Start of the first academic year at SWISSAM Hospitality Business School
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Start of the first academic year at SWISSAM Hospitality Business School
Nikolay Hotelier, 3 October 2012

On 1 October, 2012, a new SWISSAM business school in the hospitality industry officially opened its doors to students. Students of all programs (Hospitality Management – undergraduate/postgraduate and Culinary Arts & Management) took part in the official assembly, had a look at the classrooms and listened to an introductory lecture about their future profession. To celebrate the start of the first academic year, TOHOLOGY prepared a special report so that everyone would, at least for a moment, be able to imagine themselves as a student of the industry one faces daily while visiting restaurants or staying in hotels.

The Rector of the school, Walter Spaltenstein, delivered the opening speech before the new school year. As it was the second time he had opened this kind of school, the launch of this project was a particularly important event for Mr. Spaltenstein. For 20 years, Walter Spaltenstein was President of a business school in Lucerne (Switzerland). Now the time had come to share his knowledge with students in St. Petersburg.

Walter Spaltenstein, Rector of SWISSAM school

Next spoke the Academic Dean Roger-Peter Weizenegger. Mr. Weizenegger started his speech with his memory of standing at the entrance to a hotel school in Switzerland many years ago, with knowledge awaiting him just as it awaits today's students...

Roger-Peter Weizenegger, Academic Dean at SWISSAM

School Director Maria Gorizontova and SWISSAM co-founder Mikhail Tevelev

Mikhail Tevelev

Prior to the red tape cutting ceremony, the floor was given to Dmitry Shubin, General Manager of Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden. Sokos Hotels in St. Petersburg are among the employing partners of SWISSAM business school.

 Dmitry Shubin, Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden

Walter Spaltenstein gives Yana Tsyplakova the first student card:

The school is open!

80 students began their studies.

The Rector and staff of the business school gave a tour of the classrooms.

The party continued in one of the culinary studios.

There were welcome words from industry experts:

Henri Everaars, President of the Russian branch of “Chaine des Rotisseurs” grocery guild

Leonid Garbar, General Director of “Svoi v gorode” restaurant company

And a few more pictures from that day:

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