Academic ranking of French hotel schools

Hotelschool ranking

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Academic level

According to an IFOP survey on a representative sample of French hospitality professionals (IFOP, 2009), the three main criteria for the recruitment of a hotel school graduate are:
1 - what French call "le sens du service", a certain compatibility with the service industry;
2 - a good knowledge of the techniques used in hotels and restaurants;
3 - a professional knowledge of English (this criteria is number 1 for 4 and 5-stars hotels).

Based on this information, the language of teaching and the nature of the school are evident criteria. The techniques used in hotels and the "sens du service" will be better understood in a proper hotel school, compared to a business school or university. The first criteria, the nature of the diploma, is more specific to France, where a real Master (MSc or MA) is rare compared to school certificates. In a Master degree, compared to a diploma or certificate, lecturers hold a PhD in the specialty they teach. The program is established according to University regulations, it focuses on learning outcomes such as leadership, ethics or personal development.

A Master degree is based on research, students must have access to recent research articles and learn how to use and write research through activities. This is how they learn to master complex subjects, in constant evolution, to update their understanding of subjects such as strategy, marketing or management. In France, only ESH Paris Hotelschool offers a Master degree, other French hotelschools offer diplomas or certificates, even though they market these programs under the name MBA or MSc, they are not Masters (MBA and MSc are not a protected names in France, Master is).
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Methodology

The hotelschool ranking is established using three criteria, based on public information, usually available on each school's website. The three criteria are:

1 - the nature of the certification (first rank is for university Masters, then diplomas and certificates);

2 - the language of teaching, as a measurement of the international dimension of the diploma (English first, then English and French and finally all in French);

3 - the type of school (hotel school with restaurant, business school, school of tourism).

Only hospitality programs are in the top-10, some tourism programs are nonetheless ranked in the Excel ranking.
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2017 Hotelschool Ranking

The academic hotel school's ranking distinguishes schools that offer a Master degree rather than a professional certification, frequent in France but less valued in the world and with a lower academic level.
1 - ESH Paris Hotelschool

Master in International Tourism and Hospitality Management
2 - Institut Paul Bocuse

Certificat de Directeur général à l'international : hôtellerie et restauration
3 - IMHI ESSEC

Certification de Manager en hôtellerie internationale
4 - AIM

Certification de Directeur d’établissement de luxe dans le secteur de l’hôtellerie
5 - Institut Vatel

Certification de Directeur d'hôtellerie internationale
6 - INSEEC

Certification de Manager Marketing et Commercial
7 - IEMI-CMH

Certification de Directeur d'établissement de luxe dans le secteur de l'hôtellerie
8 - Ecole de Savignac

Certification de Manager des entreprises de l’hôtellerie, du tourisme et de la restauration
9 - SKEMA CNAM

Certificat de fin d'études
10 - Ferrières

Certificat de fin d'études
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Methodology

The hotelschool ranking is established using three criteria, based on public information, usually available on each school's website. The three criteria are:

1 - the nature of the certification (first rank is for university Masters, then diplomas and certificates);

2 - the language of teaching, as a measurement of the international dimension of the diploma (English first, then English and French and finally all in French);

3 - the type of school (hotel school with restaurant, business school, school of tourism).

Only hospitality programs are in the top-10, some tourism programs are nonetheless ranked in the Excel ranking.
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Academic level

According to an IFOP survey on a representative sample of French hospitality professionals (IFOP, 2009), the three main criteria for the recruitment of a hotel school graduate are:
1 - what French call "le sens du service", a certain compatibility with the service industry;
2 - a good knowledge of the techniques used in hotels and restaurants;
3 - a professional knowledge of English (this criteria is number 1 for 4 and 5-stars hotels).

Based on this information, the language of teaching and the nature of the school are evident criteria. The techniques used in hotels and the "sens du service" will be better understood in a proper hotel school, compared to a business school or university. The first criteria, the nature of the diploma, is more specific to France, where a real Master (MSc or MA) is rare compared to school certificates. In a Master degree, compared to a diploma or certificate, lecturers hold a PhD in the specialty they teach. The program is established according to University regulations, it focuses on learning outcomes such as leadership, ethics or personal development.

A Master degree is based on research, students must have access to recent research articles and learn how to use and write research through activities. This is how they learn to master complex subjects, in constant evolution, to update their understanding of subjects such as strategy, marketing or management. In France, only ESH Paris Hotelschool offers a Master degree, other French hotelschools offer diplomas or certificates, even though they market these programs under the name MBA or MSc, they are not Masters (MBA and MSc are not a protected names in France, Master is).
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