they leave the Institute as an experienced hotel operators. In my vision this system unites the best features from other education systems, consequently making it the best.

All lecturers and operating staff are very responsive and always ready to help. They always encourage, motivate and inspire students to create new personal aspirations and goals we can reach in future, and they help us to expose our strengths, to spot weaknesses and turn them in advantages.

For a rather short time of being here, I made a lot of international friends, I am really grateful for it, as I have the opportunity to learn from different cultures.

The assembly of those factors makes being here absolutely and undoubtedly an unforgettable experience.

Aleksandr Gorbenko



Nina Schul – Germany – BSc (Hons) Degree

Hi, I am Nina Schul. I come from Germany and I am a direct entry student. I am currently enrolled in the BSc Degree in International Hotel and Tourism Management. Having completed my Higher Diploma in Hospitality Management in Mauritius, I was eager to continue my studies in Switzerland. My wish was to come to HTMi because they have a partnership with the hotel school of Mauritius and I heard a lot about the good way of teaching here at HTMi.

In the beginning it was very hard for me to adapt, seeing that I was not used to the style of learning and teaching but after some time and with the help of the teachers I settled well. HTMi provides an excellent environment for studying and enjoying at the same time. The teachers are highly qualified and always eager to help and support the students.

My past internships I have done in the Hilton Hotel and the Sofitel Imperial in Mauritius and the third work placement, I completed at the St. Anne Resort & Spa in the Seychelles. These three hotels were beach resorts, but now I am looking forward to work in a good hotel in Switzerland, in which HTMi will support me.

My future goal is to become a Rooms Division Manager one day and I strongly believe that the studies at HTMi will help me in achieving this dream by teaching me a professional attitude and behavior.

 Nina Schul
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