Friday, August 4, 2017

Alpine Story - Yekaterina Ilyachshenko - BA(Hons) International Hospitality & Tourism Management



Yekaterina Ilyachshenko, Kazakhstan

BA(Hons) International Hospitality & Tourism Management 2019

My name is Yekaterina Ilyachshenko. I came to Greece from Kazakhstan because I heard that Alpine Center, the Hospitality & Tourism Management Department of City Unity College not only offered the best Swiss and British education in hospitality management but also because they offer us internship and career opportunities in leading hotels.

Our campus is a hotel where students live and at the same time have applied hotel operations as one of the modules, first year acting as a team member and second year as a supervisor. This prepared us so much for our internships. We built confidence and earned many skills. I had the opportunity to apply my skills at 5 star beautiful hotels in Crete which is one of the most interesting Greek islands. This whetted my appetite to continue my studies and earn a Bachelor’s degree because I want to progress to a managerial position.

Studying at the Bachelor’s level was more demanding as British education requires considerable research and reading. The modules were very useful especially the Sales, Marketing, Advertising & PR Module, Tourism Planning & Development, Entrepreneurship and Business Planning where we had to produce a business plan and present it.

After all this, I feel confident I can open my own business one day. Our Academic Dean was very helpful, so were each and every faculty and staff member.

I have now completed the Dissertation for my Bachelor’s degree (honors) International Hospitality & Tourism Management franchised from Cardiff Metropolitan University UK and feel ready to embark on my exciting career.

As a first year student, mastering Food & Beverage Operations and Service!


Decorating the school’s Christmas Tree

In her final year, volunteering as a hostess in the Career Day!

Friendships made at College are priceless and forever!

Presenting her Business Plan as part of the Entrepreneurship module


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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Alpine Success Story | Lambros Vakiaros - winner of the Greek Master Chef Competition 2017,

Congratulations to the winner of the Greek Master Chef Competition 2017, Lambros Vakiaros, Alpine Graduate 2011!

 In his words:
"Alpine Center gave me a superb foundation for my career as a chef"

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Alpine Story | Marialena Katra, BA(Hons) International Hospitality & Tourism Management 2019

Marialena Katra, Greece

BA(Hons) International Hospitality & Tourism Management 2019
Swiss Alpine Center Diploma in Hotel Management, 2016-2018

I was fortunately given the opportunity to work in a hotel the past summer to have a taste of a career in hotel management. Right from the beginning I felt this is an exciting career that I would like to pursue. Selecting Swiss Alpine Center, now the Hospitality & Tourism Management Department of City Unity, to proceed with my education for a career in hospitality and tourisms has been the greatest choice of my life!

Our campus which includes an operating hotel in the beautiful Athens Riviera provided the perfect combination of both practical lessons and theoretical courses. This is ideal to achieve a motivating environment for the students, providing them with skills and knowledge required to build a bright career in this huge industry. The opportunities rising in this school are countless.

I just finished my first academic year and currently performing my first industry placement at the Athens Hilton, one of the leading hospitality chains internationally. Studying for my BA(Hons) which is awarded by Cardiff Metropolitan University at our campus here makes me feel secure that I will achieve all of my goals! I am so proud of being a member of the Alpine family!

Career Day at Alpine gives us the opportunity to interview with leading hotels for our internships. Here I was interviewed by Mr Panagiotis Constantinidis, Director of Sales at the Metropolitan Hotel, an Alpine graduate himself. It was difficult for me to choose from all the offers I received.

With colleagues and Mr Parousis on Career Day! Excitement in the air!

I was selected by Mr Antonis Parousis to serve on the All Star F&B Team because I was a good student in his Food & Beverage Management course! That was a great experience and a pleasure to work with fellow students in preparing an All Star Lunch.

Serving dignitaries at the All Star Lunch.

Food & Beverage Practical classes were a lot of fun with my fellow students. Here we served Christmas Lunch to all the students, faculty and guests.

But it is not all work, work …. We also had our fun parties!

I am so proud of being a member of the Alpine family!

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Alpine Story | Elie Khoueiry - Certificate in Professional Cookery

Elie Khoueiry, Lebanon 

Certificate in Professional Cookery, March 2017

One of the best decisions i have made lately was to join Alpine Center, the Hospitality & Tourism Management Department of City Unity located in lovely Glyfada, for a 10-week course in Professional Cookery. I was aiming to take a short course in culinary arts to learn better about the world of food and learn some cooking skills, as i was a having a shift in career and found myself opening my own coffee shop. After a long search on the internet where most of the institutes offered longer courses with a long period of internship, I found the Alpine Center 10-week program.

You'll get to participate in theory classes with first year culinary arts students, learn skills in practical classes and work in a professional environment. The best morning classes with chef Giorgio Spanakis, where all the magic happens. He'll teach you the basic things, that's where you get to learn the secrets of the culinary world, from fresh pasta to making soups, bread, stocks and sauces to every aspect of basic cookery. Basically this is where you learn to cook in a professional kitchen; sometimes you'll make lunch for the students, some other times brunch and one of the best days we had was preparing a barbecue for the whole Alpine Center staff and students. You learn from the best in the business "The Grande" as we used to call him Chef Giorgio.

Let's not forget the middle of the week class with Chef Giorgia Kofinas! I found her a very inspiring person as a person and a real professional and dedicated at work. Her experience and positive energy will amaze you and you'll have the chance to participate in one of the most interesting practical classes, learn the spirit of cooking and learn how to cook the best Mediterranean dishes.

