S04E04: Inès Blal l Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)
Posted on Aug 30
'Now is THE time for a career in Hospitality. Everything is possible.' - states Inès Blal, Managing Director & Executive Dean at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) in this in-depth interview.
André Baljeu, Founder at techtalk.travel sat down with Inès Blal at the EHL campus in Lausanne, Switzerland. In this conversation, Inès shares her thoughts and views about how higher education and hotel business schools adapt to the change accelerated by the crisis and how the EHL community navigated through this difficult time. She speaks about what future challenges educational institutions face, the importance of the learner's journey, customer-centricity, the problem of hospitality businesses copying each other, the EHL Innovation Village, and much more.
00:35 - Adjusting to radical change
09:06 - Key messages to students and faculty
11:40 - Future challenges for educational institutions
19:56 - Vision on digitization in higher education
24:21 - Why choose a career in hospitality now?
30:53 - Retaining talent and future leaders
34:34 - The EHL Innovation Village
37:24 - Digitizing the academic portfolio and learning experience
39:04 - Inès' favorite hotel and hotel experience
42:28 - Inès' favorite restaurant and food
If you prefer tuning in to the podcast-version of this conversation, find it here and on all major podcast platforms.
Dr. Inès Blal, Executive Dean EHL
Passionate about unlocking human capital, Dr. Inès Blal assumed the deanship and Managing Director position in August 2017. She joined EHL in 2006, as a lecturer, while she was completing her doctoral dissertation. She designed and taught undergraduate, graduate, and executive courses and managed applied research and consulting projects for the hotel industry. She establishes the strategy and leads the development and implementation of blended and digital training programs in a multicultural and global environment. During her fifteen years of experience in higher education, Ines gained expertise in curriculum development, implementation of innovative teaching practices, management at senior level, academic governance, and program accreditation in Europe, North Africa, and the United States.
Inès holds a PhD in Strategic Management in Hospitality and Tourism from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, an MBA in Hospitality Administration from EHL, and a bachelor’s degree in International Business from the INSEEC Group.
Founded in 1893, EHL is considered one of the best hotel management schools in the world. Inès heads up 170 people on the faculty and 3,700 students.
EHL has two campuses in Switzerland, in Lausanne and Chur-Passugg, plus a new campus in Singapore. Each campus brings the strengths and trends of their surrounding industry regions to augment the quality of the student experience. Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management students can request to spend a semester on a different campus from where they are based.
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