Validating Partners

Combining the best of Swiss practical training and British academic excellence, IMI’s hospitality and culinary degree programmes have received validation from leading international organisations and educational institutes. These validations offer added value to our students and strengthen the international recognition of our programmes.
Validating partners

Manchester Metropolitan University UK

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.


Oxford Brookes University UK

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.


Global Educational Partners


UOW Malaysia KDU

UOW Malaysia KDU offers IMI programmes at their Penang campus and a dual-award programme at their Kuala Lumpur campus allowing students from Swiss excellence in hospitality management education. UOW Malaysia KDU students also have the option to transfer to IMI to complete their undergraduate or postgraduate degree studies.


SWISSAM - Russia

SWISSAM is the only world-class educational institution in Russia and the CIS specialising in Hospitality & Culinary Arts. It is situated in the very centre of St. Petersburg. It offers an IMI programme and offers SWISSAM students the opportunity to transfer to IMI to complete their hospitality or culinary degree programmes.


Trisakti School of Tourism - Indonesia

With over 11,000 alumni, Trisakti is one of the largest and best-known tourism schools in Indonesia. It's IMI programme taught locally on campus offers students access to our Swiss hospitality expertise, with regular lecturer visits and academic exchange. 


Asian Institute of Technology and Management - Nepal

The Asian Institute of Technology & Management (AITM) was registered on 20 June 2012 to offer high-quality national and international programs in Nepal. It is managed by educationists and professionals with more than three decades of proven experience in both national and international environments. It offers an IMI degree programme for its undergraduate students. For details of the programme, please click here.


Australasian Academy of Hospitality - Sri Lanka

The Australasian Academy (AAH) is the first Australian owned higher education institution in Sri Lanka specialising in hospitality, tourism management and commercial cookery programs. They offer globally recognised programmes which are embedded with paid internships in leading hotels in Sri Lanka and abroad, producing employable and work-ready graduates.

Memberships and Accreditations

British Accreditation Council

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.


Council for Hospitality Management Education – CHME

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.


Institute of Hospitality

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 9001:2015 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.


Swiss Federation of Private Schools - SFPS

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.


Swiss Private School Register

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.


Swiss Tourism

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.


World Tourism Forum Lucerne

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.


International Association of Hotel Schools - EUHOFA

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.


"Studying at IMI was a remarkable experience!"

Nishan Silva

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.

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