On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 27 graduates of the Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality (SSTH) in Passugg proudly accepted their coveted diplomas. Each now holds a Swiss Professional Degree "Dipl. Hôtelière-Restauratrice/Hôtelier-Restaurateur HF". The graduates will carry the Swiss values acquired during their education – quality, care and hospitality – out into the world, and their professionalism will shape the future of the hotel and restaurant industry.

27 new professionals for the hotel and restaurant industry
A total of 18 graduates completed the three-year German-language curriculum for the Swiss Professional Degree program at SSTH in Passug. Nine others earned their degrees in the English-language track. With a final grade of 5.5, Dominique Andreae from Val-de-Travers finished at the top of the class in the German track, and Rebecca Lau from Luxembourg earned the same honor in the English track with a final grade of 5.0.  The 27 new hotel and restaurant professionals received their diplomas in a ceremony attended by Markus Brocker (member of the SSTH Executive Board), Martin Michel (Deputy Head of the Office for Higher Education), Jonas Schäfer (hotelleriesuisse), Daniel Grünenfelder (Hotel Quellenhof Bad Ragaz), Stefan Ringgenberg (Hotel Waldhaus Davos) and Werner Nef (HOTELA).  

“An attractive market awaits young talent”
Michael Hartmann (Managing Director of SSTH) and Ulrike Kuhnhenn (Academic Dean of SSTH) congratulated the graduates and together offered up a glimpse of the hospitality market that awaits them. All doors are open for graduates, and well-educated and dedicated professionals are in demand. The hospitality sector has grown by 17 percent over the last ten years, creating 2.2 million new jobs and trending upward. But working in the hotel and restaurant field requires not only a variety of practical skills but social skills as well. “Management is a little like swimming. You can read all the books about swimming that you want. But to really learn how to do it, you have to get in the water,” said Hartmann. The graduates take with them the tools they acquired through their education at SSTH, and now it is time to grow into empathic generalists. SSTH wishes its graduates all the best as they embark on their professional careers and hopes that they will join the alumni family of over 5,000 members and remain in touch with Passugg. 

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