History of Les Roches | Les Roches 60th Anniversary

The Foundation

Les Roches didn’t start off as a Swiss hospitality management school, but as an international boarding school – the vision of the four Clivaz brothers. The four brothers grew up in Bluche, with its expansive skyscapes, stunning views over the Valais Alps and the Rhone Valley, and air that is said to sparkle like champagne.



The 1960s saw a steady growth in the number of enrolled students. By the mid-60s, the number of students had risen to 220, from 60 different countries in five different continents, with a large student body from the USA and Iran, among other nations.



The early 1970s was a period of consolidation for the Ecole des Roches; the late 1970s, a period of dramatic change. The school continued building on its foundations established in the 1950s of a rounded education balancing academic learning, with sport, healthy lifestyle, and well-being.

1980s (4v2)


For four years, from 1979 to 1983 the international boarding school and the hotel training school ran in tandem. Then in 1983, the doors closed to secondary school children, and the school’s sole focus became hotels and tourism. There were approximately 170 students.

1990s (6)


In the 1990s, the school consolidated its position as one of the world’s leading hotel management schools and grew steadily year on year to reach around 500 by 1999.

PGD 1st batch 2002


The millennial decade marked a time of great change for Les Roches.  In 2000, Sylvan International Universities, a branch of Sylvan Learning acquired the school and Les Roches became the Hospitality Center of Excellence for Sylvan International Universities.  Sylvan itself became Laureate Education Inc. in May 2004.

2014 May_Les Roches graduation .


This decade has seen Les Roches confirm its position as one of the most innovative and relevant hospitality management schools in the world. It has been – so far – a decade of unprecedented growth, success and recognition.