Knut G. Rupprecht becomes the Director of SSTH
Mr. Rupprecht will develop detailed concepts for fully integrated, holistic syllabuses spanning classic apprenticeships, higher diploma courses up to Bachelor and Masters degrees in Hotel and Hospitality Management. He will use his extensive knowledge in the field and educational expertise while being assisted by his expert taskforce, headed by Chris Mason (Director). The former Academic Director of
SSTH, Dr. Ursula Gehbauer Tichler, and Dr. Juan Perellon, EHL's Chief Academic Project Officer will also support the new CEO.
Knut G. Rupprecht has many years of experience in HR Management as well as in the fields of professional training and further education. He has worked in large international hotel chains (Rotana Hotels, United Arab Emirates VAE, and Intercontinental Hotels, Switzerland), as well as in the retail industry (Migros, Geneva). "For many years now I have been fully committed to improve the level of training as well as developing modern management and leadership skills in the hospitality sector. At SSTH I want to express my passion for the hospitality industry with a high level of professionalism. Our aim is to turn talented young people into professionals with practical experience and into leaders with integrity. Bridging the gap between SSTH and EHL is a fantastic opportunity for all involved, particularly as both our regions are closely linked on a historical and cultural level," explains Knut G. Rupprecht.
Knut G. Rupprecht, an international hospitality and HR management expert. Since 1st March he is the
CEO of SSTH based in Passugg near Chur.
Bilingual expert in Hospitality and HR Management
Since 2006 Mr. Rupprecht has been a Senior Lecturer at the EHL. During his long career in the hospitality industry he has been involved in the opening of 14 hotels in the Middle East and in Switzerland.In 2000, together with the Swiss Embassy in Abu Dabi (UAE), he founded the Swiss Business Council and became its first President.
Between 2004 and 2006 he was the coordinator for the implementation of the international HR quality standard Investors in People (IIP). He completed his
Masters (MAS) in Human Systems Engineering (HSE) in 2011 and is a certified NLP practitioner. In his Masters thesis Blended Learning for Complexity – an Innovative Learning Model he developed a new and innovative Blended Learning Methodology.
Knut G. Rupprecht (50) was born in Solothurn. He was brought up bilingual and studied in western Switzerland and trained in a number of hotels in German-speaking Switzerland (including St. Gallen and Egerkingen). He is married and has two sons.
About Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)
Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) is an ambassador for traditional Swiss hospitality and has been a pioneer in hospitality education since 1893. It has created and inspired a unique professional community of over 25,000 hospitality managers, united by the values and the legacy of EHL. EHL is a leading university that provides learning solutions for enthusiastic, talented and ambitious students from 114 different countries. With undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, EHL offers its students a range of on-campus and online education opportunities at different stages of their professional journey. EHL is regularly recognized as the best hotel management school in the world with the highest graduate employment rates in the industry. EHL is a member of EHL Holding SA, a Group dedicated to hospitality management education