From the first day that I landed at the campus in lovely Glyfada, I was warmly welcomed by Mrs Hofmann who introduced me to the place, and since it was Saturday, took me out for lunch. Be sure, she and the Admissions Manager, Anastasia Konstantinidou will take care of you from the moment you step in the Alpine Center to the very end of your course.

All in all, I am grateful to have been able to attend this professional cookery 10 week course, and would recommend it to anyone who wishes to embark on a career in the culinary arts. I would also recommend the College to students who wish to specialize in hotel management and have a successful career in the hospitality world . My 10 weeks were perfect, I felt like i learned enough from one the best teachers and that I opened up since then to the world of culinary arts.

In closing, and in a few words, my sejour was really comfortable and the courses were more than interesting; the center of Athens was just a bus or tram ride away and the bus station was 1 minute away from the campus; you'll get to meet the most amazing students from all over the world in a very friendly and professional environment, while enjoying the beach walks and peaceful Glyfada! Wait for me Alpine I might be back for the Master’s program.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Alpine Story | Pavlos Tsouchlaris

MSc International Hospitality & Tourism Management, 2016

When I enrolled at City Unity College to follow the Swiss Alpine Center program of study in hotel management, I had heard so many success stories about graduates who have soared in their careers. I was truly motivated and now after having graduated in 2016 with the MSc International Hospitality & Tourism Management degree awarded by Cardiff Metropolitan University, also affiliated with City Unity College, I have begun to make my own success story.

I was privileged during my years of study as an Alpiner to have two internships at the Athens Hilton, and upon graduation I was offered the position of Coordinator in the Events & Conventions Department. Everyday my team and I are responsible for organizing all kinds of events, from small private meetings to international conventions for large corporations. The diversity of the work makes it so interesting, and the contact with customers and with my colleague is very energizing and motivating.

When I look back at the years I spent at Alpine Center & City Unity College, fond memories of the caring faculty and staff rush to my mind. From the Academic Dean to each and every lecturer, their commitment to the students’ success is amazing and highly appreciated. The tender, loving care of the staff from the Admissions Manager, Mrs Anastasia Konstantinidou to the Student Services Officer Mrs Manuela Pasche Alvertos and the Career & Placement Manager, Mrs Pigi Mantzouratou taught us how to be passionate about the people who care about you, and how to do things right! And lastly, the inspiration given to me by the President of Alpine Center’s International Programs, Mrs Sybil Hofmann is still driving me to achieve even more in my chosen career! Without her I wouldn't be here today. Alpine Center was, and still is, the best choice I have ever made !

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Thursday, February 9, 2017


Alpine Center’s Students In Great Demand By The Hospitality & Tourism Industry Worldwide

Alpine Center’s Annual Career Day, at City Unity, on 3 February 2017 was once again a gigantic success for all concerned.  Representatives from 27 leading hospitality companies had the opportunity to make presentations about the benefits of working for their organization.  They then conducted interview sessions for interested students to ascertain “best fit” between student and company personalities.
Companies that were present at the 2017 Career Day included
Adam Beach Hotel & Resort Cyprus, Aldemar Hotels,  Amanzoe Resort & Spa, Athens Hilton Hotel, Atlantica Hotels & Resorts, Canaves Oia Santorini, Costa Navarino Starwood Hotels, Daios Cove Luxury Hotel & Villas, Eagles Hotel, Electra Hotels, Elounda S.A. Hotels & Resorts,  Grace Hotel Group, Grande Bretagne Hotel, King George Hotel, Meeting Point Labranda Hotels, Metropolitan Athens Chandris Chain of Hotels (soon to be Marriott Hotel), Myconian Collection,  Mystique & Vedema Hotels Santorini, Nikki Beach Resort, Porto Carras Hotel, Radisson Blu Milatos Beach,  Sani Hotels & Resorts, Sheraton Rhodes, Santorini Secrets, St George Lycabettus Boutique Hotel,  and  Wyndham Grand Athens.

Other companies that we were not able to be present,  however will accept applications from our students in Greece include Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel, Grand Resort Lagonissi,, Tui Helas, Melia Hotels, Miraggio Hotel & Thermal Spa, Club Med, among others.
But this is not all.  Many international companies all over the world accept students and graduates including Food Fund AE in UAE, Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, W Barcelona, St. Regis Hotels in Qatar and Abu Dhabi, Jumeirah Hotels, UAE and Job-on-Ships, and all over the USA.

Feedback from company representatives who participated in the Career Day was overwhelmingly positive and Alpine students were highly praised, as always, for their professionalism and motivation. Through years of successful industry placements, Alpine has earned an international reputation of providing its students with the highest standard of education, including valuable skill sets.  This is why the demand for Alpine students is consistently four times greater than the supply!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Swiss Hospitality Education - Classes Starting Soon

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Are you considering a career in the hospitality and tourism industry? If so, congratulations, for you are choosing a career with one of the highest employability prospects throughout the world.


After three decades of service to the tourism and hospitality industry, Alpine Center has reasserted its strategic position for the future. It is and will continue to be one of the premier hotel and tourism management schools in Europe and a leader in developing and offering quality, cutting-edge programs of study that are recognized by industry worldwide and designed to equip students with the necessary skills to compete in a global market place.
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