Concept

Traditionally, finishing schools in Switzerland served young women from aristocratic European families. For example, Princess Diana, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall were educated here. The purpose was to provide them with teachings on social and cultural etiquette and graces, art, creative development and home management.

 

Once a young girl became a woman of a marriageable age, she began to receive training in the social graces. She then learned to cook, clean and keep a household as well as to entertain. Hosting parties was important to help her future husband as it was required to manage the social life of his friends, clients or business partners. Though these skills may seem menial or superficial, they were practical skills designed to prepare the young woman for her adult life and a successful marriage.

 

Over the years as women progressed from the dining room to the boardroom, most of these traditional Swiss institutions have closed. In their place, Institute Sarita introduces the modern-day finishing school to China in a modular format addressing the needs of today’s women.

 

Today there is a revival in etiquette for both men and women around the world. International savoir-vivre and refinement goes hand in hand with increasing Chinese wealth and power. Institute Sarita provides the social and cultural education for the modern Chinese lady to her successful partner, based on the traditional Swiss finishing school.