Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project

Supporting the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts to improve their academic programs

20 May 2019

In May 2019 USAID BEST awarded a grant to the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) to support the academy to expand its degree offerings and reform academic standards and curriculum specifications.

“I’m delighted and optimistic regarding the impact of USAID BEST’s support for developing our programs,” said Jacques Rossel, the Director of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts.

Through this grant, RACA will upgrade its student registration system, which will allow the academy to cope with the increase in students and diversification of degrees. USAID BEST will also support the development of a graduate alumnus tracking system that will help RACA understand the career path of alumni and keep track of their career development.

As part of RACA’s efforts to attract students from areas beyond Amman, USAID BEST and RACA will promote the academy’s culinary programs to youth and women in tourism areas outside Amman. Also, the academy will develop an e-library system that students will have free access to. This will reduce the cost burden of purchasing books and hopefully be an incentive for students from less affluent parts of the country to undertake studies at RACA.

USAID BEST and RACA will also work together to launch a pilot program to integrate graduates into culinary careers to help Jordan retain graduates rather than see them seeking opportunities elsewhere.

“The benefits for our current and prospective students from registration to graduation will be impactful,” asserted Mr. Rossel.

RACA is a non-profit private associate university college and is recognized as the leader in culinary education within Jordan and the Middle East. It has UNWTO TedQual International Certification and is recognized as an approved educational institution by the World Association of Chefs’ Societies.