AcademicsIHTTI School of Hotel & Design Management recognised for excellence in worldwide ranking

Every year since its creation in 2004, The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Rankings publishes a global ranking of top universities. For its 2019 edition, QS Rankings surveyed over 83,000 academics and 42,000 employers and evaluated 1,100 educational institutions worldwide.

This year, IHTTI School of Hotel & Design Management, a boutique-style school in Neuchatel, was ranked one of the Top 20 higher education institutions in the world in the Hospitality and Leisure Management category.

Our team at IHTTI is dedicated to providing our students with memorable experiences and a life-changing education. This recognition from QS is a testament to our student-centred approach and passion for helping our students develop their leadership skills and explore and reveal their untapped potential.
Jaco von Wielligh, Academic Director of IHTTI School of Hotel Management

IHTTI School of Hotel & Design Management has a unique academic focus, pairing design and hospitality in its programmes. Students discover the thinking process behind traditional design and learn to apply it to other elements of hospitality helping them to become experienced and thoughtful Designers of Experiences.


QS Ranking IHTTI, best school worldwide


The institution’s location at the heart of the Watch Valley, Switzerland’s creativity and innovation hub and home to world-famous brands such as Patek Philippe, Omega, Rolex and Swatch, provides a perfect backdrop to students’ design thinking focused hospitality education.

The campus is situated in a former hotel in the heart of Neuchatel, a dynamic university city, and welcomes around 200 students from over 50 nationalities. Staff knows everyone’s name and strives to offer personal attention and guidance to each student, creating a close-knit and supportive community.

IHTTI School of Hotel Management has a dedicated design studio where students discover the principles of interior design in order to personalise and transform the look and feel of a space. They acquire technical skills by learning and applying design software including AutoCAD and Adobe Photoshop focusing on concepts of functionality, sustainability, space and flow and branding.


QS Ranking IHTTI, best school worldwide


Multiple industry partners are closely collaborating with IHTTI to create industry-relevant curricula: HBA/Hirsch Bedner, the world’s leading hospitality design firm; John Paul, the world’s premier provider of global concierge services; Alessi, the Italian factory of design; Trolle, a creator of bespoke airline trolley designs and Andaz, Hyatt’s luxury lifestyle boutique hotel brand. These companies generously offer their professional insights, host guest lectures and masterclasses and involve students in real-world design projects where they can directly apply their learnings.

IHTTI is the first academic institution outside of UK to be accredited by The Chartered Society of Designers, the internationally recognised body for the design profession. This membership builds IHTTI graduates’ credibility and signals to the employers, clients and the market overall that they practice to the highest standards.


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