Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project

Yarmouk University strives for tourism and hospitality education excellence

29 Jan 2018

 

The Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management at Yarmouk University has applied for the Tourism Education Quality (TedQual) Certificate for its Bachelor of Tourism Management program. This certificate, issued by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), will recognize the quality and competitiveness of the program on the international level.

Yarmouk University was established in 1976 and currently encompasses 13 faculties that offer 56 bachelor degree programs, 63 master degree programs, and 19 PhD programs in a variety of fields. The Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management was established in 2011, and awards a Master's Degree in Tourism Management as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Hotel Management and in Tourism Management.

USAID Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism (USAID BEST) is providing financial and technical support to Yarmouk University, to assist the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management in it’s strive to attain the international UNWTO TedQual certification.

The support is part of USAID BEST's greater efforts to upgrade tourism education and training methods in Jordan and develop the tourism workforce for a better visitor experience. Efforts such as this contribute to improving standards at hospitality establishments and help boost the competitiveness of Jordan’s tourism sector as a whole.

USAID BEST helped Yarmouk University upgrade its tourism and hotel management curriculum and research methods, and implement a six-month practical training program for faculty instructors. The training program embedded four professors in the hotel industry where they learned first-hand about the latest developments in hospitality, enabling them to better prepare students based on the current needs of the tourism sector.

 

Dr. Ziad Saad – Vice President of Yarmouk University

"We are seeking TedQual certification for our tourism management program as that would reflect the high quality of the program for Jordanian and international students.  It will give the students a sense of distinction and pride.”

Achieving the TedQual Certificate requires that a number of criteria be met, including the extent to which the applicant program serves local market needs, the strength of the curriculum and the competence and ability of graduates. All these and others are decided by a thorough audit and evaluation by UNWTO officials before approval or rejection.

USAID BEST has also supported the Amman Applied University College (AAUC) to renew TedQual certification for its Bachelor of Hotel Management, which was renewed last month. AAUC was the first Middle Eastern institution to receive a TedQual certification for a Bachelors of Hotel Management.

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