Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project

Strengthening capacity of educational institutions to design tourism curricula in line with international best practice

20 Mar 2019

USAID BEST is supporting Jordanian universities to design their tourism and hospitality curricula in line with UNWTO TedQual certification criteria and international best practice. A four-day workshop on the topic was held in Amman in March for faculty from Ammon College, Balqa University, Hashemite University, Middle East University, University of Jordan and Yarmouk University. Attendees were equipped with a better understanding of the available approaches and choices for tourism and hospitality management curriculum design. Such efforts help to build the capacity of Jordan’s tourism and hospitality faculties and programs.

The workshops focused on expanding existing curricula and programs in line with international best practices, developing and updating formal processes for curricula and course syllabi and developing monitoring and quality assurance systems.  

This support follows on from a June 2018 review of tourism management programs at the participating Jordanian universities, which determined that their curricula needed to be assessed against the UNWTO TedQual International Certification and that aspects required change to reflect best practices for curriculum development and program internationalization.

Tourism is a key driver of Jordan’s economy as the single largest employer and highest generator of foreign exchange. To meet growing sector needs for an educated and qualified work force, BEST’s works closely with Jordanian universities to improve their tourism education and curriculum.