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21 Mar 2016

New MOOC: The Geopolitics of Hospitality

Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), Switzerland, and Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM), France, combine their assets to deliver the first ever MOOC in the Geopolitics of Hospitality, available from 25th April 2016, on the FutureLearn platform.

Both institutions are pairing their respective expertise, geopolitics for Grenoble Ecole de Management and hospitality for EHL, to deliver this one of a kind MOOC. Delivered over 4 weeks, 4 hours per week, Certificates are available upon completion.

« We are very excited to be launching this MOOC in collaboration with GEM. This will be the first online course for EHL, as part of a strategic priority to develop digital learning platforms for our students. Online academic programs, blended classroom-digital courses and more MOOCs are in the EHL pipeline for the upcoming months”, Fabien Fresnel, Chief Academic Officer at EHL.

The Speaker

The Geopolitics of Hospitality course will be taught by Yves Schemeil, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, at the University of Grenoble Alpes, and current visiting professor at the two institutions.

To deliver the four chapters that make up the MOOC he is joined by lecturers, chefs, butlers, wine stewards, EHL students and alumni. They will use diverse examples from around the world, and will rely on the work of historians, philosophers, anthropologists and political scientists.

 “The core idea behind this MOOC was to marry two disciplines that have been separated until now, and think globally, making accessible massive amounts of information about geopolitical relations through the hospitality angle”, explains Yves Schemeil.

Through the course, participants will gain a better understanding of the soft power exercised by States in the realms of hospitality and cooking and get another view on intercultural issues.

“Analyzing international relations can be complex. Starting with the microcosm of hospitality offers an easier and more amusing opportunity to learn about the parallels between interpersonal and diplomatic relations: on a more global scale this is exactly what geopolitics is about. Cooking pacifies social and international politics.

Providing good food and warm hospitality nurtures alliances, deters enemies, and internationalizes diverging visions of the world. During such processes, the global order becomes attuned and more sustainable. Soft politics replaces hard politics,” explains Yves Schemeil.

This course is designed for hospitality professionals, gourmet aficionados or foodies. Audiences with an interest in food and cuisine, but also intercultural issues, are welcome to register.

Chapters of the MOOC consist of

  1. A Philosophy of Food and Mood
  2. The Anthropology of Banquets
  3. Gastronomy and Hospitality
  4. Gastro-diplomacy and the World Order

About Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)

Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) is an ambassador for traditional Swiss hospitality since 1893 and is regularly recognized as the best hotel management school in the world, offering university-level studies to 2,289 students from close to 90 different countries. It has created and inspired a unique professional community of 25,000 hospitality managers, united by the values and the legacy of EHL.
EHL is a member of EHL Group, dedicated to helping talented students around the world build a successful and fulfilling hospitality career. Owned by a non-profit foundation, the E.H.L. (Holding) SA company manages the portfolio of specialized activities, including Lausanne Hospitality Consulting and the Swiss School of Tourism & Hospitality.

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