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Royal Academy of Culinary Arts ‘commits to excellence’ in preparation for its transition to an applied university college

5 Sep 2019

USAID BEST is supporting the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts in its efforts to become an Technical University College, which will enable it to offer bachelor’s degree programs in culinary arts and ensure their ability to offer continued professional development for graduates.

As part of this work, in September 2019, BEST organized a workshop for the academy to review the step-by-step process for achieving  ‘Commitment to Excellence’ accreditation from the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) through their local partner, the King Abdullah II Center for Excellence. The accreditation process entails an overall analysis of an institute’s strategy, business practices and overall performance, engaging institute staff and generating valuable feedback and recommendations for self-improvement. During the workshop, BEST modelled EFQM ‘levels of excellence’ system for adoption and use by RACA, outlining its formal assessment and self-assessment processes. The workshop also introduced the ‘RADAR’  (Results, Approach, Deployment And Refinement) concept to RACA staff, which formalizes continuous evaluation, self-assessment and adaptation for ongoing action and strategy planning and will help the academy be more analytical and self-critical of current operations and determine the best means of future improvement.

Following on from the workshop, the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts will submit an application to KACE in January 2020 following a period of self-assessment by KACE-EFQM standards and the rectifying of any determined gaps.