25 Years

25 years of excellence in hospitality education

2016 marked the 25th anniversary of IMI International Management Institute Switzerland. Over the past quarter-century we have prided ourselves in offering our students the highest level of hospitality education and a unique welcoming atmosphere that means that, 25 years later, we are still producing happy and successful graduates. Find out more below…

IMI International Management Institute Switzerland first opened its doors on July 30th 1991. Our founders Mr. Heinz Bürki, Mr. Tom Maher and Mr. Rudolf Fischer along with 10 staff members welcomed 55 students. Today IMI’s 60 strong staff welcomes around 200 students per semester from all over the world to our Luzern campus. We have deliberately remained small. This way our students can be assured of a highly personalised and individual approach to their learning.

The combination of quality academic teaching, Swiss practical training and breathtaking scenery are a recipe for success. Added to this our excellent industry contacts provide CV enhancing internships as well as numerous recruitment opportunities for students on completion of their studies. Our graduates can be found in senior management positions all around the globe. Their success shows that to reach the top, it pays to start at the top!



IMI founded by three shareholders: Heinz Bürki, Rudolf Fischer and Tom Maher


Start of courses at Hotel Waldstaetten, Weggis with 55 students


Programme validation by Manchester Metropolitan University UK


New Dean appointed: Professor Sean Duffy


School moves to Campus Kastanienbaum


IMI membership of the Pacific Asia Tourist Association


New Bachelor of Arts Hospitality Honours Degree launched


New Dean appointed: Professor Roy Wood


School receives highest rating from UK QAA review


EduQua recognition for IMI
School receives ISO 9001:2000 certification


IMI again receives highest rating at QAA review


Partner school agreement: SIM Singapore


IMI participates at Olympic Games in Beijing (Swiss House)


IMI takes part in World Tourism Forum, Luzern
Partner school agreement: Trisakti Intitute of Tourism, Indonesia
Partner school agreement: Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH), Indonesia


20 year anniversary celebration of IMI
IMI opens Hotel Central student accommodation in centre of Luzern


Partner school agreement: Canadian Tourism College, Vancouver
IMI in World Tourism Forum


Launch of the International Culinary Institute (ICI). Programmes validated by Oxford Brookes University, UK
IMI now welcoming 200 students per semester
IMI in World Tourism Forum Lucerne
Launch of IMI Luzern MBA programme validated by the Confederation of Tourism & Hospitality


Isabelle Bürki appointed Vice-President of the Board of Directors continuing the family tradition
ICI students medal winners at ZAGG hospitality and culinary trade fair


Appointment of new Dean: Prof. Theodore Benetatos
IMI in World Tourism Forum Lucerne
Completion of campus-wide room refurbishment project


25th anniversary celebration of IMI


IMI in World Tourism Forum Lucerne
New Programme Launch: Hôtelier-Restaurateur / Hôtelière-Restauratrice HF (Swiss Degree)
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