Lynn launches Switzerland Program through partnership with DCT University Center

University says agreement is the first of several in the works to formalize relationships with institutions around the world

Published Apr. 16, 2009

Lynn University today announced that it has signed an articulation agreement and established arrangements with the Swiss hotel management school DCT University Center that will create a Lynn “Switzerland Program.” The agreement, formalized last month, is the first of several articulation programs and partnerships the university is pursuing with other similar academic organizations overseas.

The agreement between Lynn’s College of Hospitality Management and the Lucerne-based institution will give a cohort of students in Switzerland the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Professional Studies from Lynn, delivered partially via distance learning using a combination of online and video conferencing courses. The classes will be taught remotely by Lynn faculty in Boca Raton, as well as through class sessions conducted on the ground in Lucerne at various intervals throughout the year. Participating Lynn hospitality faculty will teach a range of courses in a combination of eight and three-week segments offered specifically for students in residence at DCT’s campus.

The arrangement will also expand and enhance opportunities for Lynn hospitality students enrolled in the United States to study and work abroad. In addition to being able to participate in the Lynn courses offered during the summer at DCT, Lynn students will have access to an expanded selection of related academic program abroad experiences.  DCT is located in one of Europe’s best-known and most-visited tourism destinations, renowned for the quality of its hospitality practitioners and programs.

“This is an exciting opportunity for students in Switzerland to now obtain the same enlightening experiences and high quality education previously available only to those on our Boca Raton campus,” said Mike Hampton, dean of the College of Hospitality Management at Lynn. “The blended resources used to deliver the program are being combined through an innovative approach that will eventually enable students all around the world to gain access to learning that will give them a distinct competitive advantage in the international workplace.”

Mr. Walter Spaltenstein, President of DCT University Center, stated “We are enthusiastic about the debut of this unique program.  DCT’s international student body will now have the opportunity to interact directly with Lynn’s excellent faculty without the time and cost penalties involved in moving between countries and campuses.  At the same time, Lynn’s Florida students will gain access to additional international study options ranging from experiences of a few weeks to potentially a full year abroad program in the future. Both students and faculty at Lynn and at DCT can only benefit from the global nature of this new program – the first cohort will be a group of nine students who between them represent nine different nationalities.”

The DCT partnership is the first of several the university is exploring with educational organizations internationally. Lynn President Kevin M. Ross has said publicly that he expects Lynn to collaborate with institutions abroad that can offer the university’s students a rigorous curricular program and unique international experiences (a hallmark of a Lynn education), as well as expand the Boca Raton-based university’s global footprint. In DCT, Ross said, Lynn found the perfect first partner.

“DCT and Lynn have been in contact for more than a decade, waiting for the right time to formalize our relationship,” Ross says. “It was a lengthy courtship that, we believe, was well worth the wait. Our hospitality program is the perfect complement to DCT’s, and vice versa.”