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 Swissôtel Hotels and Cornell University Collaborate
to Develop Swissôtel  eUniveristy

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SINGAPORE, 19 November 2004 – Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts, managed by Raffles International, is pleased to announce the successful development of Swissôtel eUniversity, in partnership with Cornell University.  Swissôtel eUniversity is envisaged to provide top-notch education via the Internet to over 7,000 Swissôtel staff in Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America.  Graduates of Swissôtel eUniversity will receive eCornell certificates offered by Cornell University’s renowned Hotel School of Hotel Administration.

A subsidiary of Cornell University, eCornell is a leading provider of executive and professional development, delivering online courses in Hospitality Management, Essential Management Skills, Food & Beverage Management and Human Resource Management.  Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts Group Director of Human Resources, Lawrence Lee said, “eCornell’s outstanding course content, especially in the area of Hospitality Management, and the instructor-led online format were the primary reasons we selected them as our principal provider of Hospitality and Management courses.” 

Tom Abogabal, eCornell’s Director of Corporate Accounts added, “It became apparent in our discussions that the development of a cost effective and viable learning centre will have to involve e-learning given the hectic schedules of the hospitality executives. eCornell is accessible to managers across the globe and easily administered and managed via the web without additional infrastructure or IT delivery costs.” 

Meinhard Huck, Managing Director of Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts said, “Swissôtel eUniversity fulfils our need to provide a highly effective and innovative training platform for our managers who form the cornerstone of our organisation.  This will ensure Swissôtel’s competitive edge in delivering quality service and customised care.” 

John Neuman, eCornell’s CEO added, “eCornell is delighted to have Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts as a business partner.  We are pleased that the hotel group selected eCornell to deliver Ivy League instruction to their employees worldwide.”

About eCornell (www.ecornell.com) 

Established and wholly-owned by Cornell University, eCornell has the most comprehensive online, professional and executive development curriculum offered by any top-20 university in the United States.  eCornell provides exceptional online learning experiences tailored for professional and executive development in the areas of strategy, leadership and management development, human resources, financial management, and hospitality management.  Collaboration between Cornell faculty experts and learning and user-experience designers provide for engaging, rigorous, and interactive learning.  For more information, please visit www.ecornell.com.

About Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts (www.swissotel.com)

Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts is a distinctive group of deluxe hotels for today’s discerning modern business and leisure traveller. It combines individual, modern and functional design with local character and renowned standards of Swiss hospitality, service efficiency and product quality. Located in gateway destinations and city centres, the hotels offer convenient access to business and shopping districts and local attractions. Many of the 24 hotels in Swissôtel's worldwide portfolio have won prestigious awards and accolades.


 
Contact:
Goh Kah Lin 
Manager Corporate & Marketing 
Communications
Raffles International Ltd
Tel: (65) 6430-1366
Email: goh.kahlin@raffles.com
Also See: Raffles Hotel Singapore Continues Pursuit of Excellence / June 2004
Le Montreux Palace in Switzerland, Managed by Raffles International, Now Known as Raffles Le Montreux Palace / May 2004


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