Dating back to 1824, Manchester Metropolitan University is one of the largest and most popular universities in the UK. They have over 36,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, including a diverse community of 3,000 international students from 120 countries. The University is now placed among the global top 3% of institutions and is one of the top 150 universities in the world under 50 years old (source: Times Higher Education). The university was the biggest riser in the Complete University Guide 2017 ranking of UK universities.
First opening its doors to students in 1865, Oxford Brookes is now one of the UK’s leading modern universities with an international reputation for teaching excellence and innovation. Its School of Hospitality Management is one of the world’s principal providers of management education and has fostered strong links within business and industry. The university caters for almost 20,000 students through its full range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. It offers over 160 undergraduate degree choices and around 200 postgraduate options.
For over 30 years the Confederation of Tourism & Hospitality (CTH) has focused on developing and adding value to careers in this global industry. CTH is the UK’s leading professional awarding body for qualifications in the hospitality and tourism sector. The organization now has accredited colleges worldwide offering the sought after CTH qualifications. Quality is ensured through its approved status with Ofqual and the QCA’s UK accredited qualification framework.
British Accreditation Council accreditation is regarded by students, agents and governments throughout the world as a very reliable guide to educational quality within the private sector. For example, institutions accredited by BAC are recognized as qualifying to enrol visa students by UK Government's Home Office. With over 25 years of experience, BAC inspectors with their extensive knowledge of the educational sector provide invaluable advice to accredited institutions like IMI.
IMI is regulated by the Canton of Luzern for the provision of quality standards in adult education. The Canton of Luzern regulates IMI to ensure quality standards in higher education are delivered. We offer a Swiss Degree in International Hospitality Management / Dipl. Hôtelier/ère-Restaurateur/rice HF programme which is currently under federal approval.
The Council for Hospitality Management Education is a non-profit making organisation representing UK, European and International universities and colleges offering higher education programmes in the fields of hospitality studies, hospitality management, and related fields. It is CHME’s stated purpose to contribute to the professional development and status of UK, European and International hospitality management education, through the sharing of best practice in scholarship and pedagogy.
EduQua is the first Swiss quality management for educational institutions recommended by the Swiss Conference of the Cantonal Educating Directors. Over 1000 schools, institution and academies in all parts of Switzerland have the eduQua label ensuring audited high quality standards.
Is an international professional body for managers and aspiring managers working and studying in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry promoting quality standards and education spans more than 100 countries. IMI is a subscriber to the Institute of Hospitality's Education Membership Scheme (EMS), which allows our hospitality, events and tourism students the opportunity to register for student membership with the Institute a low charge for the duration of their courses. From students to Fellows, the Institute continues to support members' professional development throughout their careers, wherever they are in the world. The Institute provides access to e-books and journals, as well as its catalogue. Students are encouraged to join to help shape the future of the Institute and to keep up to date with the hospitality sector.
International Organization for Standardization. ISO is the world's largest developer and publisher of international standards. Standards make a major and positive contribution to our lives and support the development of desirable qualities such as efficiency, reliability and environmental awareness. IMI was one of the first Swiss Colleges to meet ISO's exacting standards of 9001:2000 and showing that its commitment to continual improvement in quality. ISO insures IMI industry partners that its programmes are delivered in line with hospitality sector requirements and industry standard, which increases employability of IMI students. \\"IMI is organized and managed efficiently to meet the needs of its first set of customers, the students, as well as its second set, the future employers of the students". Adrian Burkhardt, Lead Auditor, ISO - SQS.
Swiss Tourism's quality label is supported by all major Swiss tourism associations to enhance and safeguard the quality of service in Switzerland. The top level of QQQ means that IMI has successfully implemented a comprehensive and internationally recognised Quality Management System into its strategy, structure and daily operations. There are all together ONLY 3 Hotel Management Schools which have been accredited with this label of superior quality.
The 260 schools and colleges belonging to the Swiss Federation of Private Schools (SFPS) provide a personalised service with regard to students’ educational goals. The members of the federation, including IMI, support and encourage innovation, and are recognized nationally and internationally as the leading private schools in Switzerland.
The purpose of this Register is to certify high standards of educational services and thereby demonstrate the integrity and credibility of the registered private schools to the public, to authorities and to students. In addition, the Register aims to protect Switzerland's reputation as a centre for high quality educational activity as well as to safeguard the reputation of its private educational institutions. It helps students and parents to determine whether a particular educational institution is reputable and worthy of their confidence.
IMI is an official member of Schweiz Tourismus (Swiss Tourism). Swiss Tourism is the national marketing and sales organisation for Switzerland, insuring the quality of hospitality services provided.
The World Association of Chefs Societies, or Worldchefs, is a global network of chefs associations founded in October 1928 at the Sorbonne in Paris. Today, this global body has 93 official chefs associations as members that represent over 10 million professional chefs worldwide. Worldchefs is a non-political professional organization dedicated to maintaining and improving the culinary standards of global cuisines through education, training and professional development of its international membership. As an authority and opinion leader on food, Worldchefs represents a global voice on all issues related to the culinary profession.
IMI is the only private school to be partnered with the World Tourism Forum Lucerne (WTFL). The WTFL takes place every two years and brings together leading industry representatives and academics for a series of lectures, workshops and discussion groups.
The Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS) was established in 1991 to develop transnational educational initiatives in tourism and leisure. ATLAS provides a forum to promote staff and student exchange, transnational research and to facilitate curriculum and professional development. ATLAS currently has members in about 60 countries.
The European Association of Hotel and Tourism Schools (AEHT) is the largest such association in Europe. The AEHT consists of members from 39 European countries, among which are all EU states and six non-European member states.
Founded in 1951, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a not-for profit association that is internationally acclaimed for acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its member organisations, comprising 95 government, state and city tourism bodies, 29 international airlines, airports and cruise lines, 63 educational institutions, and hundreds of travel industry companies in Asia Pacific and beyond.
International Tourism Institute – ITI - is the first tourism research and development institute founded in 1994 in Slovenia with wide international recognition. It implements profound knowledge, sophisticated methodologies, and extensive experience in economics, management, marketing, capacity building and education in leisure industry. Long list of realized projects in Slovenia, EU and Southeast Europe gives ITI strong position to be competent and reliable provider of tourism expertise and consulting.
EUHOFA International is a non-profit association of hotel school directors and deans of hospitality colleges and universities who meet and work continuously to ensure the highest quality of education in their institutes. It is governed by statutes and administered by a committee.
In 1978, a group of students from the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore School of Business and Economics (now The Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics) identified a need to recognize hospitality and tourism students for outstanding academic achievement, meritorious service and demonstrated professionalism.
from Sri Lanka , graduated in 1992
My time at IMI was a remarkable experience, both academically and socially, as I met students from many different countries. Memories of cultural diversity among students, engagement and camaraderie are still fresh in my mind today and most of us are still very good friends from our class. The leadership techniques of Mr Burki and the IMI faculty lecturers were fascinating, and we learned new skills in Hotel Management every day. Plus the beauty of Switzerland, the taste of fondue and the wines from Valais were to die for!
I travelled to many neighbouring countries while at IMI, taking advantage of Switzerland’s central location in Europe. I was placed at Hilton Basel through IMI, which was the start of my career with Hilton. I then continued to work for Hilton Worldwide in five different countries for 18 long and very rewarding years. I have now returned to Cebu to strengthen Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu’s position as the leading business hotel in Cebu.