Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Alpine Success Story | Philippe Charalambopoulos - BA(Hons) International Hospitality & Tourism Management

Philippe Charalambopoulos

BA(Hons) International Hospitality & Tourism Management 

Hospitality Management was not my first choice but it was my final one. I had already attended two other colleges with completely different majors, environmental sciences in the US and music production in the UK. Besides being an avid music lover, I had a passion to work with the people and help the environment. I experienced this first hand when I volunteered in various countries both in South East Asia and in East Africa. For me this was an education, something you can never learn in a classroom but only through experiences, mistakes that in the end become life lessons. I learnt more from poor local farmers than my environmental science professor could ever teach me in class. Working more with the local communities in each country, I fell in love with volunteering and at a younger age, hoped I could do this for the rest of my life. Reality, however, hit me hard and I knew volunteering would not be sustainable for me in the long run. Returning to Athens from Kenya, I made a vow that I will return and continue to help these people whenever I have the chance. Now, I had to think what career path I wanted to follow. I would have never thought hospitality, until my mother and a few friends suggested the idea to me and informed me there was an excellent college for that, right in my home city, Glyfada!

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.

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!

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!